Park Trails

at St. Joe State Park

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