County Parks are open for everyone to use and we hope that you
enjoy your visit. From time to time, individuals require assistance.
Park Rangers are present at many parks to provide that service.
The Rangers have full police powers and will be present to make
your parks safe. Your Parks and Recreation Department has the
responsibility to provide you with safe and functional parks.
Below are descriptions of some of the parks Jefferson County
has to offer:
River Saddle Club
You are encouraged to attend any of the horse shows held at
the Big River Saddle Club Horse Arena. If you own a horse, or
enjoy watching horses, this facility is for your enjoyment.
You can work your horse in the arena or show your stuff at one
of the horse shows.
This facility will allow you to test your angler skills on the
Big River. This area produces some of the best small mouth fishing
in the state. So get your boat ready and your line wet to enjoy
a wonderful day on the beautiful Big River.
If fishing is not your chosen form of recreation, but a float
trip interests you, you can launch at the boat ramp and take
a long, relaxing, scenic 18.3-mile trip down to Morse Mill Park.
This is a long trip so start early to assure that you finish
You can step back in time at the Fletcher House. Built in 1851
by Thomas E. Fletcher (Missouri's first native-born Governor,
and Friend of the Sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln), this
structure provides a snap shot of Missouri's past. You can talk
with Governor Fletcher, Mrs. Fletcher, President Lincoln, the
housemaid, and the house cook at the annual Ghost Walk. This
special event, held each October, is not a haunted house. It
is designed to make the past come alive and to teach Missouri
County Winter Park
If you enjoy a sandy beach, swimming and fun, you will enjoy
Jefferson County Winter Park. Upon your arrival, you can select
picnic tables over looking the Meramec River. Your view will
allow you to survey the swimming area and the fast paced action
of the personal watercrafts, powerboats and anglers. If this
activity does not interest you, you can play volleyball on the
sand pit volleyball court. Or, relax in the water as the waves
of the Meramec River beat against the shore.
The Big River is waiting for you at Morse Mill Park. Small Mouth
Bass, Crappie, Catfish and other game fish are ready to test
your angling skills. If fishing is not exciting for you, you
can use the beach and watch the water shoot through the Old
Mill Dam or you may use this location to launch your canoe or
inner tube for a fun filled 10.9-mile float to Cedar Hill Park.
If you like secluded areas, wild flowers, and wild life and
walking trails, you will love Pleasant Valley Nature Preserve.
This facility will allow you to use 40 acres, all devoted to
the natural wild life. You can use the picnic facilities, playground,
or trails. This is the location of several camps and special
events conducted by Civic organizations. This facility is yours
to use on a first come first serve basis. Contact the Park office
When you want to spend a relaxing afternoon next to the Big
River, this is the spot for you. A dam creates a cascading waterfall
producing an environment that naturally relaxes you. The river
is commonly used for fishing, swimming and boating. Picnic facilities
will provide you with tables, grills and volleyball court. To
challenge your angling skills, you may access the Big River
by the concrete boat ramp on the up streamside of the dam.
Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site (636) 464-2976
Sandy Creek Covered Bridge boasts the picture-perfect appearance
of an old red barn. It was one of six bridges built in 1872
to allow passage from the Jefferson County seat of Hillsboro
to St. Louis.
The Big River is a tributary of the Meramec River in east-central
Missouri. It forms part of the boundary between Jefferson County
and Saint Francois County and also part of the boundary between
Jefferson County and Washington County. It empties into the
Meramec River, opposite Eureka, where the Meramec forms the
border between Jefferson County and Saint Louis County. The
river flows though the communities of Belgrade, Irondale, Park
Hills, Bonne Terre, Morse Mill, Cedar Hill, Byrnesville, and
Byrnes Mill. Tributaries of Big River include Flat River, Belew
Creek, Turkey Creek, Mill Creek, Mineral Fork, Calico Creek,
Dulin Creek, and Jones Creek. This river is the namesake of
Big River Township in Jefferson County.
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