We live Missouri and love getting away from the city and out to the forest and farmland, When we visit the Ozark's for camping we generally choose Onondaga, Clean large sites for tents and trees for Hammock camping. Bathrooms, showers, nice general store/gift shop with thing you may have forgot. Bringing water shoes is a must! Depending on when you come bug spray or a bug deterrent makes being in the outdoors in the Midwest more pleasant. Summers are sticky and warm, by September the mornings and evening are cool with a high of 76-81. There is a ton to experience here go for a float on the river or bring a chair to sit and watch floaters go by, caves, hikes, there is a zip line close, horse back riding, fishing, and great places to take a photo of the day.
Most people who are camping and visiting this part of the Ozark's are here to enjoy the river, but don't forget to checkout the caves. I spoke to the campground host and his wife and they told me that the Onondaga caves are the third most visited in North America. The staff at the visitors center was also friendly.
The campground was very clean and well maintained. There isn't a lot of tent camping, most people are visiting with RV's and camper trailers. There are a lot of folks with canoes and inner-tubes in the campground.
Checkout my one minute video with Mike, the campground host, talking about Onondaga Cave State Park.
These caves are beautiful. The campground is all in one row so you have to listen to everyone drive up and down the whole time. It’s a really nice place, a step up from basic but not restort-y. The best sites are along the river by the day use area.
The caves are a short walk (about a mile or a mile and a half) from the campground. We got to see many bats and found out there was a BatFest the next month! Next time will definitely plan for the festival. There is lots of interpretive material about the bats and how to protect them from diseases/fungus.
The campground itself is very developed. There are showers, bathrooms, a store, a playground and even a little stage. Felt like we were some of the few not camping in a RV.
Beautiful place to go with your family for just a day or to stay the night. Lots of places to explore. Great lake to fish or boat. Restrooms were plentiful and very clean with showers. Dont be surprised if you see lots of wild life they seem to love to place too.
A group of us stayed at the Onodaga State Park campground the night before we left to thru hike the Ozark Trail. We got into the campsite pretty late in the afternoon on a Sunday, but the campground hosts were extremely helpful as they set us up in one of their last sites. The site was $20 which, for the amenities they have, seemed reasonable to us.
The campground is primarily RV campers, but with three hammocks and a tent we were equally capable of setting up camp. There's running water at each site, a fire pit, and a picnic table, and bathroom/shower amenities in the campground.
Everyone was extremely friendly. We must have looked really out of place because all of our neighbors came by to talk with us and ask us about our trip. The campground hosts were really friendly also and even took our information so she could ensure our car was safe in the parking lot while we were backpacking.
All around a really awesome experience and for us a great way to start our trip. I highly recommend this campsite if you're in the area.