Founded in 1982, the Onondaga Cave State Park in Leasburg, Missouri has more than just a fantastic cave to tour. Although many people come here just to see the cave, visitors also come for the fishing, swimming, hiking, boating, and camping. Cave tours are given from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily, but unfurtunately, dogs are not allowed to join you.
With a little over 1,300 acres of land to venture out on, you and your leashed pup are sure to find adventure above ground! If fishing is your and your pup's thing, there are crappie, bass, catfish, carp, bluegill, sunfish, and many other types of fish in the Meremac River. Just be sure to get a Missouri fishing permit first. If you are itching to get in the water, take a canoe down the river, or get in a quick splash. For the wildlife enthusiasts, the park is home to many different species of wildlife such as whitetail deer, raccoons, turkeys, snakes, lizards, turtles, and many varieties of birds.
For the hikers, the park features 8.9 miles of trails that vary from short, simple walks to strenuous, several hour long hikes. In the Vilander Bluff Natural Area, you can see the dolomite bluffs that tower over the river. Your furry family members can come with you on hikes, but keep them on a leash. Be sure to bring clean-up bags to pick up after your pet as they are not provided. Also have water on hand to share with your thirsty pup. You can fill your dog's dish at the public restrooms on-site. Picnic areas and on open shelter offer lovely places for a rest or a meal.
Make it a vacation and stay overnight at one of the 66 campsites. Here, you'll find basic sites with a grill, table, and parking pad to RV sites with sewer, water, and electricity. Your pooch can camp with you, but must be restrained on a leash or in a kennel during your stay.
For a furbulous day out in a truly pawtastic natural space, check out the Onondaga Cave State Park with your dog!