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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

Sometime between 1936 and 1938, the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution published “The Old Tavern; Book of Recipes,” which contained more than 700 recipes from DAR members and the J. Huston Tavern at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. The recipes offered a unique glimpse into our food culture during the early years of the 20th century. On page 36 is a recipe for buttermilk biscuits: “Add to ½ sifter of flour, 1 scant tsp. soda, ¼ tsp salt, 2 level tsp. baking powder. Sift into mixing bowl. Cut in with fork 2 heaping tbsp. lard, 1pt. buttermilk. Turn onto floured board, knead to soft dough, Roll 3/8 inch thick. Bake in greased pan in hot oven. 30 biscuits.” You can try the recipe itself or enjoy the fine food served today at the J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continually operating restaurant west of the Mississippi. For more information, visit http://www.mostateparks.com/park/arrow-rock-state-historic-site.