Don Robinson State Park consists of 843 acres in Jefferson County, Missouri. The land for the park was bequeathed to the state by self-made businessman from that area, Don Robinson, following his death in 2012. Robinson made a lot of money marketing a spot remover called “Off” on late night TV. Robinson started acquiring the land in the 1960s and stopped when he realized his ambition of amassing a holding the same size as New York City’s Central Park. The land is in the upper watershed of the LaBarque Creek. The park includes an extensive network of sandstone cliffs and box canyons, outcrops and shelter caves as well as glades and upland and bottomland forests. Several state-listed plant and animal species of conservation concern can be found in the park.
This State Park opened to the public for day use in January, 2017. The land is southeast of Pacific, and, is about a half hour from the St. Louis suburbs. Visitors can explore this amazing park through a network of trails, then relax with friends and family in the shady picnic area. There are two loop type trails: Sandstone Canyon Trail (4 miles) and LaBarque Hills Trail (2.40 miles), both with Trail Rating Moderate.