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Address: 13041 State Hwy. 104, De Soto, MO 63020
Phone Number: 636-586-5768
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Petroglyphs, quaint hiking shelters and incredible Ozark overlooks...

Petroglyphs, quaint hiking shelters and incredible Ozark overlooks define the Washington State Park experience. Easy access to the Big River makes the park great for swimming or fishing and the park’s three hiking trails address every type of hike, from easy strolls to power hikes. Buildings constructed by African-American Civilian Conservation Corps stonemasons complement the park and add to its sense of history.

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Just as we remember, almost.

State parks have volunteer campground hosts. The site is free and in exchange, they keep an eye out and track registrations. We made reservations online, paid in advance... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
St. Louis, Missouri
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful camping spots and lodges... They also have an outdoor pool, rivers, and lakes!! Enjoy your stay at the park!! Talk to workers about events going on, and maybe go for a walk or a swim!!

Thank madisyn l
De Soto, Missouri
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful park! Great place to have family pictures or senior pictures taken. Also, nice park to camp.

Thank Lori P
Bloomington, IL
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We had a family reunion here on September 12. We had a blast. The staff was excellent and went above and beyond in accommodating us. Thank you so much!

Thank Tina
St. Louis, Missouri
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100 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

State parks have volunteer campground hosts. The site is free and in exchange, they keep an eye out and track registrations. We made reservations online, paid in advance, including an additional $8.00 registration fee. The host stopped by after we were settled to tell us to stop up at his site to check in. He is provided a fancy side... More 

Thank moore1200
Saint Louis, Missouri
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93 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Hiked the Rockywood trail and had a great time. It's was a little muddy and slippery the day we went, but other than that, that trail was moderate to easy. And very beautiful! There are a few different trails and many great scenic spots. The park has everything to offer. A pool, a restaurant, trails, a beach with river access,... More 

Thank Beebopabby
Saint Charles, Missouri
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We just landed in Washington State Park by chance on the way back to St Charles from Ste Genevieve. What a gem of a park. It was 4th of July, so we expected it to be busy, but it wasn't overhwleming -- just pleasantly 'festive." We LOVED looking at the petroglyphs -- one of only two locations in Missouri. They... More 

Thank elkkid
De Soto, Missouri
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My kids and I go there to go play at the Big river and go to Thunderbird Lodge to get hand dipped icecream !!! I also got married there in 2007 at the Stone pavilion which is beautiful !!! Its just south a little bit from Desoto on Hwy 21 cant miss it !! And they have a nice in... More 

Thank mamacindysue
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We rented a one bedroom, pet friendly cabin in Washington state park. We absolutely loved this rental. This was a good happy medium between camping and hotel living. The cabins have that rustic feel (smelled cabin-ey) yet with modern conveniences such as a kitchen, update bath and living area. We grilled out on the outdoor grill and had a fire... More 

5 Thank Pastor_Armstrong
Kansas City, Missouri
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Beautiful park is a jewel! Hiking trails lead to two different overlooks, one with a stone gazebo and another stone shelter. There is a small path that leads to a small cave from the gazebo. Another trail is called 1,000 steps with stone steps that were set during the 1930's. Great place to hike, jog, swim. Check out the nice... More 

Thank Mary R
De Soto, Missouri
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A little known gem in the Missouri State Parks system (well - "little known" outside the confines of Jefferson County). A great place for an afternoon of strolling through a great mixtures of the microcosms of Missouri nature- glades, wooded hills, river flood plain, dolomite cliffs! There are at 3 great walking trails (one a little more the physically fit... More 

Thank DeSotodawn

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