A trip to Castlewood State Park gives visitors a first-hand look at the area's glorious past. At the same time, the natural beauty of the Meramec River and the surrounding open spaces offer a serene escape from urban life. Between 1915 and 1940, thousands of St. Louis residents traveled by train each weekend to the Castlewood area for water fun, dancing and clubhouse partying. Today, the 1,818-acre Castlewood State Park preserves the history of the former resort. The park stretches for nearly five miles, straddling both sides of the Meramec River. It incorporates much of the old resort area, including the grand staircase that once led revelers up to the large hotels and clubs. Although the hotels and clubs are gone, the staircase and the lure of the region remain. Hike the River Scene Trail that ascends to the top of the majestic limestone bluffs towering above the river. Stand 250 feet below on the riverbank among the trees of the native floodplain forest. Angle for bluegill, largemouth bass and catfish in the cool waters of the Meramec River. Eat a relaxing lunch before strolling through meadows and along the spring-fed Kiefer Creek. The possibilities are endless and the choice is all yours.

Great views any day at the water is a great day

hiking
27 days ago

Very nice trail but not marked well - very busy on weekends

Good hike - lots of side trails you can take to add to your hike to make it longer if desired

Nice trail - some nice scenic overlooks

hiking
1 month ago

Nice Trail, It could be Marked Better. 11/30/16 WED. 8 am. 40 Degrees and Seen 1 Person on the Trail.

Great trail

Nice trail...got off course and found myself on the Roller Coaster trail which made a 2.7 mile hike a 4 mile hike. Some good hills, single track, packed dirt and rocks, lots of roots.

on Lone Wolf Trail

2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

My favorite trail I run. Sometimes a little crowded, but the trail is beautiful and has a little bit of stairs which is nicely done!

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely hike by a river and with fantastic views from the bluffs. This trail has some traffic on a Saturday morning, but overall less busy than the River Scene Trail and, in my opinion, more serene and beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views. Good challenge for my 6 year old son.

hiking
2 months ago

Got here 7:30 am on a Saturday morning and it was already crowded. It's a beautiful trail and I like to go clockwise so I can walk up the endless stairs and give my glutes a good workout.

hiking
2 months ago