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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - Jan/Feb 2018 

Phase II construction of Matson Hill Park is nearly complete.

New Year, New Developments

Happy New Year! Progress to enhance and develop our regional parks system continues into the new year. Here's a look at some of those projects:

In 2017, the County began restoration of the Daniel Boone Hays Home, also known as Hays Farm, a historic home located near Defiance and just two miles from The Historic Daniel Boone Home. The home, situated in Matson Hill Park, was built by Daniel Boone Hays, grandson of the famous frontiersman and pioneer Daniel Boone. The beautiful 1830s stone home will feature museum quality displays on the Hays and Boone families when restoration is complete in 2018. Situated in the valley of the Femme Osage Creek, and located just southwest of the main entrance to the park, the home is part of the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to the home restoration, the Parks Department is building a connector trail. You'll soon be able to ride or hike from Matson Hill Park to The Historic Daniel Boone Home by way of the historic Katy Trail, all while taking in scenic views of the Missouri Wine Country.   
You'll feel like you've stepped back in time while walking across our new covered bridge trail in Defiance. Constructed out of reclaimed barn wood, the charming structure was installed at The Historic Daniel Boone Home, a 294-acre park that features the historic home of Daniel Boone. The walking trail is about a tenth of a mile in length. It loops around an orchard on park property, then connects to the village grounds in the park. The rustic covered bridge trail is not only the perfect place to walk your furry friend, but it's becoming a popular place for newlywed couples to capture stunning photos. In addition to the new bridge trail, crews are putting finishing touches on the renovations to the interior and exterior of the gift shop located on park property. New doors, windows, and a new cedar-planked roof were installed outside, as well as a fresh coat of paint throughout, and a refurbished antique counter was installed inside. The gift shop sells light refreshments, handmade soaps, historic books and frontier souvenirs. 

Construction of our newest 120-acre park development, located between Pitman Hill and Kisker Roads in Cottleville, is on track to open this summer. The park will feature a destination playground for children of all abilities, an interactive water play area that is activated by motion, a walking and biking trail system, fishing lakes, a dog park, play fields and more! Visit us online or call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535.

The Grand Pavilion at The Historic Daniel Boone Home accommodates 200 and is available to reserve throughout the year.
Looking for a Special Venue?

If you're planning a wedding, family reunion, corporate picnic, or special event next year, consider all your County Parks have to offer. St. Charles County Park accommodations fill up fast!

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, guests can book any inside facility through January, 1, 2020 – that's two years in advance from the current date! Our spacious facilities include the lodge and gazebo at Quail Ridge Park, a meeting facility at Klondike Park, The Grand Pavilion (featured in the photo) and Old Peace Chapel at The Historic Daniel Boone Home, and the meeting room at the Broemmelsiek Park Visitors Center. Reservations for park pavilions, camping cabins, campsites and other outdoor facilities are available one year in advance.

For more information about these facilities, visit, or call the parks department at 636-949-7535 to find out if your date is available.  .  

Make plans to visit St. Charles County Parks this winter and walk, hike, or ride the trails.

Stay Active on the Trails   

Is your New Year's resolution to get more activity in your day, lose weight, or become healthier? We can help you start now. St. Charles County Parks has more than
45-miles of natural, paved, and multi-use trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use, and they're open all winter, weather permitting. There's an adventure waiting for you in the County park of your choice!

Make plans now to join us for our Winter Trails Day Hike at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, at Quail Ridge Park near Wentzville.

No matter the weather that day, you can grab your favorite hiking boots, cross country skis, or snow shoes and follow us on a guided tour through the park. This fun, family-friendly event introduces all ages to outdoor winter activities and offers a unique outdoor experience. Participants can registers to win a night of cabin camping or two nights of tent camping at St. Charles County’s Klondike Park near Augusta. Participants must be present to win.

For more information or to pre-register for the event, visit or call the parks department at 636-949-7535.

Recycle your natural Christmas tree at Quail Ridge Park through Jan. 15.

Recycle Christmas Trees

If you're looking for a place to take your natural Christmas tree after the holidays, look no further. Just drop it off at the Group Picnic Area parking lot at Quail Ridge Park on Dec. 26 through Jan. 15. The park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset, daily. Before bringing a tree to the park, you must remove the tree stand, all decorations, and any coverings. 

The annual tree recycling program is a partnership between the parks department and the Division of Environmental Health and Protection. When recycled, the evergreens are chipped into mulch and serve as fish habitat in our park lakes. 

To learn about additional tree recycling locations in the county, visit, or call Doug Bolnick, Department of Public Health Public Information Officer at

Experience Christmas Candlelight Walks in the Park.

Whoo-Hoo! It's a Snow Day!

Get ready to have snow day fun with the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at Quail Ridge Park this winter!

If area schools cancel classes, the temperature is not too cold to venture outside, and there is at least four inches of snow on the ground to go sledding, parks department staff are prepared to entertain children with a fun snow activities in the park. 

In addition to traditional sledding activities in the park, children of all ages will participate in an afternoon of snow games, snowman building contests, and snow relays. The winners of each activity receive candy and prizes. A fire ring will be set up for the parents who want to come out and watch.

To find out if we are hosting a Snow Day event in the park, follow us on our St. Charles County Park Facebook page or call the parks department at 636-949-7535. 

Check out the 2018 program schedule on our website at

Programs for All Ages and Interests

Play and learn with the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department this year. The parks department offers a variety of programs, camps, special events and hands-on activities for citizens of all ages and interests.  

Coming up: Don’t miss our Little Explorer Nature program the first Thursday of the month, Jan. 4, at Broemmelsiek Park near Wentzville, and our Crafty Kids activity happening on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Broemmelsiek Park. 

For more information about programs scheduled now through April, check out the 2018 activity guide on our website at

Holiday Toy Train Display opens Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Heritage Museum.

Eagle Watching at Hideaway Harbor

Each winter, hundreds of American Bald Eagles migrate to our area to roost near Hideaway Harbor Park, a beautiful 48-acre riverside park near Portage des Sioux. Whether you're a novice or a long-time eagle-watcher, this is the place to be!

Bring the family, a set of binoculars, or a spotting scope, and look for these majestic birds in flight, perched in park trees, nesting and feeding off the open Mississippi River.

Eagle watching is best during the morning hours and viewing opportunities at Hideaway Harbor Park typically extend through March. 

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