Park offers more than just an adventure in the woods

By Michelle Turner

When it comes to camping in Missouri, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. 

Robertsville State Park may be small, but it has a lot to offer and shouldn’t be counted out when you’re planning your next outdoor adventure. 

Michelle Turner

Robertsville State Park was a working farm in the mid-1800’s but today it offers camping, fishing, and boating opportunities. The Meramec River and Calvey Creek border this park that also has a boat launch for easy water access to the Meramec.

There are also two trails located within the park. When I first started visiting this park, there was only one. Spice Brush Trail is still in use today. This 0.8-mile loop is one of my favorites for a quick hike in the woods. 

For a longer hike, the newer Lost Hill Trail offers a 2.6-mile loop that meanders through the woods to Calvey Creek. Sometimes that route can be pretty muddy, but it’s a beautiful way to spend a day. 

This state park is pretty special to me because it is the place where I first introduced my daughter to camping. The small campground is peaceful and has all the amenities you could ever want. 

There are 12 basic and 13 electric sites. There’s even a “family campsite” located within the park, as well as a special use area for groups like the Boy Scouts.

The campground is open year-round, with showers and water available April 1 to Oct. 1. A perk to this campground is that while the shower house may close in the winter, there are fully operational restrooms open year-round. 

Running water and flushable toilets come in handy on those camping trips with the little ones in the off-season. 

The campground is fully reservable, but if you happen to come upon a site that is not reserved, it is first-come, first-served on a day-by-day basis.

Even though it’s a small campground, it’s been my experience that there are often two campground hosts on duty. This is something I appreciate when I camp solo or with my daughter. 

Robertsville State Park is located 45 miles west of St. Louis off of I-44. Its location makes it a good spot for people who aren’t just looking for adventure in the woods. 

It’s 17 miles from Six Flags St. Louis, only eight miles from Purina Farms, and six miles from Shaw Nature Reserve. The location makes it a good home base to do some exploring during the day, while enjoying a campfire in the evening. 

You can learn more about Robertsville State Park by searching for them on the website. To make reservations, you can do so online or by calling 877-ICampMO. 

(Michelle Turner lives in Union, Mo.)







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