We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! You come to us for reviews — now you can book your hotel right here on TripAdvisor.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 13041 State Highway 104, De Soto, MO 63020-7000
Phone Number: 636-586-5768
Website
Today
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Description:

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

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 39 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Quiet, clean, great hiking

Beautiful park. Took our 7 and 10 year olds for an afternoon of hiking and a BBQ dinner. We were slightly disappointed 1000 steps trail was closed (I assume due to flooding) but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2016
tamii23
,
Waterloo, Illinois
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

39 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 39: English reviews
Missouri
Level Contributor
79 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Camp, swim, fish and hike. What's not to like. Most beautiful in the fall with all the trees turning. Just gorgeous! Camp ground is great and close to the pool. Or you can tent camp further away from the action. Lots of hiking trails and a fabulous lookout. Be careful there it's a big drop. Also do the 1000 steps... More 

Helpful?
Thank Janalily
Festus, MO
Level Contributor
20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This is a wonderful place to go for the day with lots of outdoor fun things to do. Make sure you visit the petroglyphs!

Helpful?
Thank GendronsFestus_MO
st louis mo
Level Contributor
291 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

I haven't been to this pool since my Grandma brought my cousin and I in the 70's! It was every bit as much fun as I remembered it! I brought 4 kids, on my own, ages 4, 7, 7 and 10. Maybe it's that I had good kids but they were a breeze to handle by myself and not once... More 

Helpful?
Thank shellakers
Ohio
Level Contributor
20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We went here as part of our family vacation (2 adults and 2 teens). We stayed in one of the cabins (#7). The accommodations at the cabins are a bit rustic, but you have electricity, running water and a full kitchen. I think it's a bit expensive given the accommodations. The pool was nice to spend time at during the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank rainforestpuppy
Waterloo, Illinois
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful park. Took our 7 and 10 year olds for an afternoon of hiking and a BBQ dinner. We were slightly disappointed 1000 steps trail was closed (I assume due to flooding) but were happily surprised to see that the opossum trail was just the right length for our kids (took us about 1hr 45mins with a couple outlook/water stops).... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank tamii23
Saint Charles, Illinois
Level Contributor
21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

We stayed in one of the cabins in the park. It is about the same price as a hotel. It was great. It was so quiet it almost made your ears hurt.

Helpful?
1 Thank Linda D
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

A mom and 14 year old son talking laughing and bonding? It's not just an urban legend, I lived it myself LOL. I wanted to do tubes but the knowledgeable and NEW hosts of the concession told us that the current was slow and suggested kayaks or a raft. I figured with a raft he couldn't get away from me... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank SarahHeartsMOParks
Level Contributor
22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

We walking the 1,000 Steps Trail. It was absolutely gorgeous with flowers blooming all around. There were Blood Root, Indian Paintbrush, and many others located on the hillside. I would highly recommend going here.

Helpful?
1 Thank Rhonda W
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Montana State Parks are free to visit & well kept. Washington State Park is a must see because of the Petroglyphs.

Helpful?
1 Thank Greta R
De Soto
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

This park is notoriously one place to avoid. It is not safe. I advise caution. It has a bad reputation for drug users. We took our dogs to the stream, or river area where shallow water was running and only stayed a little while. However neighbors have told us of many instances they have ran into difficult situations there. I... More 

Helpful?
Thank bonnieg894

Travelers who viewed Washington State Park also viewed

 

Been to Washington State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Washington State Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?