Don’t leave your pet at home when you want to spend some time camping for the weekend or for an extended vacation. Bring the whole family on your camping adventures, whether it be a tent in secluded woods, an RV hooked up or spending some time in a cabin. Many camp facilities welcome you and your four-legged friend, so there’s no need to worry about who will be watching the family pet. While your pet is welcome, most camping facilities are going to require a leash, clean up after your animal, pet fees or other requirements for the consideration of other guests and to maintain the properties. Explore these top pet-friendly camping sites in or near St. Louis.
Babler State Park
800 Guy Park Drive
Wildwood, MO 63005
(636) 458-3813

Just far enough from the city lights to enjoy looking up at the stars, this state park offers campsites for individuals or families. Children enjoy exploring nature exhibits at the visitor center along with other activities for the entire family, such as hiking or horseback riding on the trails. Mom and dad can appreciate the shower facilities scattered throughout the camping area, so it’s not completely roughing it. Dogs are welcome to accompany you on the campgrounds and on a leash on the trails and are only restricted from entering the park buildings.

St. Louis West Historic Route 66 KOA
1845 Old US Highway 66
Eureka, MO 63025
(636) 257-3018

Choose your style of camping, from a tent to an RV or a cabin. Enjoy the campground pool and other amenities, like WiFi and even cable television for a fee. All sizes of dogs are welcome on leash and cleaned up after, with a small pet fee for your accommodations. Enjoy a stroll on the dog walk area located at the campground, or visit nearby attractions like Six Flags that offers air conditioned kennels for your pet while you enjoy the amusement park.

Pere Marquette
13653 Lodge Blvd.
Grafton, IL 62037
(618) 786-2331

Come to see the fall colors, eagle watch in the winter or enjoy spring or summertime camping with your pet in tow. While there is a lodge and cabin facilities, there is also a vast amount of outdoor camping sites with trails that wind through lush forests and beautiful bluffs above the river. Dogs are welcome throughout the park but are not allowed in the cabins. Enjoy the camping area with restrooms, showers, tables, drinking water, grills and a dumping station, and walk around with your pet on the dog walk near the campground area.

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Pin Oak Creek
1302 Highway AT
Villa Ridge, MO 63089
(636) 451-5656

Bring an RV or a tent, and then cool off at the pool, fish for catfish at the lake, enjoy the shade of the level camping sites, enjoy put-put mini golf, volleyball, paintball and a camp store with DVD rentals and laundry facilities. Any size of dog is allowed throughout the camping facilities. Walk and let your dog get the wiggles out on the dog walk area at the campground. You will be asked to sign a pet policy at check in, but there are no additional pet fees to pay.

Klondike Park
4600 S. Route 94
Augusta, MO 63332
(636) 949-7535

Klondike Park is perfect for a family reunion, group gathering or for individual camping. Settle in with the family at a relaxing state park that offers six rustic cabins, 10 basic campsites and 31 primitive campsites complete with restrooms and shower houses. Fish at the fully stocked lake or on the banks of the Missouri River, and enjoy playgrounds for the kids, a unique wildlife and bird area as well as picnic shelters nearby. Pets are allowed on a leash and are also welcome to walk the adjacent K-T Trail.

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