News Release 150

Hike on May 21 will highlight St. Joe State Park

Volume 39-150 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CTY, MO., MAY 12, 2011 – Learn about the terrain of St. Joe State Park in Park Hills and what makes it a popular recreational area during a hike May 21. The hike will begin at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public to attend.

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’s recreational area, 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