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Best trails in Castlewood State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Castlewood State Park, Missouri? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Castlewood State Park ranging from 1.7 to 4.7 miles and from 419 to 662 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Castlewood State Park
Park information
Acreage:
1818 acres
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
7:00 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
636-227-4433
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Top trails (7)
#1 - River Scene Trail Loop
Castlewood State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
River Scene Trail (red arrows) This three-mile loop is the most spectacular trail in the park and highlights the parks most memorable features. The trail climbs to and then traverses a series of blufShow more
#2 - Lone Wolf Trail
Castlewood State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 50 m
This trail parallels the River Scene Trail on top of the bluffs before plunging into the Kiefer Creek valley. The trail then follows the south bank of Kiefer Creek. There is also a creek crossing thaShow more
#3 - Grotpeter Trail
Castlewood State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
Varied routes and the challenging terrain with numerous elevation changes make this a popular trail with all users. In addition to the main trail, five white connector trails, totaling 2.6 miles, are Show more
#4 - Castlewood Trail
Castlewood State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 37 m
Castlewood Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near St. Louis, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Show more
#5 - Castlewood Loop
Castlewood State Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
Castlewood Loop is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Valley Park, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkinShow more
#6 - Stinging Nettle Trail
Castlewood State Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Stinging Nettle Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glencoe, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkShow more
#7 - Cedar Bluff Trail
Castlewood State Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Cedar Bluff trail, contrary to its name, does not actually go along Cedar Bluff. If you take it clockwise, the trail passes through forest and meadows before climbing to the knob of a large hill, whiShow more