News Release 251

Hike on May 8 will highlight St. Joe State Park

Volume 38-251 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., APRIL 22, 2010--Discover the history of St. Joe State Park in Flat River and what makes it a popular recreational area during a hike May 8. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the free hike will begin at 10 a.m.

The hike will be led by interpretive staff from Missouri Mines State Historic Site, which is adjacent to the park. Interested hikers should meet at the Missouri Mines State Historic Site trailhead for the two-mile round trip. The hike will travel along the north end of the park's bicycle trail to the Davis Creek dam, which created the desertlike terrain of the off-road vehicle area. Along the way, there will be a discussion of the mining industry's role in creating the park, and hikers can watch for birds, spring wildflowers and reptiles.

Missouri Mines State Historic Site is located on the south side of Highway 32, two miles west of the Leadington/Park Hills exit on Highway 67. For more information, contact the historic site at 573-431-6226 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telcommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit