Seven Campgrounds Great For Fall Camping Near St. Louis

By Katie Davis
In Culture
Bass River Resort in Steelville, Missouri

Bass River Resort in Steelville, Missouri

Camping in the fall can be a great way to immerse yourself in nature and check out local rivers, hiking trails, scenic views and more, all while avoiding the hot and humid days of summer. Cabins can be a wise option for those wanting to stay dry and a bit more covered, but others may want to pitch a tent or drive up in an RV.

Check out our list of the top fall campgrounds near the St. Louis area, and plan your camping trips today!

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort at Six Flags
Pacific, Mo.; 5300 Fox Creek Rd.
Close to Six Flags and sitting just outside of St. Louis, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is a great family or group destination complete with a party-meeting center, regular calendar events, golf car rentals and more.

Miles from St. Louis: 30.6
Amenities: Picnic area with grills, WiFi, restrooms and showers, playground, sand volleyball court, shuffleboard courts, pets allowed, ATM machine, laundry facilities, firewood sales.
RV Plug in? Yes
Cabin rentals? Yes

KOA Granite City Campground
Granite City, Ill.; 3157 West Chain of Rocks Rd.
One of the closest campsites to St. Louis and especially the city, this KOA location features numerous bicycling and Tri-city dirt track trails, is close to downtown Granite City and Historic Route 66, allows for multiple types of camping and allows for extended stays if desired.

Miles from St. Louis: 10.2
Amenities: WiFi, pavilion available for use, bark park, jumping pillow, playgrounds, bike trails and Tri-city trails nearby and close to historic flea market.
RV Plug in? Yes
Cabin rentals? Yes

Montauk State Park

Fishing at Montauk State Park. Photo courtesy of Montauk State Park.

Montauk State Park
Salem, Mo.; 345 County Rd. 6670
This top-notch fishing location features gorgeous creeks and rivers as well as a short drive from the St. Louis area. Guests can choose to make camp, rent a cabin or stay at the nearby motel. Don’t forget to check out the historic Montauk mill!

Miles from St. Louis: 146
Amenities: Shower and laundry facilities, picnic areas, playgrounds, bicycling and hiking trails, fishing areas and supplies and a full-service restaurant.
RV Plug in? Yes
Cabin rentals? Yes

Bass’ River Resort
Steelville, Mo.; 204 Butts Rd.
Located right on the river in the Ozarks area, this camping site provides horseback riding opportunities as well as river trips on canoe, kayaks and rafts.

Miles from St. Louis: 103
Amenities: BBQ areas, coin-operated showers, Ozark trail, water activities and horse trails.
RV Plug in? Yes
Cabin rentals? Yes

Williams Hill Pass
Harrisburg, Ill.; 1935 Peak Rd.
Known for hosting off-roading events featuring some of the area’s best ATV and UTV riders, this southern Illinois camping hotspot is also known to host bluegrass bands from time to time.

Miles from St. Louis:
Amenities: Shower room, ATV and UTV trails and events, party rental locations, fire pits and outdoor cooking spots and electrical hookups.
RV Plug in? Yes
Cabin rentals? Yes

Hickory Shores Resort
Carlyle, Ill.; 21925 Dove Ln.
This camping site is known for its numerous activities and family-friendly atmosphere. Plan to hike, go fishing, play a game of tennis, check out the horseshoe and shuffleboard opportunities and even play a game of miniature golf.

Miles from St. Louis: 58.8
Amenities: Showers and laundry facilities, WiFi, two fishing ponds, shuffleboard courts, playgrounds, paddle boat rentals, mini golf course, tennis and basketball courts, indoor games like air hockey and foosball and an available office.
RV Plug in? Yes
Cabin rentals? Yes

Sundermeier RV Park
St. Charles, Mo.; 111 Transit St.
If you’re hoping to get the camping experience but don’t want to stray too far from St. Louis, check out this nifty RV park and campsite in the St. Charles area complete with cabin rentals, close to the Katy Trail and known for its extremely convenient and action-packed location.

Miles from St. Louis: 24
Amenities: Air-conditioned restrooms and laundry rooms, free WiFi, picnic tables, free cable TV inside, event room, book exchange, playgrounds nearby, many concrete patios and sites.
RV Plug in? Yes
Cabin rentals? Yes


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