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Missouri: St. Joe State Park
Posted on Friday, January 26 @ 23:00:00 CST by iljiana

Horse Camping & Trails 2800 Pimville Road
Park Hills, MO 63601 (573) 431-1069

St. Joe State Park is located in the heart of the old "Lead Belt" of southeast Missouri where much of the nation's lead ore was extracted for more than a century. In 1972, the St. Joe Minerals Corp. ceased operations and subsequently donated the land to the state in 1976.

Today, the 8,238-acre St. Joe State Park is Missouri's third largest state park, with approximately 2,000 acres set aside for the state's premier off-road vehicle (ORV) riding area. Contact the park office for more information about the special rules and regulations that apply.
The park also features two campgrounds capable of accommodating campers with ORVs and horses, a hiking/bicycling trail, equestrian trails, picnic sites and lakes for swimming and fishing. Visitors can explore several thousand acres of woodlands or spend their days relaxing in the great outdoors.
The historic mill buildings, where St. Joe Minerals once processed the lead ore, still stand nearby and have been designated as Missouri Mines State Historic Site. There you can enjoy an excellent mining museum featuring a large collection of geological specimens and antique mining and milling equipment.

Equestrian Trails

There are approximately 15 miles of wooded trails set aside for horses, mountain bicyclists and hikers. Some of the trails are quite rocky, while others are good earthen trails. Some portions of the trails follow along small streams. Red Trail is a 7.5-mile loop trail that originates and ends at Pimville Road.
People visiting for the day can park in a large paved lot, where vault toilets, water, picnic tables, barbecue grills and hitching posts are located.

Camping

Campground 2

Campground 2 is open April through October. It has 13 electric back-in gravel sites with 20 and 30 amp. breakers and 12 basic back-in gravel sites. There are two hitching posts at each campsite. Payment for first-come, first-served campsites must be made at the park office.

The showerhouse (flush toilets, hot showers and coin laundry facilities), playground, dump station and wood lot are located in Campground 1, but are accessible to all registered campers.

Directions:

From St. Louis
Travel south on I-55. At Festus, take U.S. Hwy. 67 south to the Leadington/Park Hills exit. Turn right onto Hwy. 32 west and travel about 3.5 miles before turning left onto Pimville Road (just before the railroad tracks). After traveling approximately 2.3 miles, the main park entrance will be on the left which is where the park office, ORV riding area, entrance to Campground 1, lakes and day-use areas are located.
From Cape Girardeau
Travel north on I-55 to Exit 150/Ste. Genevieve. Turn left onto Hwy. 32 west. At the Hwy. 32 and Route OO intersection, continue straight ahead on Route W through downtown Farmington. Cross Hwy. 67 (overpass) and turn right onto Bray Road; travel approximately one quarter mile. Turn left onto Pimville Road. After traveling approximately 2.5 miles, the entrance to Campground 2 will be on the right. Approximately 2.5 miles past that will be the main park entrance on the right where the park office, ORV riding area, entrance to Campground 1, lakes and day-use areas are located.
From Jefferson City
Travel south on U.S. Hwy. 63 to Hwy. 68 east, then to Hwy. 8 east which leads into Park Hills. Turn right onto Route Z and continue until you reach the first stoplight. Turn right onto Flat River Boulevard, then turn right onto Hwy. 32 west and travel approximately two miles before turning left onto Pimville Road (just before the railroad tracks). After traveling approximately 2.3 miles, the main park entrance will be on the left and is where the park office, ORV riding area, entrance to Campground 1, lakes and day-use areas are located.

For more information: http://www.mostateparks.com/stjoe.htm

 
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