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Farmington: A Hub For Family Fun In St. Francois County

The town features many amenities, plus is surrounded by state parks & wineries

St. Joe State Park has many trails, including those for off-road vehicles use. photo courtesy Missouri State Parks.

August 24, 2018
With its location in St. Francois County, Farmington is a perfect jumping off point for a fall outing.

State parks, award-winning wineries even an ATV park can be easily accessed from Farmington, one hour south of St. Louis off Highway 67. The town also boasts its own amenities: 14 parks line the streets of Farmington, offering sites for fishing, playgrounds, ballfields, picnicking, walking trails and more. One park is dedicated to skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMX riders.

Established over 200 years ago, Farmington serves as a regional shopping hub and county seat for St. Francois County. The town is proud of its historic downtown district with quaint shops, local wineries, galleries and more.

Discover this town at the Farmington Fall Fest, Blues, Brews & BBQ on Friday, Sept. 21, 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. This family-friendly festival will feature a craft beer garden, food, unique craft vendors, the Wood Den Wood Carvers, Foothills Car Club Car Show, Pooch-A-Palooza, a kids corner and more.

Wine lovers are sure to find that perfect vintage at one of the area's 15 vineyards and wineries.

Golfers are invited to Farmington's world-class golf course. Formerly Eagle Lake Golf Club, Crown Pointe, situated on a 208-acre tract, was designed in 1993 by Gary Kern. Enjoy the private club-style amenities and four-star course of this public course.

Located at the edge of the Ozark Mountains in St. Francois County, nine state parks surround the area including Hawn, Elephant Rocks and St. Joe, Sam A. Baker and St. Francois. Each park offers its own unique features.

As a sampling of the state parks, St. Joe State Park is one of two off-road vehicle parks in the state park system. The park also features four lakes, two swimming beaches, equestrian trails, a hiking and bicycling trail and picnic sites, as well as two campgrounds capable of accommodating campers with ORV or horse trailers.

Explore the history of the lead business in the eastern Ozarks at Missouri Mines State Historic Site and see the processing plant of the former St. Joe Lead Company. The mine's former powerhouse has been turned into a museum and houses one of the Midwest's finest mineral collections.

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