11 Parks near Villa Ridge, Missouri
Jun 2016 - $40.00
Average. OK for 1 night. Pricey. Sites were very close together. Other campers parked vehicle across the road making backing a trailer into the site mostly a precision movement. - ebaldy
Jul 2015 - $40.00
The staff were friendly but this park is showing its age. The showers were downright terrible with mold in all of the shower stalls near the pool. There are a couple of mobile homes right in front of the place and we saw shady looking characters entering and leaving them. I suspect that they have had some trouble in the past because they require campsite issued tags for each vehicle, visitors included. - Bdavis2900
May 2015 - $40.00
Ok, this park probably deserves a 5-4, but to charge for internet service (via Tengo) and then it doesn't work and they don't seem to care ("it's been down all day, not sure why"), is simply not acceptable. Internet today is the 4th utility and for full timers it is more important than cable. Also, this park is terribly noisy with freeway noise. Sure, people are nice, but I will never come back. - MarkD
Apr 2016 - $17.00
Gem of a park. Facilities great. Lots of slopes to some of the sites and narrow road throughout. Would definitely stay again. Park is heavily wooded. - smitty12
May 2011 - $25.00
This was a nice place to stay. There was plenty of shade and it was quiet. - rvingwithfam
Apr 2011 - $25.00
This was our first time here. Its an older state park, but its not run down. It's very wooded and most sites very private. We stayed on the buddy site 24 & 25 with some friends. Kind of a small buddy site, but it worked. Not a lot to do here, some hiking trails, a boat launch into the Meramec river. Overall, a nice clean park. - jstrom
Jul 2016 - $82.00
This was an excellent overnight stop for us. We requested the premium site and it was very nice. It had a brand new patio with a lot of new furniture, a fire pit and a brand new grill. We would definitely stay here again. - eking00000
Jul 2016 - $53.00
We stayed here for 3 nights and really enjoyed our stay. Check in was easy and everyone was very friendly. The cookies were a nice touch as well. We were here for our grandsons baseball tournament and actually booked 4 nights. We didn't need to stay the 4th night due to our grandson losing earlier than expected, they gave us a refund for the 4th night, no hassle, no problem, with a smile. Highly recommend this campground!
Our site was very nice. It was further back; the noise from the highway did not affect us at all. It was an end site so we had more room than some of the other sites beside us. There was 2 nice chairs by the fire pit on our site. The only tip I would suggest would be to find another spot for the storage RV's. They are the first thing you see when you pull up to the campground and it looks kind of junky. Also, wi-fi was not great. Worked for short periods of time. But we really enjoyed our stay! - mmgogo
Jun 2016 - $39.00
This is a very solid KOA, close to Six Flags St. Louis, with a very friendly, helpful staff. Check-in was easy.
We were placed in a gravel pull through and guided to the site. Good thing we were as the sites were not well marked and you could easily pull into the wrong one. It was a little off level, but everything functioned correctly. Site was a little overgrown, grass all around the park was not too long, but was due for a cutting.
We stayed midweek to visit Six Flags for a convention, did not spend much time in the campground during the day. At night it was very quiet, even with the highway close by, I didn't pick up on much road noise.
Bath house was clean and well maintained, and the store was nice and well stocked. Staff was both friendly and very knowledgeable of local attractions. Would stay again if in the area. - Cyclonic
Aug 2016 - $10.00
We stayed with a large church group - about 90 middle schoolers and adults. Nightly rate I mentioned is not accurate since it was a group event. The park was great! Staff were attentive, helpful, and a pleasure to work with! Everyone was friendly, and made our stay an absolute pleasure! It's about 1/2 mile from Six Flags and a short drive into town for other attractions.
Now - the bad... actual sites for campers are very small and close together. They do however help with backing in so you don't have to struggle. No grass to speak of and after a rain, mud and dirt were tracked everywhere. If I had been there with our travel trailer, I'd have been spending all my time sweeping and mopping.
The park has a fabulous pool, great shop, and the cabins were immaculate... simple, but clean. Again, I can't say enough about the staff. They are genuinely there to make your stay great. I wouldn't hesitate to go back, but would prefer to stay in a cabin rather than deal with the hassle of cleaning up myself.
If you're approaching from the north, don't rely on GPS. You get taken through a very narrow, hilly, and winding road. Look at a map and take a few extra miles to stay on the interstate highway. - SM1969
Mar 2015 - $31.00
We stay at this Jellystone Park every spring on our way home from Florida. It's always very clean and extremely well maintained. It's not that busy in the spring so we find it to be quiet and peaceful. Some of the RV sites offer a stunning view. I bet you can see for 20 miles. The sunsets are fabulous!
Two things I like best are that they have a huge store with lots of great merchandise I don't find anywhere else and a lovely veranda with tables/chairs and TV to relax at. Also love that they must keep their staff happy because I always find the same great people working there. It's like coming to stay with friends.
Not all sites are suitable for big rigs so be sure to let them know if you need a big rig site. They do always ask about our unit though. It's a nice, clean, friendly park with really good prices in the Spring when we go there! - randy d
Aug 2014 - $76.00
This campground is way overpriced. Their published initial rates are only for two people. We paid $76 per night for two adults and three kids. Even "if" all of the kids' activities would have been included in the extra charge, it still would not have been worth $76/night. You have to pay additional for a lot of the activities. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m.--you only get a maximum of 20 hours for the $76 you pay! The road into the campground is in need of resurfacing. The roads within the campground are narrow and could also be resurfaced. Most (if not all) of the RV/travel trailer sites are all gravel--no grass. This made it very difficult for our dogs to relieve themselves. The only grass area to take them to was quite a distance away from our site. The fire rings are buried into the ground and the top of the rings are flush with the ground. When it rained, our fire ring/pit filled up with water and could not be used--so much for a campfire being a part of our camping experience. The only positive comments we have about this campground are that the pool is nice and the staff is excellent. The young gentleman that took us to our site upon arrival was very friendly. He was very sincere in doing all he could to help get us parked and set-up. This young man is a huge asset to this Jellystone location--hopefully the management recognizes it. Most of the rest of the staff here were pleasant as well. The property owners/managers of this Jellystone need to understand that the staff here is probably the only reason this Jellystone is still in business. - Penny C
Aug 2016 - $19.00
We did a one night stop over at this park. The grounds were beautiful and well maintained. The park host was very friendly. I did view the showers but did not use, and found them to be very clean and spacious. We walked through most of the park to give Ruby our bulldog some exercise and all the sites we saw were good sized, well shaded, and had good spacing between sites. One of the loops has a narrower turning radius as mentioned in other reviews, but it is well marked and we felt maneuverable. The Wi-Fi worked OK at the site we were in. There is no water at each site but multiple faucets throughout the campground are available. If we were passing through this way we would definitely stay again. - Thirtygoodyears
Jul 2016 - $18.00
This is a fabulous state park!! First, it is in a pristine part of the suburbs. If you are interested in staying in a first rate park while you visit St. Louis, this is the place to go *if* you have a separate car to get around in. (We were surprised at the paucity of private parks in St. Louis.) It is only a 20-30 minute drive to the city depending on where you are going. Plus you are going through beautiful, upscale enclaves.
Shade is **very** important to us and it's frustrating to try and find out how much shade there really is when all you have to go on are limited reviews and thumbnail pictures on a government website. (We have an English bulldog, a breed not well suited for the heat.)
So, in service to my fellow RV'ers who also crave the shade, here's the lowdown:
I drove through the park at two different times of day (11am and 6pm) to determine which spots had full shade. I consider "full shade" to be when the pad and ~ 2-3ft of the perimeter of the pad have at least 90% shade. Spots that had full shade at both times of day were as follows:
8, 17, 19, 20, 37, 39, 44, 46, and 49.
There were a couple of spots that had what I considered "excessive shade". These spots were particularly lush, green, and covered by a canopy of trees.
At 11AM, the excessively shady spots were 17 and 46.
At 6pm, the excessively shady spot was 39.
**Only spot #37 was excessively shady at both times of day** so it is effectively the shadiest spot in the entire park for RV camping.
Spot #13 is next to a trailhead so there is more foot traffic and less privacy at that spot.
Also, there is a vast lawn space with well-cut grass between sites 20 and 21. This area is perfect for football, soccer, Frisbee, etc.
Showers were clean. There are ice and wood for sale at the main office. The camp hosts were helpful but not nosy.
We will definitely look forward to staying here again! - GearDown
Jun 2016 - $21.00
Our rate was based on a 7 night stay. Beautiful State park. This park is HUGE, so if you like to hike, there are literally miles of trails within the park bounderies. Biking is a challenge, as several of the roads have extremely steep hills, so not good for old guys... Sites are very spacious. We had a 50 amp electric only site. Best thing about this park is that it's very quiet. Driving time to the Arch area is about 35 minutes. Shopping is not close, so be prepared to drive every time you need supplies.
If you want peace and quiet, with very spacious heavily treed sites out in the woods, then this is the park for you. - AlaskaJack
Aug 2016 - $44.00
Level site, but gravel. For the price paid, we expected concrete. Spacing was also close, so not somewhere I would want to stay very long.
The owners and workers were friendly. The office has a restaurant of sorts, a room with a pool table, and a laundry room. We played pool and did our laundry to kill an afternoon. They could use new tips on the pool cues. - texaswestie
Jul 2016 - $40.00
It's a small RV park about 50 miles from St. Louis; shopping, restaurants and gas not too far away and it's very accessible to the highway. Our space was level and easily accessible. Unfortunately we were there on 4th of July weekend and neighbors nearby shot off fireworks for 3 hours on both the 3rd and 4th right over the park (no fireworks allowed in the park itself) This was not conducive to sleep or pets. When I opened the door on the morning we were leaving there were two men standing right outside - evidently they had rented the RV space to campers with a tent. When I inquired at the office they said it was someone "sleeping in their car." When I mentioned it was a bit scary to find two guys right outside the door the guy behind the desk just ignored me. - Catsinatrailer
Jun 2016 - $35.00
This is a KOA, I don't think it was up to KOA standards. The site was in the sun, and boy was it hot; there were no picnic table at any of the pull through sites. They have quite a few older sites in a grassy area, but I'm not sure a big RV or motor home could get in or out of there. There are picnic tables in that section, but. they need a lot of work. The trash dumpster was way, way up front, quite a walk on a very hot day. For overnight stays only, it's all right. - excel14
Jun 2016 - $24.00
This is one of the most beautiful state parks in the state of Missouri. The sites are very level and some include 50 amp service with full hook ups. The space between the campers in quite ample, but the space behind your camper is huge with mature oak trees providing excellent shade. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the camp hosts are very accommodating. There is excellent access to the river from the campground and lots to do in the state park including hiking and cave exploring. The only issue we dealt with was cell service. When you are in the campground, there is NO service. However, the bath houses have a strong WiFi signal. You have to drive up the hill toward the camp store and restaurant to get any signal. Also, the sewer connection is behind your camper so be prepared with extra hose. - The Regans
May 2016 - $26.00
This is a beautiful park along the Meramac River. However, it is a long way in off of 44 on a winding hilly 2-lane road. The park is very poorly marked--could use a few more signs. Good thing we arrived during daylight. A lot of construction on the road approaching the park. Once you find the park, it is another 3 miles into the campground. Watch for low hanging branches in the campground. We stayed in a full hookup back-in site along the river which was approaching the point where they evacuate the campground. Thankfully, it did not rise during our 2-day stay. The campground is large and has some pull-thru sites which we did not realize until we took a walk around. They warn about bears but sightings are rare. Bring a lot of bug spray--mosquitoes are thick. Free wifi worked great, but there were not many people in the park. I have a feeling that wifi wouldn't work so well if the park had more campers. - kwikkeys10
Jul 2015 - $26.00
Site was long and good spacing between sites. All hook ups worked well. It rained so hard for the two days we were here that we didn't get out much and the park was almost empty. When exiting the park, watch out for the very large low hanging tree branch just before the check-in station. It's not a problem on the way into the campground. - troutslayer
Aug 2005 - $20.00
This campground at one point had to be a KOA that has closed down due to the design (A-Frame) of the building. It is right on old route 66, about 3 miles from the Sullivan exit off I-44. When we arrived, it was nearly empty. It was strange but the staff running the campground didn't take down any information from us, just took our $20 and showed us to a site. The campground is decent enough, but the showerhouse was lacking. It has a nice pool with a vortex in the middle strong enough to suck down your first born or a small dog. They were preparing for some sort of festival when we were there, but we were afraid to ask what for. - sixtires58
Sep 2015 - $35.00
Right on the highway so VERY noisy. Way too many trees so couldn't get any satellite signal. Not really an RV park...more long term trailers. - CIAforHim
Jun 2013 - $1.00
Trees on entry road need trimming; also a number of the sites have low hanging branches. We have stayed at this RV park many times while visiting family, but never again. We arrived shortly after the flooding, expecting to find debris & signs of the creek overflowing. What we did not expect was to find dried sewage covering the pad and the grassy areas. Our site was closer to the creek than others, but the water had receded 5 days earlier. The water connection is underground (which I have always been a bit uneasy about), and the access "hole" was full of mud & likely sewage. Apparently every time the park floods -- which it does almost every year, to some extent -- the sewage comes up through the sewer connections. The smell was awful. We called the owner to come down; they were apologetic & said they'd get someone down to pressure-wash & spray chemicals on the pad in the next day or two and dig out the water connection. I'm not sure if they pick up the "sheets" of dried sewage; that wasn't mentioned. We had no idea this happened until this year, and has guaranteed we will not be going back to this park again because of the health risks, and the general "crawly" feeling we had once we realized we were basically parked in a sewer. There are children living in this park! The park is in a flood plain, but nothing was ever mentioned about sewage backing up into the park. The owner is a very sweet lady, but she's now in her mid-90s and just not able to keep up with things anymore. It's a real shame, because we always enjoyed the quiet, large sites, lack of traffic, and country "feel" (which is why I gave them a rating of 2). There are very few options for RV parks in the St. Louis area. If you decide to stay here and have pets, I'd suggest you buy a large container of disinfectant wipes to clean their feet every time they come back inside. We just could not convince ourselves to stay, although the majority of the sites are occupied. - HDT
Jun 2012 - $21.00
I wasn't sure about this park until I got there, but it turned out to be a wonderful experience. I felt very safe there and didn't worry about my unit when I left my motor home for four days while attending an event in downtown St. Louis. When you see the "dead end" sign it makes you wonder what to expect and there is no place to turn around once you go past the sign. It is very convenient to Wal-Mart, downtown St. Louis, and eating places of all sorts. I would definitely stay here again, the sites were wide, paved, and easy to get into. The price reflected the weekly rate. - Ilovemyholidayrambler