Babler Memorial State Park

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Babler Memorial State Park

Missouri

(636) 458-3813

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Overview

A massive stone gateway greets visitors to Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, framing the broad avenue that leads up the hill to the large bronze statue of Dr. Edmund A. Babler, the park's namesake. Jacob L. Babler's love of nature and his desire to commemorate his brother, a prominent St. Louis surgeon, came together to create this unique gift to the people of Missouri.

Here, memories are created -- afternoons of softball or volleyball or cooking on an open grill. Thirteen miles of hiking trails ensure a variety of rewarding outdoor experiences. A visitor center with exhibits illustrates the wonders of the park's natural communities; classrooms and an auditorium are available for special programs.

The park also provides experiences for those with special needs at the Jacob L. Babler Outdoor Education Center, a barrier-free resident camp with swimming pool, cabins and recreation and dining halls.

You can have it both ways at Babler State Park -- spend a peaceful night camping under the stars, and still be only minutes from downtown St. Louis.

Map of Babler Memorial (MO)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.612028, -90.686857

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    There is a paved, two-mile bicycling trail. The trail travels from the campground to the central portion of the park, passing a small cemetery and through a tunnel built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It also passes Crystal Spring, one of two continuously flowing springs in the park.

  • Camping

    Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park offers basic and electric campsites, group camping and special-use camping areas. On-season (April through October) services include reservable campsites, a dump station, showers and water. Reservations are accepted for stays year-round. For reservations, there is a required two-night minimum stay for weekends. Campers planning to carry in firewood must comply with current firewood advisories.

  • Hiking

    The park occupies over 2,400 acres and is known for its heavily wooded terrain. Four short trails give the hiker an opportunity to experience the old-growth forest. Much of the park's land consists of loess mounds - soil piled up after the most recent retreats of the glaciers that made their way to the Missouri River just north of the park. This can lead to some muddy hiking after rainy periods. None of the trails are longer than two miles in length and the shortest is just over one mile long. Each trail has its own features, and three of them are joined by connector trails if a longer hike is desired.

  • Historic Sites

    The River Hills Visitor Center features a stone exterior that harmonizes with the historic CCC architecture in the park. The center houses exhibits interpreting the park's plant and animal life. A walk-through diorama explores the intricate relationships among the flora and fauna that make up the old-growth forest ecosystem. Naturalist staff at the center offer a variety of interpretive programs.

  • Horseback Riding

    The six-mile equestrian trail passes historic stables built by the CCC. It also leads past Bates Picnic Area -- a great place to stop for lunch.

  • Picnicking

    Three large picnic shelters and more than 200 picnic sites are scattered throughout the park for you to enjoy. The shelters, Cochran, Alta and Walnut Grove, make a great venue for family gatherings or special outings, and may be reserved. If not reserved, the shelters may be used on a first-come, first-served basis. Cochran Shelter's capacity is approximately 70 occupants and it is equipped with a fireplace. Alta Shelter, the largest of the three, can occupy up to 130 people, and has three fireplaces and two barbecue grills--Alta Shelter is closed until further notice due to fire damage. Walnut Grove Shelter will hold up to 56 people and has a barbecue grill. All three of the shelters are equipped with picnic tables, and have water and restroom facilities nearby. There is no electricity available in the shelters.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round with the peak on-season lasting from April to October with longer park hours. Winter hours are shortened and last from November to March.

Directions

Driving

From Eureka From I-44, take Exit 264 onto Hwy. 109. Travel north eight miles to Route BA. Turn left and continue two miles; the park entrance is on the left.

From St. Louis From I-270, turn west onto U.S. Hwy. 40/64 and travel for 9.5 miles to the Long Road exit. Turn left onto Long Road and travel one mile to Wild Horse Creek Road. Turn right onto Wild Horse Creek Road and continue three miles to the Hwy. 109 stop sign. Turn left and travel less than one mile to Route BA; turn right and continue for 1.5 miles to the park entrance.

From St. Charles County Travel east on U.S. Hwy. 40 to Chesterfield Airport Road (just after crossing the Missouri River bridge). Continue for two miles to Long Road and turn right. Travel one mile to Wild Horse Creek Road, turn right and continue to the Hwy. 109 stop sign. Turn left and travel less than one mile to Route BA; turn right and continue 1.5 miles to the park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(636) 458-3813

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