This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show!
When Robertsville State Park opened in 1989, it was in the boonies at the southwest corner of the St. Louis metropolitan area in east-central Franklin County.
Today, urban growth has caught up and the park is popular with local residents who visit for morning walks or bring the kids to the playground.
The land once was part of the vast holdings of Edward James Roberts, who was 14 when he moved there with his family in 1831. As one of the largest land owners in Franklin County, the community that was established eventually was named Robertsville.
The state park system was attracted to the 1,100-acre tract because is sits on a bend of the Meramec River, and is part of the effort to create a green corridor of parks and conservation areas for recreation.
The park has a boat launch and fishing opportunities on the Meramec. It has shaded picnic sites, two covered picnic shelters and a campground nestled in the woods.