Park Trails

at St. Joe State Park

Hickory Ridge Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 4 Miles View map

Trail Rating: Moderate

Hickory Ridge Trail takes users through sections of typical hardwood woodlands including hickory trees and sections of shortleaf pine, Missouri’s only native pine. The terrain is varied with natural surface, rocky portions, level areas and steep inclines, which makes the trail popular with mountain bikers. This trail is a loop but white connector trails 1 and 2 allow users to shorten or lengthen the route and connect with other trails. Campers in Campground 2 have access to this trail from the basic loop and the electric loop. The trail shares a trailhead and a section with Pine Ridge Trail. It is a multi-use trail and hikers and bicyclists are asked to yield to the horses.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
4 Miles 3 hours Loop Green

Equestrian Staging Area

Lakeview Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 1.25 Miles View map

Trail Rating: Easy

The majority of Lakeview Trail is natural surface (dirt and rock), but a two-tenths of a mile section along Monsanto Lake is paved.  Portions of the trail along the lake follow the contours with a few rolling hills. Other portions of the trail are somewhat steep with loose gravel. The trail is suitable for mountain biking.   

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bridges and/or structural crossings
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.25 Miles 40 minutes Loop Orange

1) Monsanto day-use area; 2) Oun day-use area

Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Riding Area

  • ATV

Length: 54 miles View map

The Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Riding Area consists of 54 miles of trail, some of which are a surface of tailings (crushed limestone rock, a sandlike substance referred to as the “sand-flats”).  The remaining area is wooded hillsides.  Motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-side vehicles (also known as Utility All-Terrain Vehicles – UTVs), dune buggies, four-wheel drive vehicles and snow mobiles are permitted to use the area.  Permits can be purchased at the park office.  Specific safety gear is required.  Please review the complete list of rules and regulations available on the web at mostateparks.com or obtain a copy from the park office.     

Only motorcycles, ATVs and the UTVs are permitted to use the trails in the woods. The other larger vehicles, due to their size, are restricted to the sandflats, which have a vegetated desertlike appearance. Trails are identified with a three digit numbering system.  The “100” trail, which circumvents the entire riding area, is identified with blue blazes. The wooded trails vary in difficulty from relatively flat earthen type surface to very steep, rocky, eroded slopes.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Low hanging vegetation
  • Physically challenging obstacles
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to trail
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
  • Occasional water over trail
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Off-Road Vehicle Riding Rules
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
54 miles   Linear Blue

Off-Road Vehicle Staging Area

Paved Bicycle Trail

  • Accessible
  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 11 Miles View map

Trail Rating: Easy

Paved Bicycle Trail is open for hiking and biking and a 3.75 mile section is wheelchair accessible. Users of the trail will experience a wide variety of plant and animal life as well as catching glimpses of the park’s off-road vehicle riding area. Certain sections of the trail have inclines greater than 10 percent while other sections have drop-offs close to the edge.

The first two trailheads are located along the main 11 mile loop and are called the Blankshire and Harris Branch trailheads. Both of these trailheads offer access to the section of the trail that is accessible to wheelchairs. A third trailhead is located just north of the park office at the Pim Day-Use Area. If starting at and returning to this trailhead, users can expect a total trip of 12.50 miles. If users start at the trailhead at Missouri Mines State Historic Site, the round trip will be 12.25 miles. The Farmington trailhead in the southeast part of the park offers a round trip of 14.50 miles.

You may experience:

  • Slippery conditions and/or downed vegetation
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to trail
  • Bridges and/or structural crossings
  • Road/highway crossing
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
11 Miles 5 hours, 30 minutes Loop Yellow Blankshire trailhead, Harris Branch trailheads, Pim Day-Use Area trailhead, Missouri Mines State Historic Site trailhead, Farmington trailhead

Pine Ridge Trail

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 12.6 Miles View map

Trail Rating: Moderate

Pine Ridge Trail offers a wide variety of terrain. Part of the trail has a natural surface of dirt or gravel-sized rock while other parts are extremely rocky ranging from almost like a creek bed to areas where rock outcroppings make it difficult to maneuver. Portions are relatively steep while other sections are rather level. Some sections will take users through a typical hardwood woodland while other sections travel through pine trees. The trail crosses a stream in a few places, but during very dry weather; the stream may not have water in it. 

Campers in Campground 2 have trail access from the basic loop and the electric loop. This trail shares a trailhead and a section with Hickory Ridge Trail. White connectors 1 and 2 provide access to portions of Hickory Ridge Trail. White connector 3 can be used to shorten the hike or ride. The trail is popular with hikers, equestrian users and mountain bikers. Hikers and bicyclists should yield to equestrian users. The trail offers a designated backpack camp.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
  • Road/highway crossing
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
12.6 miles 9 hours, 25 minutes Loop Red

Equestrian Staging Area