Al Foster Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Eureka, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October.
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.
I run on this trail all the time and every time I can't believe how lucky I am to live so close to it! Beauty is everywhere.
Started out in Glenco at the Wabash and Pacific mini railroad - took the scenic path first - (about a 1/2 mile) then went down to the river access and checked out the river - then headed up the actual gravel trail until I got to the cutover for the Rock Hollow trail. Over all the part of the Al Foster trail I was on was ok - not difficult at all - so it would be fine for beginners or kids.
The new loop is amazing single track. Also a great hike that can be joined to bluff, which is an amazing view.
Nice paved/gravel trail, perfect for families. Only real bright side was the bluff view.
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.
Good moderate hike
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.