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St. Joe State Park

Park Information

The roar of engines breaks the stillness of the Old Lead Belt at St. Joe State Park, one of two off-road vehicle parks in the state system. The sand flats, hills, and 2,000 acres set aside for off-road vehicle use make the park the premiere off-road vehicle area. The park also features four lakes, with two swimming beaches, an equestrian trail, a hiking and bicycling trail, and picnic sites, as well as two campgrounds capable of accommodating campers with ORV or horse trailers.

Park Hours

Park Grounds:

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through September
    7 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    October through March
    7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Gates to day-use areas, which would include the off-road vehicle (ORV) riding area, lakes and Pim day-use area, open and close at these times. Trailheads, including paved bicycle/walking trails and equestrian trails, close at sunset.

ORV Staging Area hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through September
    7 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    October through March

    7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Gates to day-use areas, which would include the off-road vehicle (ORV) riding area, close at these times.

Park Office hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through September
    7 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily 
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    October through March
    7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Monsanto Beach hours

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Pim Beach hours

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

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.