Matson Hill Park
About the Park
- Historic sites
- Restrooms located at the trailhead and the parking lot at the Hays Home
Matson Hill Park is 475 acres of rugged, heavily forested parkland, which has become the area's Number One hiking and biking destination. Offering more than 6 miles of natural surface trails, this historical property is situated in the "Daniel Boone Region" and is perfect for any outdoor getaway or retreat and open to the public to explore.
The Hays Home is Open! **
Enjoy a historic adventure in the park at this new attraction that is now open to visitors for the first time. Once owned by the grandson of Missouri pioneer Daniel Boone, the newly renovated home is open for self-guided tours as of December 2020.
The 1830s stone dwelling features a new interpretive center with artifacts and displays that showcase the Hays and Boone families. The main floor houses exhibits, while the top floor features turn-of-the-century furnishings, including smaller artifacts once owned by family heirs.
Upon arrival, park interpretive staff will greet guests outside and give an overview of the property surrounding the historic house. During these educational experiences, guests will learn about the history of the Hays family and the story of the land established in the scenic Femme Osage valley and how it relates to the rich history of the region.
Located off Highway F, just two miles from The Historic Daniel Boone Home, guests interested in touring the house will enter the site at Stub Road on the north end of the heavily forested 474-acre park. Admission to the historic home is free! It's open from 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Saturday; and 12–4:30 p.m., Sunday. Group tours of 15 or more and school field trips are available with a reservation.
While you're there, visit the Hays family cemetery on park property where Daniel Hays, his wife, Mary "Polly" Hays, and six of their 12 children are buried.
For more information, call The Historic Daniel Boone Home at 636-798-2005.
** Temporarily closed for construction of new shelter.
Future plans for this newly developed area of the park include the construction of an 1830s style timber-framed barn-like shelter with historic architecture and double doors that open on three sides. This new venue will accommodate up to 100 guests and be available to reserve for weddings and special events throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook to find out when the barn will open.
New gravity flow mountain bike trails are under construction and will be open this summer!
- Take Highway 94 to Highway F
- Take a left on Stub Road into the park