Park Trails

at St. Joe State Park

Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Riding Area

  • ATV

Length: 2,000 Acres View map

This area is about 2,000 acres, 800 of those with a surface of tailings, which is a crushed limestone referred to as “sand flats.”  The remaining area is wooded hillsides. Motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), four-wheel-drive vehicles, dune buggies, side-by-side vehicles and snow mobiles are permitted to use the area. A daily $5 ride permit  can be purchased at the park office.

Specific safety gear is required, including DOT-approved helmets for all users except those driving or riding in a fully enclosed metal cab. Flags are required for any vehicle with three or more wheels. There is a list of regulations.

Only motorcycles, ATVs and side by sides are permitted to use the trails in the woods.  The other larger vehicles are restricted to the “sand flats,” which have a vegetated desert-like appearance. The drier the tailings, the more difficult it is to maneuver vehicles. It is easier to maneuver vehicles on the tailings if they are slightly firm with moisture. The wet tailings can be misleading; if you get stuck, the tailings seem to take on a quicksand-like characteristic.

Most of the wooded trails are identified with a three digit numbering system.  The “100” trail circumvents the entire riding area. The wooded trails vary in difficulty, from a relatively flat earthen type surface to steep, rocky, eroded slopes.  

Trailhead amenities include loading ramps, vault toilets, a change house, picnic tables, barbecue grills, water hydrants, a drinking fountain, a shower tower, three first-come, first-served picnic shelters and an ORV Rinse Station.

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
2,000 Acres   Linear Blue

Off-Road Vehicle Staging Area