Al Foster Trail

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Al Foster Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Eureka, MO that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from February until October.

9.2 miles 242 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

You can access the Al Foster Trail from several areas. I like to park at Castlewood State Park at one end of the trail, but you can also reach the opposite end of the trail at Glencoe, Missouri. Directions to Castlewood State Park: From the I-270 loop, exit at Dougherty Ferry Road and travel west for about 1.5 miles. Turn right at Big Bend Road for about 3 miles. Turn left (south) onto Ries Road. When Ries Road dead-ends, turn left into Castlewood State Park. Drive past the Ranger Station on your right, over a small bridege, past a field on your left, and under a railroad bridge. Just past the railroad bridge, there is a parking lot on your right. Park in this lot. The trail begins from the parking lot. Directions to Glencoe: From the I-270 loop, exit at I-44 west. Take exit 264 (State Route 109) and go north. Turn right at Old State Road and then an immediate right onto Grand Ave. This will take you to the small town of Glencoe. There will be a parking lot on your left. Park here. The trail begins at this parking lot and immediately crosses some small tiny train tracks.

mountain biking
22 days ago

The new loop is amazing single track. Also a great hike that can be joined to bluff, which is an amazing view.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice paved/gravel trail, perfect for families. Only real bright side was the bluff view.

hiking
2 months ago

Bluff trail is a must. Hiked 7 miles in until the skeeters got too bad. nothing exciting but good family trail. Also had train rides if that's your thing.

2 months ago

Good moderate hike

hiking
4 months ago

We started on the Al Foster but went up to Bluff View. Beautiful views from the bluff. The hike was pretty easy too. Only about 5 mi round trip. Nice relaxing hike.

hiking
4 months ago

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hiking
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hiking
9 months ago

Great trail even after this winter's flood!
STL County Parks have done a good job at reopening the trails and gathering up the flood trash.

trail running
9 months ago

One of our favorite runs in the area.

hiking
1 year ago

If you start this trail at Ridge Meadows Elementary School, the first 2.5 miles is Zombie Road. Google it, it's creepy. We walked in in the afternoon so when we walked out it was dark. Except for Zombie Road it's very flat. You walk along the bottom of the Meramec bluffs. Make sure to look for the trail that takes you up to the top of the bluffs, it's one of the trails marked by two rectangle boulders. Very cool trail with a lot of interesting, macabre history!

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2 years ago

Nice, flat easy trail for running.

mountain biking
4 years ago

great trail to ride from Glencoe to Sherman and connects to castlewood state park