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Discover Castlewood State Park

Castlewood State Park in the state of Missouri is an ideal motorhome camping trip location. Spanning Meramec River, the park is in the town of Ballwin. Scenically located in the lush green Meramec Valley, the state park is popular with outdoor enthusiasts from different parts of the state. Not too far from Castlewood State Park is the city of Chesterfield, and renting an RV will make it easy to travel here. Book an RV rental in St. Louis County to discover everything in the areas around Castlewood State Park. 

Even before Castlewood State Park was established in 1974, the park was a popular location with visitors. Resorts and hotels abounded in the area, and St. Louis residents would flock here for a weekend of fun and frolic. Today the park occupies land that was once filled with hotels and lodges. Adventure enthusiasts keen on camping at Castlewood State Park can look forward to immersing themselves in an array of adventure activities, including fishing, boating, hiking, bird watching, mountain biking, and nature programs. While Castlewood State Park is a day-use park, camping with an RV is possible in campsites very close to the park.  

Getting Outdoors

Meramec River is one of the main attractions of Castlewood State Park. With several miles of river access through the park, anglers get to spend their days casting a fishing line in the river’s well-populated waters. The Lower Meramec River is rich in spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, carp, drum, gar, walleye, crappie, bluegill, longear sunfish, and bass. A Missouri fishing license is required for fishing in Meramec River. 

RV camping at Castlewood State Park is great for boaters. A concrete boat launch ramp provides access to the river, and small, light, non-motorized boats like kayaks, canoes, and small boats are preferred. There is a sand bar at the base of the ramp, and when the water levels rise, the ramp is closed. Check with the park office about boating regulations before you take your watercraft into the river. 

Put on hiking boots and set out to explore over 26 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding trails. The trails differ in length, and difficulty levels and a few of the more popular ones are the Al Foster Trail that covers 4.7 miles, Castlewood Loop that’s shorter at 2.75 miles, and Chubb Trail that is 6.5 miles long and perfect for hiking, biking, and horse riding. 

Bird watchers should not miss a visit to the World Bird Sanctuary located within the park and open on weekends. This sanctuary is home to a wide variety of live birds and several interpretive displays on birds of prey. 

Camping at Castlewood State Park  

Park your RV rental at Castlewood State Park to enjoy easy access to the park’s many recreational offerings. Very close to the park in St. Louis is the St. Louis RV Park. It has 54 campsites and amenities at the park include pull-thru sites, big rig access, 20, 30, and 50 electric service, full hookups, sewer, water, dump station, central water spigot, WiFi, and cell phone connectivity. All campers have access to restrooms, shower stalls, and a camp store for last-minute camping essentials. Kids will love splashing about in the swimming pool. Bring your furry friends along to this pet-friendly campground. 

When you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Castlewood State Park, drive to the neighboring town of Eureka to St. Louis West-Historic Route 66 KOA. The KOA has over 80 campsites available, and the campground offers features like pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, full hookups, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, water, sewer, dump station, central water spigot, cable television, WiFi, and cell phone reception. There are restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a camp store, pet area for your four-legged friends, a clubhouse, and picnic shelter. Bring your kids along to splash about in the swimming pool or run around in the playground. 

Exploring the Area

St. Louis County campers have plenty to explore in the areas around Castlewood State Park. The city of St. Louis is just over 25 miles away and worth checking out on your travels through the area. With vibrant museums, parks, gardens, art centers, and more, there is something for everyone visiting St. Louis.

The city’s famous Gateway Arch calls out to visitors. St. Louis's Gateway Arch is an engineering marvel that rises 630 feet into the air and is 630 feet wide. There’s a Museum of Westward Expansion and the Gateway Arch Visitor’s Center that provides an insight into the structure that is now a landmark in the city of St. Louis.

Kids will love spending the day at St. Louis Zoo. Home to an array of animals from all over the globe, the zoo has large natural enclosures that are ideal for animals to roam freely in. Don’t miss the Caribbean Cove!

The City Museum is a perfect stop if you’re keen on getting to know about St. Louis. It’s a combination of architectural designs and features that offer visitors an experience unlike any other. As one of the must-see locations in the city, the museum is an experience that you shouldn’t miss.

Art lovers will enjoy the St. Louis Art Museum, located in Forest Park. The museum displays art from around the world, amounting to over 34,000 pieces of artwork.

St. Louis is a foodie’s paradise, and there is a list of must-haves when in the city. From toasted ravioli to frozen custard, gooey butter cake to St. Louis style pizza, barbequed pork chops to the St. Paul’s Sandwich - you’re in one of the best American cities for food!

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