Forest Park Wheels Path is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near St. Louis, Missouri that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length5.7 miElevation gain164 ftRoute typeLoop
Wheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakePavedRiverWildflowersWildlife
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This popular trail has both paved and gravel options (the "Heels Path") and goes by attractions such as Jefferson Lake, McDonnell Planetarium, Missouri History Museum, Forest Park Golf Course, and the St. Louis Zoo. The park is very easy to navigate. There are 30 miles of trails that run through the park, and this loop only represents the perimeter. There are bike racks at all the different places that you can stop and visit. You can pick up a detailed map from the visitors center which is very helpful; however, they do have basic maps placed along the trails throughout the park. Exploring the park by bike is definitely a great way to see the park. It allows you to cover the vast area in the most efficient way. Accessibility: The main trail surface is paved asphalt and typically at least five feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (all 5% or less) so most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users will likely find this trail navigable.

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Brittney Parker
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Stephen McGrath
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Carly T.
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Janny Engvig
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Jake Welsh
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Road biking

Got out for a ride after the wind tunnel broke in lab. A little windsy for sure but still a good ride. On the way back saw pickup ultimate in the quad I joined in on for the first time since the break. Taught the kids about aerodynamics in place of the wind tunnel which I also enjoyed

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chris c
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Almut Marino
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Road biking

Snow and ice are gone. Few puddles and the air is great!

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Jack Lenz
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Nathan Maul
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Road biking

It was windy at Forest Park! Wow am I tired. Anyway, I listened to two different podcasts about the DSP of America along with Yang’s take on that movement.

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Nathan Maul
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Road biking

It was great. The weather was really nice. I listened to Stacey Abrams on “WTF” with Marc Maron. They talked about the hard work that needs to be done, but that change is not only possible, but essential. She believes that faith leads to works and wanted to go into systematic leadership.

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Kyle Grant
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Stephanie Causey
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Road bikingGreat!
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Aarogya Rana
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Nathan Maul
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Road biking

Dad surprised me with a spontaneous bike ride request, and of course I obliged. We went to Forrest Park to ride the trail. It was beautiful weather and all, but the gnats were running amuck, like wild juggalos at an ICP gathering. I must have swallowed dozens of family members. Whole generations, gone.

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Nathan Maul
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Road biking

It was lovely. I listened to the “Rewatchables” podcast episode about The Sandlot, which brought back a lot of great nostalgia. I’m glad a skipped class today.

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Christian Woodward
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Hiking

Nice trail. Did both the wheels & heels and just heels on the same hike. Has quiet parts and very noisy parts along the highways and streets. Very busy.

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Vijayachandar Chandrasekaran
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Steve Graman
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Alltrails User99
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Road bikingGreat!

The premier path in the premier city park in St. Louis. A "must ride" for visitors, it's used a lot by locals and can be a bit busy but always manageable. Highlights: Jefferson Lake, McDonnell Planetarium, Missouri History Museum, Forest Park Golf Course, St. Louis Zoo.

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Tom Brauch
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This is a good outer loop but the best ride is the inner loop, though you won't get as much exercise. But find the inner dirt paths and packed gravel paths to see parts of Forest Park that you never knew existed. You can take kids of all ages on the inner loop. You will come across several bridges and ponds and some beautiful monuments.

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Steve Mosbacher
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Road biking

Busy Trail. The trail was in very good shape for bicycling. Several parts of this trail provide picturesque views and represent Forest Park and the city of St Louis very beautifully. I would recommend this trail to skaters, bicyclists, and hikers.

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Tom Brauch
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I give this a 4 just because its Forest Park, a place my family loves. However, I prefer Al Foster trail or trails a bit more secluded. Also, many people running/ walking take the bike path even though there is a beautiful, ten-foot wide walking path just 5 yards away. I dont get why people walking/running take the bike path. Other than the idiots, it was a good ride and enjoyed the scenery, but a few hills definitely got my heart racing.

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Marlee Anne Iris Ellison
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Road biking

A nice way to see the city/park and get a workout in. Usually a pretty easy path, but a few hills will get your heart pumping.

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Jake Welsh
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Road biking

Well I went to pick up my CaSTLe hat from Jeff and decided to ride around the trails at Forest Park and Wash U’s campus. Sadly I hopped a curb too fast and fucking popped my rear tire so I had to walk back like a mile and a half :( I had an extra inner tube to replace it but didn’t have a pump because I haven’t found a place to attach it to my new bike so that’s unfortunate. Guess we’ll have to do some repairs when we get home

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Ray Thatch
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Road biking

Felt good race like pace fought thru climbs nice weather slightly opposing winds on back 9 of park 60 degrees 12 noon

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Josh Walther
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Hiking

Awesome views all around of STL and tons of paths to explore

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Randy Kerckhoff
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Road biking

Great trail for biking walking.

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Adam S
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Road biking

I used to love this path back when I roller-bladed on a regular basis. It provides a good challenge with a lot of variety. I wouldn't recommend it for beginners as there are some pretty steep downhills (had one bad wipeout myself, but luckily nothing broken).

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A. Sturm
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Rollerblade to Kennedy forest on a schweet fall day!

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Abbey Johnson
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