Al Foster Trail

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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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
101 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

12 days ago

Flat trail that has a lot of offshoots allowing you to add mileage as needed. Will definitely hike this again!

walking
3 months ago

Lovely for a fall stroll!

3 months ago

Lovely for a fall stroll!

10 months ago

Nice trail, well kept. Very busy nearly all the time though. Also, if you're walking, watch out for the bike riders, they go very fast and some pass without warning. When I go with my daughter, our favorite thing to do, to avoid her getting run over by bicyclers, is to take a side trail down to the river, look at rocks, fish, et al.

trail running
11 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

mountain biking
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

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.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Good moderate hike

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

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
Sunday, February 21, 2016

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
Sunday, February 07, 2016

One of our favorite runs in the area.

hiking
Sunday, August 30, 2015

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!

trail running
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Nice, flat easy trail for running.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 26, 2012

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

hiking
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