Parks COVID-19 Message

Status of St. Louis County Parks as of June 5, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. is the following:

Parks: Open

Trails: Open -- many loop trails are one-way

Park Restrooms: Open

Campgrounds: Open

Playgrounds: Closed

Spraygrounds: Closed

Trail Exercise Stations: Closed

Sport Courts: Reopening Monday, June 15th

Picnic Shelters and Sites: Reopening on Monday, June 15th at reduced capacity

Special Events: Canceled thru at least Sunday, June 28th

Day Camps: Starting Monday, June 8th

Programs: Started with modifications -- check the updated Activity Guide

Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex: Reopening on Monday, June 15th

Recreation Centers: Tentative Reopening Date of Monday, June 15th

Museums: Tentative Reopening Date of Wednesday, June 17th

Swimming Pools: Reopening in June -- specific dates to be determined

As programs and facilities re-open, social distancing is still required and capacities are likely to be reduced per Department of Public Health Re-Opening Guidelines.

Cliff Cave Park

806 Cliff Cave Road
Saint Louis, MO 63129
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Park Hours
8 a.m. - 30 minutes past sunset

General Information / History

Cliff Cave, originally called “Indian Cave”, has a very interesting history. It is recorded that in 1749 John Baptiste D’Gamache, one of the French founders of St. Louis, received the cave and land in the Spanish Land Grant.

Later, during the 18th century, French fur trappers operated a tavern here for traders traveling the Mississippi River and the cave was used as a beer cellar. In 1868, the area was sold to Cliff Cave Wine Company that built the rock walls in the entrance that can still be seen today. In the late 1800s the cave also served as a recreation spot for volunteer soldiers from Jefferson Barracks who built a new saloon in the entrance.

 

The purchase of Cliff Cave property by St. Louis County Parks and Recreation was initiated as a result of the 1969 Bond Issue. Cliff Cave Park was officially opened to the public in the spring of 1977.

 

In October 2009 the cave was gated by St. Louis County Parks to protect not only the remaining archeological artifacts that may be inside, but a population of Indiana Bats (endangered species) that have made the cave their home. The cave is also home to Big Brown Bats, Little Brown Bats, Eastern Pipistrells, cave salamanders, isopods and other cave critters. The gates were a joint effort between Saint Louis County Department of Parks, Missouri Department of Conservation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bat Conservation International, the Missouri Karst and Cave Conservancy, and the Meramec Valley Spelunkers. Since the installation of the cave gate the populations of Indiana bats and other bat species have increased over the past couple of years.

Click here for more history on Cliff Cave Park

 

Features & Amenities
 + Trails
 + Fishing (Mississippi River)
 + Year-Round Restroom (Lakeside Shelter)
 + Reservable Shelter

 



View Park Events

Park Postings:

(As of 6/3/20 1:00 p.m.)


The south boat ramp at George Winter Park is closed due to flooding.


The 55 side of Lower Meramec Trail is closed due to flooding.


Portions of the River Trail at Simpson Park are closed due to flooding.


The 5 mile loop at Cliff Cave is closed due to flooding. The 1 mile loop is still open.


The Sioux Passage boat ramp is closed indefinitely.


Reservable Site Photo Galleries



Cliff Cave Amenities