Explore the most popular hiking trails in Castlewood State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a challenging but fun trail. Lots of great scenic view points. Great for the whole family. Very pet friendly.

trail running
18 days ago

Ran it in winter before 8. Only 2 others on trail. Nice run,

Fun and beautiful trail

Nice views

great trails

hiking
27 days ago

Fun trail. Bit narrow with traffic going both ways but overall fun.

It was pretty muddy the the day we went. But beautiful scenery.

trail running
1 month ago

I ran this trail in mid-December, starting from big parking lot at end of paved road by river. Favorite part is first mile or so, nice packed sand trail, lovely views of river. Most strenuous part is the stair section! Then, another great scenic section, high above RR tracks, expansive view of Meramec valley.

Loved the views.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great trail. One very challenging up hill that we had to walk but other than that AWESOME.
Lots of drop offs.

on Grotpeter Trail

hiking
2 months ago

what a great day fir hiking at the Gropeter Trail, Castlewood State Park.
The fall colors were breathtakingly beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Access off of Al Foster trail, so it is less travelled. Worth the effort.

on River Scene Trail Loop

3 months ago

Nice overlooks. Crowed but nice trail. My boys loved the nearby train and the water

This trail has it all- hills in and out of the trees, a fantastic view at the top, off-paths for bicycles, and runs right by the river. It’s a local favorite.

Great views all the way through, I would recommend this hike. Prepare yourself for the armada of mosquitoes though haha!

hiking
3 months ago

My first time hiking and I thought it was not only easy enough but beautiful. I saw the bluffs with the river view and a creek bed. Lots of great photo opportunities

I loved this trail!

hiking
3 months ago

This is my favorite trail!!! Always clean. Everyone is so friendly. Almost everyone has their dogs there! Beautiful scenery, great spots for pictures!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Quick hike; good hill factor and the views from the top are soooooo worth it!

hiking
4 months ago

This is my go to trail whenever I need a quick hiking fix! Love how you can choose your distance with the white connector trails. Keeps things fresh and interesting every single time!

Nice trail!

hiking
4 months ago

very nice trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail on the edge of the suburbs! Very active park, there was a trail race event going on while I was there, but still I had plenty of room to hike this route comfortably. There's some good bits of elevation gain and fabulous bluff views along the South edge. Most of the trail has plenty of room to let mountain bikers pass, but do keep aware for them coming around corners.

I was amazed by the wildlife. Deer were grazing by the side of the road as I drove into the park, as if it was a zoo, and I encountered another one which let me get within 20 feet before casually trotting away. Lots of birds flying around. I was VERY glad I brought bug spray, so don't forget yours!

Only reason it's not 5 stars is the vehicle and train traffic noise you can't really get away from. Not bad, but always there.

One of my girlfriend and I's favorite place to go :) Lots of views and you can see alot of deer on the lower levels. highly recommend for anyone, friendly for all ages

First hike, great experience! Panoramic views. We started at the east and ascended via the stairs. They are well maintained and really get the blood pumping. A few more inclines made for a great hike. Cooled down with the Meramec river trail.

First 1/4 to 1/2 mile a little tough but rest of trail easy enjoyable

Great views and photo opportunities

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing views all around this trail! As a big dude the end is tough but extremely rewarding!

Great trail for kids! The beginning of the trail is a little exhausting if you aren’t used to elevation, but the rest is easy breezy! Beautiful views and photo opps. Lots of puppers on the trail so be on alert if your dog isn’t used to making friends.

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