Lone Wolf Trail

MODERATE 278 reviews
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Lone Wolf Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately 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.

1.7 miles
223 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running







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.

1 month ago

Nice views

4 months ago

My first time hiking and I thought it was not only easy enough but beautiful. I saw the bluffs with the river view and a creek bed. Lots of great photo opportunities

4 months ago

Quick hike; good hill factor and the views from the top are soooooo worth it!

5 months ago

Great trail on the edge of the suburbs! Very active park, there was a trail race event going on while I was there, but still I had plenty of room to hike this route comfortably. There's some good bits of elevation gain and fabulous bluff views along the South edge. Most of the trail has plenty of room to let mountain bikers pass, but do keep aware for them coming around corners.

I was amazed by the wildlife. Deer were grazing by the side of the road as I drove into the park, as if it was a zoo, and I encountered another one which let me get within 20 feet before casually trotting away. Lots of birds flying around. I was VERY glad I brought bug spray, so don't forget yours!

Only reason it's not 5 stars is the vehicle and train traffic noise you can't really get away from. Not bad, but always there.

6 months ago

Great views and photo opportunities

10 months ago

Lovely hike along riverside! Some of the trail is on the edge of a steep cliff.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Nice trail along the river.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

moderately challenging and pretty hike. 1 steep hill but the view at the end is beautiful. plenty of little kids, families, dogs, runners, and bikers. i hiked it solo and felt safe because of all the people.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Nice little trail with some challenging hills and a good variety of scenery: cliftop views, deep woods with steep sides, and a long creekside stroll.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Took a wrong turn but scenery was great.

Monday, July 03, 2017

I started out on the Lone Wolf trail and took a wrong turn onto the River Scene Trail. I noticed at about .2 mile after I should have turned and decided to keep going. Lots of great vistas overlooking the Meremac on both trails. The first .5 miles is a pretty steep incline but the views are worth it. That said, both trails could use more distinct markings. Orange and red are a little too similar for trails that intersect. Also, the River Scene Trail could use more markings toward the end. If it hadn't been for the recording feature in the All Trails app, I might still be wandering around in the woods.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Nice trail - steep incline in the beginning. Great views of the river at the top.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Excellent trail! Can't wait to try the river scene trail next.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Great hike! Very scenic with a decent workout mixed in

Saturday, June 10, 2017

We enjoyed this trail a lot. Very scenic with some moderate to steeper inclines. Nice workout!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gorgeous trail, would easily be one of my favorites if it weren't for the high amount of foot traffic. If you're considering visiting Castlewood, go early during the week. This place is PACKED on weekends! Very scenic, dog-friendly (but PLEASE pick up after your dog and keep it on-leash). Can be muddy in spots. Lots of little off-shoots to explore for scenery. I did this loop and River Scene Trail together for a nice hike. This one has a pretty steep incline at "the stairs" if you aren't entering from the west end, so be prepared. The stairs are VERY narrow and can be difficult to pass others, especially with dogs. When I went a few months ago, some of the slats on the steps were missing and my dog fell through. They seemed to have been fixed the last time I went though, just be cautious.

I prefer the Lewis & Clark trails (near Defiance, MO) only because it is far less trafficked on weekends.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Followed the red markers on the trees and ended up crossing the train tracks. Do not make the same mistake. Very misleading.

Monday, March 13, 2017

This trail was a good way to build muscles and exercise

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

One of the easier hikes in this park. Beautiful views

Friday, February 17, 2017

This trail felt longer than it was. It was a lovely hike.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Nice trail - some nice scenic overlooks

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Lovely hike by a river and with fantastic views from the bluffs. This trail has some traffic on a Saturday morning, but overall less busy than the River Scene Trail and, in my opinion, more serene and beautiful.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Beautiful views. Good challenge for my 6 year old son.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Perfect short hike with great scenery. Valley overlook is amazing.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Great trail, well beaten, with good views. Very well populated.

Monday, August 01, 2016

IMO, one of the best parks and trails in the county. Great for a quick walk, run, or hike through a beautiful area. Awesome place to get some regular exercise.

It is dog friendly but is best to keep them on leash.

Bring bug spray during the summer. There are ticks and mosquitos.

trail running
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great trail. One of my favorites for a quick run. Really steep to start out but the views of the river from the top are spectacular. The back of the trail runs right along the river and is very nice.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Alot of fun, a little harder for a beginner like me, but beautiful veiws :)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Beautiful views and moderately challenging. We will definitely be back!

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