St. Francois State Park RV & Campground Guide

Missouri

The St. Francois State Park is among the highest-rated recreational areas in Missouri. Nestled in the rough-and-tumble hills and valleys of the Ozark Mountains, this park hearkens back to the days of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. If you ever wondered what those men saw while making that memorable journey, come to this park. Included within the park is a portion of the Big River and the entire Coonville Creek Wild Area. The park is located 60 miles south of St. Louis and close to Bonne Terre, MO. Evidence remains of exploration and use by settlers in the past. 

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Weather
Spring 40-80 F
Summer 60-89 F
Fall 40-80 F
Winter 26-50 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in St. Francois State Park

The best times of the year to camp at St. Francois State Park are in the fall, summer, and spring. The winter months are a bit cold, even when camping in an RV. No matter the season you choose, the best way to camp the park is in an RV. If you do not own an RV, try browsing RVshare to find the right RV rental for you and your family.

St. Francoise State Park Campground

The St. Francois State Park Campground offers 63 widely spaced campsites with water and a minimum 30-amp electrical hookup. The campground is located within the park and provides direct access to all the amenities, including firewood, showers, restrooms, laundry, and a dump station. The spaces handle back-ins or pull-throughs and are up to 45 feet in length. Activities at this park include fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking. The park is ADA accessible and reserves six special campsites for clients with ADA-approved needs.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: No; dump station on site
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $23 per night
  • Office hours: None; gate closes at 10 p.m. from April 1 to Oct. 31 and at 6 p.m. during the offseason

Washington State Park Campground

Whereas St. Francois State Park is nestled deep in the Ozark Mountains, the Washington State Park sits on the western edge. Located near Potosi, MO, Washington State Park is a mere 23 miles away from St. Francois. There are 23 RV camping sites available. Activities include swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and bicycling. The park offers special needs camping sites.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: No; dump station on site
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $21-$23 per night from April 1 to Oct. 31; $17-$19 per night the rest of the year
  • Office hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. year-round

St. Joe State Park Campground

St. Joe State Park is located 15 miles south of St. Francois State Park near the town of Park Hills, MO. St. Joe has 40 RV camping sites with 50-amp hookups. The park offers four lakes and a river where you can swim and fish. Extensive hiking trails run throughout the 8,243-acre park. There are equestrian trails, bicycle trails, and hiking trails. The campground offers easy access for everyone with ADA-compliant sites.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: No; dump station on site
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $23 per night from April 1 to Oct 31; $19 per night the rest of the year
  • Office hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. year-round

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What to Do at
St. Francois State Park

Inside St. Francois State Park

Within the 2,735 acres that make up St. Francois State Park, you will find many activities to enjoy. Hike along trails such as the Mooner’s Hollow Trail, which takes you back to the days when moonshining was a major part of the local economy. For the adventurous, Pike Run Trail runs into the Pike Run Mountains where primitive campgrounds exist for those courageous enough to carry tents on their backs into the wilderness. Equestrian trails and picnic areas are dispersed throughout the park. You can canoe or kayak the section of the Big River that runs through the park or explore the hidden reaches of the Coonville Creek Wild Area.

Outside St. Francois State Park

The area surrounding St. Francois State Park is not densely populated like larger metropolitan areas, but there is plenty to see, taste, and purchase as a keepsake to take home when you leave. The small towns around the park offer interesting takes on different cuisines. Though shopping malls are sparse in the Ozark Mountains, shops of every different type are there to provide those important small things everyone forgets on their way to vacation. The area is full of sights for you to see and make memories that stick with you years after you go home. 

Restaurants

Homestead Restaurant

An eatery near the park is Homestead Restaurant. The exterior of the restaurant is rustic, and the cuisine is a true American treat. It is located just five miles from the park.

Type: American

Location: 124 Highway K, Bonne Terre, MO 63628

El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

At El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, you get authentic Mexican cuisine. The staff of this restaurant takes great pride in presenting food not often found in this part of the country. The restaurant is located in Park Hills, MO, a 30-minute drive from the park.

Type: Mexican

Location: 1428 South St, Joe Drive, Park Hills, MO 63601

Ho Wah Chinese Restaurant

There are not many Chinese restaurants in the area, but the nearest to the park happens to be the best. You will find some of the finest Chinese dishes in the area only 10 minutes from the park at Ho Wah Chinese Restaurant. The chefs insist on making food to order from scratch.

Type: Chinese

Location: 415 N. State St., Desloge, MO 63601

Shopping

Powerline Advantage Bookstore

When you need a good book to read while on your camping trip to St. Francois State Park, visit the Powerline Advantage Bookstore. The bookstore is open 24 hours per day and offers books of every genre.

Location: 100 Alderagate Dr. Apt 31, Bonne Terre, MO 63628

Dollar General

The Dollar General Store in Bonne Terre, MO, has a little bit of everything at a small price. You can stop here to find those essentials that invariably get used up on a camping trip. The store also carries many souvenirs from the area.

Location: 5 N. Wood St., Bonne Terre, FL 63628

Walmart Superstore

When you run short of supplies, which always seems to happen during a camping trip, visit the Walmart Superstore in Desloge. Like most Walmart Superstores, you can find almost anything you need to continue camping. The store is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week for your convenience.

Location: 407 No State St., Desloge, MO 63601

Sightseeing

Space Museum and Gus Grissom Center

When you want a break from exploring the pleasant isolation of St. Francois State Park, visit the Space Museum and Gus Grissom Center in Bonne Terre. The center is devoted to the memory of Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom, one of the first U.S. citizens to venture into space.

Location: 116 E. School St., Bonne Terre, MO 63628

Bonne Terre Mine Boat and Walk Tours

Bonne Terre Mine Boat and Walk Tours are held in one of the most massive man-made caverns in North America. The mine was excavated for lead beginning in 1860; it closed in 1962. The tour’s opportunities include boating across the underground lake formed when the pumps were shut down, walking the edges of the lake, and scuba diving with a guide in the depth of the mine.

Location: 185 Park Avenue, Bonne Terre, MO 63628

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How to Get to
St. Francois State Park

When traveling from St. Louis, take I-55 S to Festus, MO. At Festus, take exit 174B to get onto US-67 S. Continue driving on US-67 S for 17 miles to your destination. 

When traveling from Bonne Terre, MO, take State Highway 47 E to the US-67 N exit. Travel another 3.8 miles. The park is on the right side of the highway.

Entering St. Francois State Park

There is no park office at St. Francois State Park. There is, however, a gate. The gate opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. from April 1 to October 31. It opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. during the offseason. Because the park fills quickly, reservations are recommended and sometimes required.

Reservation fee : $9

Reservation change fee : $5

Walk-in camping : $13

per night

RV camping : $23

per night

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