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Missouri Mines State Historic Site

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Lead has been big business in the eastern Ozarks since about 1720. Come explore its history – and see the processing plant of the former St. Joe Lead Company – in the heart of the Old Lead Belt at Missouri Mines State Historic Site. The mine’s former powerhouse has been turned into a museum that interprets the area’s lead mining history, displays actual machinery from the mines and houses one of the Midwest's finest mineral collections.

Park Hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April through November
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • December through March
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday
    12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday
    Groups (15+ people) can schedule tours in advance for any day of the week.

The historic site is closed New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

Name that Trail: This trail is designed especially for people with visual or physical disabilities and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. The trail passes by a quarry pond, which now supports a variety of animal life. A short spur off of the trail takes hikers to the top of the granite outcrop, where they can explore the maze of giant elephant rocks. A second spur brings you to a point overlooking an old quarry site, where Missouri red granite was quarried from the 1860s through the early 1900s. Don’t know the answer? Get your copy of Trails of Missouri State Parks and read more about this and other exciting trails in Missouri state parks and historic sites at mostateparks.com.