Don Robinson was a St. Louis area businessman, who made his fortune creating and selling a cleaning product called "Off" using late-night infomercials. He used the profit to purchase rugged and wooded countryside in Jefferson County, MO because, in his words, it was "wild and wooly with lots of canyons." Upon his death, the land was donated to Missouri State Parks.
The park includes two trails and a day-use area in the upper watershed of the LaBarque Creek. You will find an extensive network of sandstone cliffs and box canyons, shelter caves, as well as glades and forested areas. The park is also home to over 650 species of plants, and attracts numerous migratory songbirds.
When entering the park, follow the road up to the main parking lot, which includes a restroom, shelter, a large patio with chairs, and the home of Don Robinson. From the main parking lot, it is a short walk to either the Sandstone Canyon (red) trail or the LaBarque Hills (blue) trail. There is an additional gravel parking lot available for overflow during peak attendance. Park is heavily trafficked. Make sure to take a map, as visitors have gotten lost on trails due to many offshoots.
Don Robinson State Park opens at 7:00 AM and closes 30 minutes after sunset.
No permits necessary. More information can be found at https://mostateparks.com/page/89646/don-robinson-state-park-trails
Dogs are allowed in the park and on all trails, but must be kept on a leash. Trails are only open to hikers, and are in good condition for dogs to travel.