The off-road vehicle (ORV) riding area is approximately 2,000 acres. It has been set aside for motorcycles, all terrain vehicles (ATVs), dune buggies and four-wheel drive vehicles. There are about 800 acres of “sand-flats,” a sand-like substance of crushed limestone, which is a lead-mining remnant. The remainder of the area is wooded hillsides that are steep in some areas.
The ORV staging area is located north of the park office and has three small shelters, vault toilets, water, a change house, picnic tables and barbecue grills. Pim Lake and beach are adjacent to this area.
A $3 daily fee is required for each off road vehicle. The off-road riding area is open during the following times:
- 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily from October through March and
- 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily from April through September.
ORV Rules and Regulations
There are approximately 15 miles of wooded trails set aside for horses, mountain bicyclists and hikers. Some of the trails are quite rocky, while others are good earthen trails. Some portions of the trails follow along small streams.
People visiting for the day can park in a large paved lot, where vault toilets, water, picnic tables, barbecue grills and hitching posts are located.
There are 13.8 miles of paved bicycle trails. Bicyclists, hikers, skate boarders and roller skaters are permitted on the trails. Motorized vehicles and horses are not permitted on these trails. Blankshire and Harris Branch trail heads are located along Pimville Road. Other trail accesses are located at the Pim day-use area, Missouri Mines State Historic Site and the Farmington trail head. Water is available from April through October at the Blankshire trail head and at the Pim day-use area. Vault toilets are located at the Blankshire trail head, the Harris Branch trail head and the Pim day-use area.
The terrain ranges from level to fairly steep hills along some portions of the trail. The portion of the trail north of Pimville Road is eight miles in length; the portion south of Pimville Road is three miles in length. The spur connecting the Pim day-use area to the bicycle trail is .6 miles in length and fairly level. The half-mile spur connecting Missouri Mines State Historic Site to the northern portion of the bicycle trail is also mostly level. The newest section of the trail that connects the bicycle trail at approximately the 1.5 mile marker to the Farmington trail head is 1.7 miles long.
Lakeview Trail is a 1.5-mile loop that can be accessed from the Pim day-use area or from the Monsanto Lake area. It is partially paved (.2 mile), which is ADA accessible. The rest of the trail is both level and steep, and is earthen and rocky. This trail is for use by walkers and mountain bicyclists.
ORV Rules and Regulations
- A permit is not required for entrance to the park. It is required only for off-road vehicles (ORVs) in the ORV area. Please attach the permit to your ORV or have it in your possession before entering the ORV area.
- Operators and passengers of motorized vehicles must wear protective helmets that meet Department of Transportation (DOT) or ANSI Z90.1 certification. The only exceptions are vehicles with fully enclosed metal cabs.
- Motorized vehicles must be equipped with functioning brakes and muffler, with noise limit not to exceed 86dBA. Motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) must be equipped with a spark arrestor.
- Motorized vehicles, except motorcycles, must be equipped with a flexible mast - minimum 72 inches in length with an orange flag measuring at least 72 square inches displayed at the top of the mast.
- Passengers are not allowed on motorcycles or ATVs unless the manufacturer has designed the vehicle for more than one person.
- Operators under 16 years of age and unlicensed operators must have direct supervision by a licensed adult while operating motorcycles and ATVs.
- Operation of an ORV while using or under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the ORV area.
- Motorized vehicles, except motorcycles and ATVs, must be equipped with seat belts for each occupant, and these must be fastened while the vehicle is in motion.
- The speed limit in the staging area and parking lot is five miles per hour. No exhibition driving is allowed in these areas.
- Dune buggies and four-wheel drive vehicles are permitted only in the tailings area, not on the wooded trails.
- Any violation of any of these rules and regulations may result in the revocation of the permit.
- The ORV area is subject to topographic changes. Be alert for inclines, changing slopes and sudden drop offs. Operate your vehicle at a safe and prudent speed at all times.
- Special vegetative management areas are located throughout the ORV riding area that require vegetative regrowth in order to reduce or stop erosion. Riding on large grass-covered areas on the "flats" and extremely steep, eroded trails in the wooded areas kills the grass and jeopardizes the tailings' stability. Some areas are identified by an 8-inch red octagonal sign. The project is ongoing and some areas have not yet been identified. We need your help in order to maintain these areas. If the above description fits a location, please do not ride there. Noncompliance is punishable.
- The ORV boundary is identified by red and white signs. Riding outside the boundary, which has been established to maintain a buffer and minimize impact on adjacent landowners, is prohibited.
Because of the safety requirements and for the visitors' convenience, the park sells Department of Transportation-approved helmets, six-foot staffed orange flags and flag parts. Safety items can be purchased elsewhere, but must comply with the stated regulations.
Park Rules and Regulations
- Beach: No cans, glass bottles, coolers or pets are allowed.
- Fishing: State fishing regulations apply. Permit must be obtained for Apollo and Jo Lee lakes. Electric motors only.
- Camping: Detailed information is available at park office and posted on bulletin boards.
- Playground: Small children must be supervised at all times.
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the ORV area, beaches, Pim Day-Use Area or parking lots.