The town of St. Maries is nestled in the beautiful St. Joe Valley where the St. Joe and the St. Maries Rivers meet. Locals call St. Maries the gateway to the "Joe" and the St. Joe portion of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Visit the historic Hughes House Museum and Visitor Center for a glimpse into the past and to learn more about the logging town's colorful history.
St. Maries is a hub for many recreational activities, including a the beautiful St. Maries Golf Club, a nine-hole golf course located just one mile east of town. Many summer softball tournaments are held in scenic community. St. Maries offers camping, lodging, small specialty shops as well as a variety of restaurants for the shopper or sportsman.
In the nearby Panhandle National Forest, you can walk the easy half-mile trail at the Hobo Cedar Grove Botanical Area (ancient giant cedars). Digging for the star garnet in the Emerald Creek Garnet Area, is a memorable experience for many visitors.
Established in 1908, Heyburn State Park is both the oldest state park in the Northwest and the largest State Park (5,500 acres of land and 2,300 acres of water) in Idaho. Located just west of St. Maries, the park includes Benewah, Hidden and Chatcolet Lakes and is home to one of the largest nesting populations of osprey in North America. There are three campgrounds, a marina, museum, and beach.
Heyburn State Park