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.

hiking
4 days 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

trail running
29 days 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
29 days 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
29 days ago

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

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
1 month ago

Beautiful, but a little crowded for my liking. Must see views though!

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views from the bluffs!

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect short hike with great scenery. Valley overlook is amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views. Lots of people

hiking
1 month ago

on River Scene Trail

1 month ago

Love this trail! Great views and good excercise. Can be muddy and buggy by the river...don't forget your bug spray!

backpacking
2 months ago

Love this trail! Great views of the river and varied terrain. One of my favorite trails!