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, many visitors to the park also come for the fishing, swimming, hiking, boating, and camping. But, if you do want to see the cave, tours are given from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily. The fees range from $4 to $20. Sorry, but your four-footed family are not allowed in the caves.
With a little over 1,300 acres of land to venture out on, the Onondaga Cave State Park is the home for many different species of wildlife such as whitetail deer, raccoons, turkeys, chipmunks, snakes, lizards, turtles, and many varieties of birds. 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 for you to catch for dinner. Make sure you have a Missouri fishing permit before throwing out that first cast, though, or you may just end up with a hefty fine.
The 8.9 miles of trails in Onondaga Cave State Park vary from short, simple walks to strenuous, several hour long hikes for well-practiced hikers. 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. While hiking, your pooch may get thirsty so make sure you pack a bottle of water and dish for him too. Or you can fill your dog's dish at the public restrooms on-site.
Camping at the Onondaga Cave State Park is available year-round and reservations can be made on the Missouri State Park website. The park has 66 campsites available from 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. Also, always clean up after your furbaby and do not let them irritate the other park guests or wildlife.