Sundermeier RV Park

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Sundermeier RV Park is in St. Charles, Missouri. St. Charles is just outside of St. Louis. This park is quite nice - especially for a park inside a city. The park is easily accessible from I-270 and I-70 by taking Missouri State Highway 370 which connects the two Interstate highways together.

This RV park is on the Missouri Katy Trail State Park. The Katy Trail is an abandoned rail line that goes along the Missouri River for quite a distance. The Katy Trail is perfect for riding bicycles on. You can ride the trail into the St. Charles South Main Historic District and to the St. Charles Frontier Park. Also adjacent to the RV park is St. Charles' Point Dusable Park.

The South Main Historic District has a number of good restaurants and is a cool place to spend a few afternoons exploring. If you don't feel like riding a bicycle, St. Charles runs a trolley bus that stops in Sundermeier RV Park.

The campground advertises high speed Internet service. They don't have it up and running yet. They do provide cable television (satellite based that fuzzes out during heavy rain storms) and telephone service to each site. We tried to use the telephone service but we couldn't draw dial tone. If these types of serivces are important to you, call ahead.

This is by far the most expensive RV park we have ever stayed in. It costs us $50 per night to stay here. The second most expensive park was the Branson KOA at $27 per night. Big jump! Was it worth it? We will stay here again. It is very close to Linda's parents home in St. Charles. Can't beat the location. But, If Linda's parents didn't live close by this park, we probably wouldn't stay here again.

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Above left - Sundermeier RV Park Entrance.

Above right - the park office.

Below left - our campsite taken from the Katy Trail.

Below right - our campsite with all our junk setup.

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Above left - The back gate from the RV park that gives campers access to Dusable City Park and the Katy Trail.

Above right - the back gate from inside the RV park.

Below left - Beef Eaters Pub & Grill - A restaurant that is inside the RV park grounds. We ate here Thursday night with Linda's parents. Both the food and service were excellent.

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Friday for lunch we at at Lewis & Clarks, a South Main Historic District restaurant. Both the food and service were excellent. It was an appropriately named restaurant since this is the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clarks expedition. Lewis & Clarks can be found at 217 South Main in St. Charles.

Friday for dinner, we did take out from Pirrones Pizzeria and ate with pizza and salad Linda's aunt. We do this every time we come to St. Louis. Pirrones makes the best (according to Linda) St. Louis style thin crust pizza. I have to admit, it is pretty darn good. Pirrones in in Florissant at 1775 Washington.

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Above left and right - While we were staying in the park, an organized RV tour group was assembling for a Sunday departure. Adventure Caravans. They all looked like they were having a good time. They mark all of the RV's in the caravan with stickers so they can easily recognize each other.

Right - Don't expect this park to be quiet. It isn't the campers that make the noise. It is the location. Missouri Highway 370 is visible from the park. In the picture you can see a Fed Ex truck on 370 in the background. In front of the truck is a train trestle. The trestle is part of the bridge works for a major rail bridge over the Missouri River. Thursday afternoon between noon and 8:00 PM I counted seven huge trains. When the trains come across the bridge, you can here them coming a long way off. Below left is a train that I heard 4 minutes before it appeared.

But wait, there is more... The park is in the flight path for St. Louis International Airport. We got to hear jets scream overhead day and night.

If the highway, trains, and flight path wasn't enough, the tug boats pulling the barges up and down the river are noisy as well (below right).

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