Camping at Dr. Edmund Babler State Park
Labor Day often means family adventures, be they a trip to an amusement park, backyard BBQ, Family Reunions, or in our case Camping!
We took our family on the road during Labor Day week 2018, and actually went camping for 6 nights at Dr. Edmund Babler Memorial State Park in Wildwood, MO.
Read about our travels here: TRAVELS
The parks spans 2,441 acres that you get to by passing through a massive stone gateway to enjoy the camping, hiking, biking, equestrian facilities, and more.
We absolutely loved camping at Babler, between the setup, the hosts, the campsites and more, we have already made plans to return.
For those curious, we have a 29″ Wildwood 261 BHXL Superlite. This means that we can tow it behind a Chevy Extended Cab 1500 with an Eco engine. Basically, our truck is not huge, and doesn’t have tons of power but it does get great gas mileage and tows our camper with ease.
Here’s our rig:
We have no slides, but we do have a queen bed, bunk beds, a bathroom, dinette, and kitchen. This setup works well for our family of 3 + a dog, and a new camper like this costs only about $18,000, making it very affordable if you’re on a budget.
Speaking of the budget, one reason we really love staying at state parks while my husband travels around the Missouri Ameren Power Plants is the affordability. Ranging from $19 – $26 nightly for a site with concrete, electric, and access to water and dump station is insanely cheap when compared with the KOA and private campgrounds.
We do stay at KOA’s and private campgrounds occasionally, but the majority of our time is spent at Missouri State Parks.
Campground Details: Dr. Edmund Babler State Park
Located near the lovely town of Wildwood Missouri, and minutes from St. Louis, Dr. Edmund Babler State Park was donated in memorial of one of St. Louis’ most prominent families. The Missouri State Park system was only 20 years old when Dr. Babler’s brothers, Jacob & Henry, presented the state with the donation of 88 acres in memory of their brother. Soon after, 800 acres and a statue of Dr. Babler followed.