Picnic Areas

at Onondaga Cave State Park

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a picnic table and grill under a shade tree


Enjoy a picnic lunch in the day-use area, which is located along the Meramec River. There are picnic tables and charcoal grills at each site.The day-use picnic areas have fire grills and recycled plastic picnic tables.

Picnic Shelters

Large Shelter

The reservable picnic shelter was destroyed by flooding and will not be available in 2018. Check back for updates. See information about the smaller, first-come, first-serve shelter below.

A picnic shelter is located alongside the millpond on the road to the campground. Water and electricity are available as well as charcoal grills for cooking and picnic tables. It rents for $50 per day or it is available on a first-come, first-served basis if it has not been previously reserved. It can accommodate 72 people.

Shelter Reservations

To reserve the shelter, contact the park to check for availability by calling 573-522-1860. If the shelter is available, fill out the Shelter Reservation Application and mail it to the park for approval. Submission of this application does not guarantee reservation of the shelter.

Small Shelter

A small shelter is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is located at the Blue Heron Trail trailhead near the visitor center. It can accommodate 25 to 30 people; however, there is no grill or water available at this shelter.