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Amateur photographers are invited to join park staff on a photo tour of Onondaga Cave. This extended tour will include extra time for photographs to be taken at specific locations along the tour route.
Those wishing to attend must make reservations in advance as the tour is limited to 30 people only.
No equipment will be provided by the park, so please bring your own. Conditions in the cave include limited lighting, concrete walkways and metal handrails, cool temperature (57 degrees F) and high humidity (nearing 100 percent). Please dress appropriately (warm clothes, no heels/flip flops). Cave tour fees apply.
Belmont Vineyards offers award winning wines, including a barrel aged, dry red made from the famous Norton grapes–the official grape of Missouri. Relax in our tasting room, and on the covered porches. The winery is known for lovely views, especially at sunset.
In our covered pavilion, we present live music most weekends, late spring through early fall. Check our website for details, a wine list and an events calendar.
Our on-site Brix On 66 Bistro offers a light fare, featuring fresh made pizzas and tapas, plus rotating dinner specials.
Cathedral Cave is located in Onondaga Cave State Park. The tour begins at the campground showerhouse. Before entering the cave, you'll have a one-third mile walk up Deer Run Trail to the cave's entrance. Once inside the cave, the tour lasts about 90 minutes. The cave temperature is 57ºF (13ºC). The tour is limited to the first 30 people. It is more strenuous than the Onondaga Cave tour and covers 1.66 miles round trip.
Most, if not all, of Cathedral Cave is hollowed in the Gasconade dolomite, which was laid down approximately 440 million years ago. The cave consists of two distinct sections: a dimensionally larger and presumably older passage with its entrance high on the campground valley hillside; and the much longer, narrower, younger and lower (both in passage size and elevation) cave stream passage, which intersects the stream at right angles near the Cathedral column - the premier speleothem in the cave.
Admission prices are $8 for adults; $7 for ages 13-19 and 65 and older; and $6 for ages 6-12. Children younger than age 6 are admitted free.
Tours of Cathedral Cave are offered:
The area consists of more than 6,000 acres of rugged forest terrain in prime Ozark country, plus sections of the Meramec River, Huzzah and Courtois creeks. Take a canoe or kayak to access these streams for a day of fishing and floating.
For hikers, the area includes six miles of the Ozark Trail. The Narrows, located in the extreme southwest portion of the area, is a narrow hogback ridge that features extremely steep topography and rapidly changing vegetation from ridge to creek bottom. Bear Cave and Bat Cave add to the site's geology.
Primitive campsites are open from September 15-May 15 only.
To reach the area, cross the Meramec River at the end of Route H at Onondaga Cave State Park; or go northeast of Steelville on Route E and cross the low-water bridge at Huzzah Creek.
Onondaga Cave, a National Natural Landmark within Onondaga Cave State Park, is recognized as one of the most spectacular caves in the nation because of the quality of its formations. The tours lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes, covering about one mile of passageways. The cave's temperature is 57ºF (13ºC) year-round.
Scheduled tours are given, mid April thru mid October. Cave tour prices: $15; ages 6-12, $9; younger than 6, free.
Group rates are offered for 10 or more people. Group reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance in order to receive the group, however, group reservations can be made up to seven months in advance.
This park is home to a spectacular show cave, which is a National Natural Landmark. Tours are offered March through October. The park features Meramec River access; camping; scenic hiking trails; a lake; picnic sites; and a shelter. The park is located seven miles southeast of I-44 on Route H.
Basic and electric-water campsites, reservable sites and a special-use camping area are available. Electricity is available year-round. Hot showers and laundry facilities are available April-October. A shower-house and a dump station are available. The campground contains a playground and an amphitheater, where nature programs are presented during the on-season. Firewood is offered for purchase. Tours are given of the spectacular show cave. The park offers access to the Meramec River, picnicking and hiking trails. Camping reservations: 877-422-6766.
Located on the Meramec River, across from Onondaga Cave State Park. Also, we have access to the Courtois and Huzzah creeks.
Our rustic cabins sleep eight. The condominium, with full kitchen, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, a great-room, porch, gas grill, heat and air, sleeps 20. Two motels on-site. More than 100 acres; large, primitive tent-camping sites (many are riverfront) and 125 RV sites.
Canoe, raft, kayak and tube rentals available. Paddler’s Grill Restaurant open seasonal weekends. Meeting and banquet space available. We have a country store; shower houses; outdoor swimming pool; volleyball courts; horseshoe pits; laundry; fire ring; picnic tables; and playgrounds.
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