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Wildwood, Missouri

Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

Wildwood, Missouri



Campground Road
Wildwood, Missouri 63005
Phone: (636) 458-3813

Sites: 75
Recent Rate: $18 7/2016

Latitude: 38.617311017155
Longitude: -90.688637805039

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi ?
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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44 Reviews

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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! We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you want to get some frozen custard, check out nearby Fritz's. It's less crowded as Ted Drewes and just as good, if not better.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

Shopping is far away, as this park is out in the woods. Gateway Arch and related areas are about 35 miles to the east. Park is located in an area of rolling hills. Many hills within the park are very steep, as is the access road to the campground, but all are nicely paved.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice State Park near St. Louis. Electric only hookups worked well on our 50 amp site. Camp hosts maintain a nice clean campground. Mix of shaded and open sites. No parking on grass is enforced and the results show - no muddy areas next to camp pads or roads. Lots of nice grassy areas.

Pads were concrete of varying shapes and sizes. Electric hookups were located properly.

Be careful of two of the campsite "loops" as they have a very small cul-de-sac for turning around at the end. My 35' 5th wheel was challenging to turn around at the end of the 50 amp premium loop. Many large Class A rigs were able to turn around. That loop actually had mostly Class A rigs in it.

The 30 amp loop had a large turnaround area and had sites with the most open grassy spaces for kids to run around. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
48
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed in a 40' motorcoach. The rate is based on a basic site, no electric. 50 amp electric is $23 and 30 amp electric is $21 per night. This is a very nice State Park and the comments by the previous reviewer's are valid. We stayed in site 68, which is nonelectric but very private and spacious. My only complaint with Missouri State Parks is that they allow you to make a reservation and not occupy the site so there were many sites that were unoccupied yet were unavailable for our use. This meant if someone showed up and all the sites where reserved you would be turned away even though many of the site would not be occupied, a flawed system. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
68
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park but needs some improvements. All sites lack water, sewer and Wifi was non-existent. AT&T has two bars. The 50amp loop is very tight for 40ft Motorhomes and the end loop is not large enough to turn around unless some campsites are empty. The 30amp sites on the other hand have lots more turn room especially site 014 thru 033. The showers were built for very short people-as the showerhead is a little over 5ft high with a rough concrete floor and low water pressure. The visitor center Ranger was very informative about the various types of trees in the park. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
048 Tight
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Lots to do around St. Louis. Be sure to visit the Cahokia Mounds National Heritage Site. Also the Missouri Civil War Museum, Cardinal Stadium, Budweiser Brewhouse, Lone Elk park & Joe Boccardi's restaurant. Red Cedar road entry is closed & Guy Park drive is only entry.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

We camp here two or three times a year and are always greeted with friendly staff. The park is clean, welcoming, and quiet. The cement pads for the trailer carryover to the picnic bench which is a plus during rainy days. They have a few sites which are in full sun but if you research the website, you can pick a shady one, which is a definite plus in the St. Louis area. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

This park is near Chesterfield, MO, and very close to highway 40, so all of St. Louis fun is accessible.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Camped here in our 40' motorhome on a shaded site. Nice concrete pads with 50 amp electric. Dump station is easily accessible with water spigot for water tank fills. Most sites are level, some would be satellite accessible. Wi-Fi worked if site is near restroom building. Nice quiet park with wildlife to watch. For a state park this one is good- and not far from towns with all kinds of restaurants and shopping. Close enough to St. Louis to enjoy the city sights. We will stay here again for sure! We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 40
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Town of Chesterfield nearby has lots of restaurants and shopping.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is about 7-8 miles off of I-64, but very easy to get to and well worth the drive. We were in site 48 which was fairly level and easy to back into. The park web site, and signs in the park, will note a "tight turning radius" for some sites. What that means is that there are no loops. Rather, you have to go to the end of the road your site is on and turn around in a cul de sac that is very small. You can't do it with a tow vehicle attached, and you might have to do a little jockeying to get turned around, but it is doable (our motorhome is 38 ft.). My only complaint would be that the host who checked us in gave us no information or literature about the park, and did not adequately explain about the turn-arounds and how to get to our site. Nevertheless, this is a great park, and we would stay again. The best sites are 21, 48, and 29. We were in 50 which was also good. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
50
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here 3 nights while sightseeing around St. Louis. A lovely, well maintained park. Lots of trees but plenty of local stations if you can't use your satellite. We were able to get a clear shot through the trees & were able to use our Tailgater. The only thing that would be better would be if they had water & sewer. There are plenty of water faucets spaced around the park & there is also a dump station. We loved it here & will definitely return again. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Entered no for showers and restrooms, since we stayed in the off season. Only vault toilets as of November 1st, and shower house closed. Pretty park, nice hiking trails, very quiet. Gates close at 6 pm, and you need a code to enter, which seems to make for quiet evenings, nobody setting up after that. Was not bothered by any disrepair; although, most buildings were closed. Camp hosts were a bit persnickety. Sites are not all long enough for a vehicle plus fifth wheel, so we had parked a vehicle in the site across from us. Asked to move at 9 pm, when no more than 10 sites of 75 filled and gates locked (so no more coming in). But, hey, they're within their rights. Just seemed a bit silly. Also rushed to choose a site when we got there. Only one water spigot (by site 36/host) on after 11/1. Nice level sites. Would stay here again, appreciated the proximity to St. Louis, was inexpensive, quiet, pretty park. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 107
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the best campgrounds for hundreds of miles around. We explored St. Louis from it but it does take a while to get to the city from the campground. Hosting staff are very helpful and the rangers are relaxed. Nature presentations are given on the weekends. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great state park! Location couldn't be better, just southwest of Chesterfield. I stayed here two nights while traveling my sales territory. Nicely paved roads throughout the park. Sites are mostly level with concrete pads and patios. Most sites are shaded, but if you prefer there are several sites with no shade at all. Wi-Fi drops off pretty quickly the further you get away from the check-in booth. I used the hotspot on my iPhone and had full LTE service. Bathroom and shower facilities were clean and conveniently located from any site. I ranked this park a 9 out of 10 only because there's no water hook-ups. I will definitely stay here again. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects 30 amp service. It is also $8.50 to use the Missouri State Park reservation system. If you walk-in, you don’t have to pay reservation fee, but around Memorial Day weekend, that was not an option for me. I left a message with the reservation system, looking for Fri-Mon on a Memorial Day weekend and was VERY pleasantly surprised to get a call back the day before. I got site #2, which was the first one on the left, and despite being at the entry point, it was relatively quiet because there was no one on my right side and I had a huge grassy space there. There was no water hookup, but a convenient spigot right across the road. They sell 10 lb bags of ice for $2 and firewood for $4 at the check-in, which is centrally located with the restrooms and showers. Dump station is easy access behind restrooms, with a potable water spigot there too. As someone has said before, concrete pads are level, WiFi was excellent (you have to “Agree” to abide by rules when you logon—no biggy). I caution and reiterate an earlier review—be VERY careful upon making the turn into the campground. There is a rain culvert, which dips and creates a very significant bump to both RV and vehicle. Go as slowly as possible. Big hill down and up to campsite, but no strain. Roads are very wide. Your GPS or Google could tell you to go down Olive Road after exiting I64/40/61. Do NOT go this way with your rig. There is a very curvy, narrow, steep road that leads up to 109, but it is only suitable for cars. I would have given it a 10 if it had water and sewer hookups. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 283
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 48

Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate reflects a 50 amp hookup site. The potable water is at the dump station. This is a wonderful state park that is just outside of St. Louis, and we have used it a couple of times as a base to visit friends and relatives in the city. It is about 30 freeway minutes outside of the city. It is a way off of the freeway, but that means no freeway noise. The roads are paved and the sites are nice, level concrete. They now even have very good high-speed Wi-Fi! This could be a model for what a State Park campground should be. One nice feature is that they lock the gates at 6:30, so no drive-by traffic in the evening. Of course, campers get a gate code to come and go as they please. One caution -- do NOT blindly follow your GPS directions to the park. It will lead you on some very back roads. If coming from the west, take exit Chesterfield Airport Road just after the bridge. Follow that road to Long Road, then Wildhorse Road, then 190 to Babler Park Road, to the Park entrance. If coming from the east, take the Long Road exit and follow the same directions. If this is not clear, call the park for further directions. In the park, go directly to the campground and the check-in booth. Do be aware that there is a very big bump as you turn to go into the campground. Our Verizon phone and data worked well with 4G. We could get satellite but most sites will be too tree-covered for satellite. We love this park and would stay here again. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 114
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Our site was concrete and flat. The dump station is large and easy to use. The big down side are no water hookups for each site. There are water faucets scattered through the campground though. We had 50amp electric that worked fine. Bicycle riding within the campground and on the bicycle trail is easy. There's a large swimming pool that's no longer in use. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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