Stayed here for one night we toured the cave which was great. The park is very well kept and nice clean facilities. We tent camped and every spot had a good place to set up a tent.
Wonderful state park with paved roads and level concrete pads. We were nestled up against a beautiful creek. Could barely keep the dogs out of it. Nice,clean bathrooms. Nice play area for kids. We hiked one of the many hiking trail available. Tours are offered throughout the day in the two onsite caves. They were amazing. Natalie was our Gide and really knew her stuff! Park also offer kayaking, swimming, rafting and just a whole bunch of fun. There was a large camp of boys scouts and several other tent camping. Would recommend this park everyone. 10 out of 10!
My wife and I pulled our popup here this past weekend. Weather was wonderful. We camped on a basic site as all the electric sites had been booked. (note to self book sooner) Beach access was so close and clean. Shower and bath house was clean and one of the best we have experienced. We did have the power go out through the campgrounds. (Nothing to do with the park. Someone in town cut down a tree that caught a powerline. It was back up and running in a couple hrs) The cave tour was so cool! (No pun intended) I highly recommend it! We will definitely be back here!
The river had to be the best part of this - although, to be fair, we did not have time to do the caves. Cell reception is pretty much non existent but it was still worth it. The gift shop does have WiFi.
Onondaga Cave State Park is about 2 hours SW of St Louis. There is a campground and a Caverns you can tour, which is nice on hot days. The park is located on the Meramec River, so there is also swimming, fishing and canoeing, and hiking along the bluffs. The campground has basic electric/water campsites. They also have family campsites, which are a little larger. There is a playground and a small store.
I think I like this cave better than Meremec Caverns nearby. Much less of a tourist trap and just a nice cave tour! They also have bats and that’s cool. I don’t have any complaints about the campground but I can’t say anything of particular greatness stands out either. Nice campground, great cave!
The campground itself is very well taken care of. Spotless bathroom/shower, attentive campground hosts and plenty of amenities.
The basic campsites are right by the water too, just walk down a short path and boom! Numerous beautiful paths with nice variation in lengths and gorgeous views.
Wllderness is available but I personally have not explored it yet. The VC was able to point us to some suitable clear water for wading and a deeper point (10ft some said) called the Blue Hole.
The Onondaga Cave is a bit pricey to see but it's well worth it, one of the larger caves you can do a walking tour with well maintained and careful paths, lighting etc. Takes about 1.5hrs, our guide was very knowledgeable and humorous.
We where able to do the walk with our whole family with NO melt downs from the kids, which is kind of special. We toured with a 4month old in a baby harness, two 6 year olds and a 9 year old. We did see a couple with a stroller and it is doable.
Overall a great park and beautiful spot to visit.
Great level sites with water and electric. Easy access to the Meramec River or take a short drive to the Huzzah. If you want to float Ozark Outdoors is just over the bridge.
Saw both caves in 1 day and they were more than worth it! Great hiking trails with stunning views. Peaceful and quiet camp. Showers were great. Will definitely be back!!
The campground has limited parking and some of the terrain was hilly but still a nice getaway with a cave nearby to visit!