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The natural beauty that characterizes Missouri is more than skin deep. Missouri, the Cave State, has more than 5,500 caves, and some of the state's most scenic natural wonders lie beneath the surface -- in caves. One Missouri cave stands out above the rest -- Onondaga Cave in Onondaga Cave State Park. Deep underground there is a world that nature has created using water to form deposits of tall stalagmites, dripping stalactites, active flowstones and many other colorful deposits. Onondaga Cave, a National Natural Landmark, and Cathedral Cave showcase these natural wonders, which can be viewed during cave tours. There is also plenty of natural beauty to enjoy above ground at the park. Vilander Bluff Natural Area provides visitors with a panoramic view of the Meramec River. Come and take a hike through the Meramec River valley, canoe or fish in the Meramec River or enjoy a picnic lunch. Learn about the park's natural resources above and below the earth's surface through exhibits inside the visitor center. The park's campground offers both basic and electric/water campsites, many of which are reservable.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

on Vilander Bluff Trail

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1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Gorgeous, little paved trail. We took our 5 yr old and also pushed an 11-mnth baby in a stroller. A couple of water sources to look at, a little waterfall and an old foundation of some sort of building off in the woods on the left. It's a simple, little trail that's great for even the smallest of kiddos.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great view of the meramec over bluffs. Nice stands of oak and cedars. Glades. A nice easy walk.

Great view of the meramec over bluffs. Nice stands of oak and cedars. Glades. A nice easy walk.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Nice views along the river.

walking
4 months ago

Not really a hike as it's all paved, but a beautiful short walk. If you park at the beginning of the campground it works out to be a little over a mile round trip.

on Blue Heron Trail

walking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Had a blast hiking this trail! Lookout over the river are worth every bit of the hike. Very well maintained.

Very nice hike for everyone. I would recommend starting by going right instead of left. Trails are very well maintained.

hiking
6 months ago

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