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The wonderful thing about camping near Saint Louis is that the wilderness is a stunning combination of Western grandeur and Ozark wildness. Campers from all over come to Missouri to explore the beautiful lakes, rivers, caves, and trails at these seven campsites.

The Best Camping near Saint Louis

map of camping near St Louis

1. Cuivre River

father and son tending the fire at a campsite

Image from The Dyrt camper Lynn T.

If you want to experience a bit of the wild Ozarks, Cuivre River is the perfect place to get away from it all. Lots of level ground and areas to walk your dog make this a top spot for many who live near Saint Louis.





In spring, when the dogwoods flower, or in autumn, when the trees are ablaze, this is a spectacular spot. Located on Lincoln Lake, there are well dispersed campsites, RV sites, equestrian camping sites, and family camping spots if you need extra legroom or space for a large group.

“This park has plenty of well-groomed trails and facilities spread out nicely. You could camp here for a weekend and stay busy.” Tony M.

Campground Details:

Price: $21-40
Number of sites: 117
RV sites: Yes
Fires allowed: Yes
Pets allowed: Yes


2. Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area

woman next to her trailer parked at campsite

Image from The Dyrt camper Aimee T.

Though it’s 54 miles or just under an hour from Saint Louis, Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area is worth the drive. Lots of mature trees and open spaces make this a breezy beautiful campground, and the lake creates a stunning backdrop for a fun weekend or a more extended stay.

The campground is expansive, with a sparkling swimming pool and tons of amenities and recreation areas, making this a perfect place for reunions or family getaways.

“There are many walking trails in and around the campground, plus a pool and campground store at the entrance.”Stef C.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $5-20
  • Number of sites: 328
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

3. St. Louis West / Historic Route 66 KOA

tent campsite set up under trees

Image from The Dyrt camper Danielle C.

This campground has it all; a heated pool, a dog park, and a gem-mining station are just some of the amenities for kids and furry friends. Big groups can meet at the pavilion for gatherings, and there is a wide range of lodging, from deluxe cabins to extended-stay accommodations to dispersed camping. St. Louis West / Historic Route 66 KOA is close to Six Flags Adventure Park and only 30 minutes from the Gateway Arch in downtown Saint Louis.

“This was such a nice and serene setting. Close to the city and local attractions, yet surrounded by nature nonetheless.”Todd P.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $41-70
  • Number of sites: 82
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

4. Washington State Park

dog in hammock

Image from The Dyrt camper Lindsey R.

Most sites at Washington State Park are partially shaded, and there’s a generous amount of space between sites to give campers lots of privacy. The dump station is tricky to get to if you have an RV or a trailer, but the staff is amiable and helpful.

A camp store sells firewood and ice, and there are pit toilets, flush toilets, and a shower and toilet station with laundry. Don’t miss the fundraiser Sunday breakfast for homemade biscuits and gravy.

“Best campground hosts we ever encountered! Knowledgeable and friendly. The park has a pool, river access, canoe & kayak rentals and miles of great trails.”Amy S.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $21-40
  • Number of sites: 50
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

5. Pere Marquette

large group of families and their campchairs at campsites

Image from The Dyrt camper Rachel C.

The confluence where one river meets another is a powerful spot, and at Pere Marquette sits where the Mighty Mississippi and the Illinois River join. The campground is located in a clearing in a copse of trees, so keep on the lookout for owls or other tree-dwellers.

Over 12 miles of hiking trails lead you along river bluffs and through towering forests. A boat harbor and launch, a rappelling area, and equestrian facilities round out the great amenity choices at this gorgeous campsite. Don’t miss the historic lodge!

“Great hikes! Very strenuous in some locations, but well worth the effort for the views!”Hannah S.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $5-20
  • Number of sites: 80
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

6. Klondike Park

lone picnic table at grassy campsite

Image from The Dyrt camper Tony M.

Head due west of Saint Louis and head towards Klondike Park, 250 acres of stunning natural scenery with 4 miles of paved and dirt biking and hiking trails. There are cabins, primitive sites, a stocked lake, and a playground for the kids.

“The views are spectacular with some sandy shores of a small pond in the middle of the campground and some great trails.”Tony M.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $15-65
  • Number of sites: 43
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

7. Robertsville State Park

truck backed up to water

Image from The Dyrt camper Mel F.

This campground is on the smaller side, but it offers a significant number of assets and amenities. Both the Meramec River and Calvey Creek border Robertsville State Park, providing plenty of aquatic adventures. Coin-operated laundry and flush toilets are available, and sites are well spaced and shady.

“It’s in the tall trees with lots of shade and greenery; you kind of feel like you’re in a jungle. Lots of things to do in the area.”Pamme S.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $5-20
  • Number of sites: 27
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Camping in Missouri around Saint Louis is varied and chock-full of beautiful sites. Discover the waterfalls, sinks, river bluffs, and other spectacular natural features at these seven camping spots. For hundreds more, check out The Dyrt’s complete list of the best camping in Missouri.


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