Things to Do
First time visitors are always astonished by our quant little town and in the recreation we have to offer. There’s always somewhere to play in St. Maries great outdoors. With its spectacular forest and river setting, St. Maries provides wonderful experiences, whether for a day or a lifetime. St. Maries offers visitors and residents alike all the services that are needed for an excellent quality of life.
Our recreational offerings run the entire gamut – from leisurely walks along the tranquil waters of the St. Joe River, to nature walks at nearby Heyburn Park, or the more challenging Marble Creek walking trail system. Family bicycle rides along the Hiawatha Rail Trail (training wheels for the grand-kids are okay). Cruise boat rides from Heyburn Park or inner-tube floats down the Shadowy St. Joe or St. Maries River. Fishing, huckleberry picking, golfing, mountain biking, and much more. Add to this the hundreds of miles of accessible groomed snowmobile trails and you have a full year. Any age, any interest – enjoy!
The layout of the city makes walking and bicycling easier than most places. Within walking distance of downtown, visitors will find the Historic Hughes House, an art gallery, a city park with tennis courts, picnic facilities, a swimming pool, a bowling alley, eight softball fields, and a riverfront park with beach, picnic and docking facilities. St. Maries has many small specialty shops and retail and service businesses for the shopper or sportsman. Stop in the Chamber of Commerce office to pick up a brochure of the “Sidewalk Walking Tour.” The murals depicting St. Maries history are located throughout downtown St. Maries.
Mural brochure(pdf. file)
Join the many bird watchers from throughout the northwest who find our area a source of satisfaction for their hobby. White swan, blue heron, osprey and eagle. The nations’ largest concentration of nesting birds is located seven miles away. Rock-hounds can dig for the Star Garnet, found only in Idaho and India. Stop at Mullan park to visit the display turn-of-the-century logging memorabilia, along with a steam powered three-spool Willamette donkey engine. Benewah County Fairgrounds has a well groomed horse arena.
One visit will not begin to cover the diversions of Northern Idaho. A summer would only sample the fishing, boating and such. A winter might let you ski or snowmobile all the runs. A spring spent driving back roads might show you where the wildflowers lurk. And a fall search for Golden Aspens only touches the high points. St. Maries is truly a city for all seasons.
Points of Interest
HUGHES HOME MUSEUM
This charming museum is located on the east end of Main Avenue in downtown St. Maries. It is full of interesting photos, antiques, and artifacts depicting early St. Maries and Northern Idaho. Please stop in and enjoy the nostalgic environment while learning about the history of this area. A nice selection of souvenirs are available here as well.
Logger’s Memorial Park
This memorial bears the names of over 250 St. Joe area loggers that have lost their lives in the logging industry.
Mullan Trail Park Steam Donkey
Mullan Park located in St. Maries honors Army Officer Lt. John Mullan, an engineer who surveyed and built a wagon trail (circa 1859) between Walla Walla Washington and Fort Benton, Montana. The three acre park has six native species of coniferous trees found in Northern Idaho. The park also has on display turn-of-the-century logging memorabilia, along with a steam-powered three-spool Willamette donkey engine.
White Pine Drive
White Pine Drive is a 12-mile section of Idaho 6 bordered on both sides of the roadway with old-growth forest. Located at the Giant White Pine Campground, a fallen 600 year-old giant white pine is on display. The tree measured nearly six feet in diameter and was nearly 188 feet tall. The campground has a walking path among nearly 400 year-old western white pine, and red cedar.
Emerald Creek Garnet
Rock-hounds can dig for the Star Garnet, found only in Idaho and India. We recommend you allow at least two to four hours at the site. Many families like to bring their lunch and make it an all-day outing at the Garnet Area. Some rock-hounds like to return several days in a row
The Marble Creek Interpretive Site commemorates the staggering obstacles loggers overcame to transport western white pine logs from the Marble Creek drainage to the mills along the St. Joe River. “Getting the Logs Out,” the theme of the displays, celebrates early 1900’s logging technology and the people who lived and worked here in the early days.
Hobo Cedar Grove
Twenty-two miles south of the St. Joe River Scenic Byway on Forest Service Roads 321 and 3357, is the Hobo Cedar Grove, a “world-class” botanical area. Here 240 acres of giant trees tower over a carpet of emerald green ferns. These old growth western red cedar are isolated survivors of centuries of fire, flood, and wind. A self-guided nature trail leads visitors into the heart of the grove.
Plummer Creek Marsh Interpretive Center – Heyburn State Park
Explore the Wonders of the Wetlands – wildlife viewing area at Heyburn State Park