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Onondaga Cave State Park


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Onondaga Cave State Park

7556 Hwy. H
Leasburg, MO 65535
(573) 245-6576

Missouri has more than 5,500 caves, and some of the state's most scenic natural wonders lie beneath the surface in caves. Onondaga Cave State Park is 90 miles from the St. Louis Arch; the trip will take about one and one-half hours depending on traffic. Go west on I-44 to Exit 214 (Leasburg). Head south on Route H for seven miles. You will pass through the town of Leasburg. The paved section of Route H ends in Onondaga Cave State Park just before the visitor center. Do not cross the Meramec River.

A day-use area is available for picnics. The picnic area is located along the Meramec River with picnic tables and a charcoal grill at each site. The picnic shelter may also be used if it has not been previously reserved. The picnic shelter is located alongside the lake on the road to the campground. Water and electricity are available as well as charcoal grills for cooking and picnic tables. The picnic shelter may be reserved through the park office for $30 per day.

Deep underground there is a world that nature has created using water to form deposits of tall stalagmites, dripping stalactites, active flowstones and many other colorful deposits. Onondaga Cave, a National Natural Landmark, and Cathedral Cave showcase these natural wonders, which can be viewed up-close during cave tours.

There is also plenty of natural beauty to enjoy above ground at the park. Vilander Bluff Natural Area provides visitors with a panoramic view of the Meramec River. Come and take a hike through the Meramec River valley, canoe or fish in the Meramec River or enjoy a picnic lunch. Learn about the park's natural resources above and below the earth's surface through exhibits inside the visitor center.

The park is open year-round for camping and day use.

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