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“Great camping trip with cave tour”

Onondaga Cave State Park
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Leasburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Descend into the depths of Onondaga Cave State Park and drop into a world of wonder: towering stalagmites, dripping stalactites, and active flowstones help make the cave a National Natural Landmark and illustrate why Missouri is often called “The Cave State.” Visitors can take guided tours into the underground wonderland. But if you prefer the surface, the park’s Vilander Bluff Natural Area provides a panoramic view of the Meramec River. Easy access to the Meramec River allows visitors to canoe or fish in a bucolic setting.
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We had a great 3 day camping trip at the onondaga cave state park with our travel trailer. My husband and I have two young children, ages 2 and 6 that we’re with us. Our camp site was very nice with water and electric hook up. The site was level and clean and had a nice new wooden picnic table. There is a small playground available for children with both baby and kid swings and a nice jungle gym for them to climb and slide on. We enjoyed the nice paved roads for bike riding also. Be sure to go to the lower basic camp sites and walk through the cut through, to see the river. We enjoyed skipping rocks and taking pics with the rock Bluff in the back ground. We also took a short hike (led by our 6year old!) that went up the hillside along the river which had some great views of the river flowing below. You can opt to walk further around the path and make it a much longer hike but we went toward the top as far as we wanted to go and then turned and went back down. The park staff were very nice also and we met some really nice travelers during our stay. Onondaga cave was the cave we chose to tour this trip, it was great! We arrived early Saturday morning and signed up for the 9:30am tour. We were the only ones on that tour. It was so neat to have a private tour. Our guide was very informative and very kind and down to earth. As we were leaving out of the cave, the next tour had 42 people in it. It pays to be early. We also saw amazing structures within the cave and one bay as we left out. Some of the inclines are wet/slippery so be sure to wear good footwear and a light jacket. It was interesting to learn of those that owned the cave and how they altered it to meet their “needs” as well. If you get a chance, don’t miss out on this one. It is much more reasonably priced than other cave tours I’ve experienced.

Thank Kimberly H
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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

The cave tour was good. It took us about two hours. The lily pad room was the highlight of our trip although it was a little strenuous getting there. This part is optional though but I would recommend it if you are able. The kids bought a mining kit from the gift shop and did it out front in their mining station. The cave was priced a little higher than I would have liked but it did make for a nice afternoon while we was in the area.

Thank Amy F
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Took the grandkids camping to watch the eclipse. It was a hot August weekend but we had a great time. We floated the river, explored Cathedral cave and watched the eclipse from the gravel bar just out from our camp. Campgrounds were fairly nice, shower house was OK (granddaughter was not impressed, boys were fine). Overall about what we expected. PS No cell service in area, kinda nice.

Thank 1Coolrunner
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

We recently visited the cave because it was more reasonably priced than the more well known cave. It was incredibly beautiful. It takes about an hour to walk through. I am 67 and had no problem with the changes in elevation.The guides are very good and enthusiastic. The park also has hiking trails, camping ,and a canoe launch. Pretty good vacation for outdoors people. Check it out

Thank OklahomaLizzy
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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

We spent 2 nights at the State Park to see the full solar eclipse. We were impressed by the facilities. For a state park, it was very good. The staff was relaxed, welcoming and helpful. The bathrooms were very well maintained, and they come around daily on a golf cart to sell ice and firewood. No cell phone service. Very narrow bandwidth wifi. There is a phone and ATM at the info center where they also give tours of the amazing Onondaga Cave. The only downside was that the campsite was not at all private. It had a tree, but no bushes. I prefer that. But it was quiet and the other campers were very respectful.

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