Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

RV Park Review – Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park (St. Louis, Missouri)

Overall, you can’t beat this state park for its beauty, the wonderful campground, great proximity to western St. Louis, and the tranquility that it provides in the quietness of fall.  The park was located about 10 miles from my parents’ house and it was the perfect place for us to stay for our visit.

"Hey, aren't I supposed to be on a leash?"
The campground has 30 basic and 43 electric sites (which are either 50 amp or 30 amp).  There is no sewer or water at individual sites but water spigots are scattered throughout the campground and there is a dump station with potable water fill-up.

All campsites and patios are paved and level with a comfortable amount of space between sites.  Picnic tables and fire pits are located at each site.  Sites are a mix of shaded, partial-shade, and full sun.  

The roads are paved and big rig-friendly (with the exception of one loop that is clearly marked “short turning radius”).

There is one main bathhouse with free showers that was very clean.  There are also two vault toilets located in the campground.  The campground is open year-round but the bathhouse with flush toilets closes November 1.

The main bath and shower house.
One of the vault toilets

The campground is set in an 868-acre urban park with miles of hiking/paved biking/equestrian trails, picnic shelters, a playground, ball fields.  There is a visitor center with exhibits and an amphitheater in the campground where interpretive programs are held.

Our Verizon 4G phone and hotspot worked great.  We were able to get satellite reception at our site (#24) and the antenna picked up a dozen or so local channels including all the major networks.

You can reserve sites on-line and the prices are reasonable.  A $2 discount is given to seniors.  

                                April - October          November - March
       Basic                         $13                                  $12
       Electric (30A)            $21                                  $19
       Electric (50A)            $23                                  $21

Within a few miles of the park are restaurants, shopping, and gas stations.

What we liked about this campground was the comfortable feel of being at a state park with plenty of trees, hiking trails, space between sites, but also the convenience of having a level, paved site with electricity and television/phone reception.  We happened to be there during the week in the fall so there were not many other campers.  This gave the park the quiet feel we like so much.

There are miles of hiking and biking trails right outside your doorstep and plenty of woods to explore.

The not so good things about this park are that there were no sewer or water hook-ups at sites and it is not very convenient to any of the interstates criss-crossing St. Louis.  But other than that, we have no complaints.

Spirit’s two cents – she LOVED the park!  She logged many miles on the hiking/biking trails conveniently located around the park.  Since the park was not very crowded, we had ample room to throw the tennis ball for her too.   Our site was really big so we could tie her out and not have to worry about her going into another campsite and she loved the lush grass.

Dr. Babler, who the park is named after.  He was a prominent surgeon who worked mostly with the poor.  When he died, his brother wanted to honor him and his love of the outdoors thus creating the park.


  1. What a beautiful park! I'm such a sucker for fall colors.

  2. We are in site 28 right now and have the place to ourselves. It's lovely even in the winter!


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