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Lone Wolf Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ballwin, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.7 mi Elevation gain 223 ft Route type Loop
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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 that connects this trail with Grotpeter Trail. The trail was originally built to allow bicyclists access to the bluff area, but it is also an excellent hiking trail. Features along the trail include beautiful ridge top views, fern covered bluffs and a gravel strewn creek bed. The trail is named in honor of the Lone Wolf Club, a speak easy/tavern from the historic resort era. The club is adjacent to the park near the trail on private property.

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Castlewood State Park,1401 Kiefer Creek Road, Ballwin, MO 63021 ph.636-227-4433

From the south on I-44 or I-55 Take the Hwy. 141 exit and travel north on Hwy. 141 to Big Bend Road. Turn left onto Big Bend Road and travel west to Ries Road. Turn left onto Ries Road and continue until reaching the park entrance at the intersection of Kiefer Creek and Ries roads. From I-270 Take the Dougherty Ferry Road exit and travel west on Dougherty Ferry to Big Bend Road. Turn right onto Big Bend Road and travel west to Ries Road. Turn left onto Ries Road and continue until reaching the park entrance at the intersection of Kiefer Creek and Ries roads. From the north on U.S. Hwy. 40/61 Take the Clarkson exit (near Chesterfield Mall) and travel south. Clarkson crosses Manchester Road and becomes Kiefer Creek Road which leads into the state park. From Hwy. 100/Manchester Road (three options) Take Kiefer Creek Road off of Manchester/Hwy. 100. Kiefer Creek Road will lead into the state park OR Take Ries Road off of Manchester/Hwy. 100. Follow Ries Road to the intersection with Kiefer Creek Road at the park entrance. OR Take New Ballwin Road off of Manchester/Hwy. 100. When New Ballwin Road intersects with Kiefer Creek Road, turn left and continue into the state park.

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Francis Patrick
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Kimberly McQueen
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Nice hill to start; pretty views

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michael kenney
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Mitch Rapp
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Easy as Sunday morning

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Sally Simpson
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Excellent scenery, with views of the river. I'd recommend getting the steep incline out of the way. It's tough but worth it. You'll eventually lead through some words, come down the valley and then alongside the creek.

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Gina Elliott
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Colleen Jones
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Toni Burgess
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Cool trail

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Andi Dugger
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Nice short hike. Saw a deer and some chipmunks. Definitely go clockwise to get the big incline out of the way. Be aware of bikers. One of my fav trails

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Kenneth Wilson
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Angie Nowak
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Relaxing trail through woods. Not bad at all

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Fred Hof
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Christine Young
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Castlewood was packed, as per usual. Had to drive around a minute before we found someone vacating their parking spot. River scene was pretty busy with many hikers, but once we shifted off to Lone Wolf we only saw 4 or 5 other small groups (1 - 3 people) going the opposite way. We were alone for most of that portion of the hike. The bluffs were beautiful. The trail down is pretty treacherous if you’re on a bike (I’d imagine) but for on foot moderate was a good rating. Well kept in terms of overgrowth and clear path forwArd. Saw a deer not 12 feet from us- had a fun staring contest for a minute or two before he ambled away. Creek was low. Would definitely hike this again.

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Todd Thomason
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Very scenic trail and the perfect 1.5 mile distance. Steep at beginning

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Kyle Grant
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Melissa Trautman
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Lib Lý
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Short but awwwweesome

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Gene Pozniakoff
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Having not ridden Lone Wolf for many, many years, I thought I'd give it a go this weekend. Yes, the first long assent up the gravel is a bear! Yes, the view from the top is outstanding and scenic! But, from the top, along the ridges and down the rocky, rutted and root strewn descent you have to use all of your skills to negotiate down safely. The trail is in poor repair at the moment and could use some maintenance. The creek crossing half way down has been washed out and could use some large rocks to maintain proper control. Once you are at or near the bottom, it's the same fun gravel/dirt trail I remember it to be. Hopefully St. Louis county Parks Dept. is aware of this and will help in upkeep. Overall, I still love this trail, but at the moment, it's difficulty rating should be elevated to "Difficult".

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sarah beck
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David Ricketts
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just one good hill then easygoing

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Ryan Lueking
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Went on a Saturday around 8:30AM and Castlewood was very packed and it was difficult to find a parking spot. The trail didn't seem as packed as it looked like it would be judging from the parking lots. The trail is well maintained and a nice easy hike with the option to continue onto the River Scene trail or the Grotpeter trail at several points. A good mix of up and down but definitely not a hard trail. Very enjoyable!

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David Stone
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Okay noisy noisy

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Ashleigh Justice
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Clint Maison
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Very steep hill to start with but the views at the top are amazing. I've done this trail several times with different friends and everyone enjoys it after the first climb.

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Justen Ramsey
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Tonya Waller
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Great views.. nice clean path!

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Jamie Doss
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Jeremy T
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Elevation early in but worth it. Pretty busy, lots of mountain bikers so pay attention. Nice bit of creek at the end.

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