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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

A picnic shelter is located alongside the millpond on the road to the campground. Water and electricity are available, as are 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 or check for availability, visit our reservation page* or contact the park at 573-522-1860.

*Shelters can be reserved online from 30 days to 12 months in advance of the day of use. Reservations for arrival dates less than 30 days out can be made only by contacting the park.

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.