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River Scene Trail Loop

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Castlewood State Park

River Scene Trail Loop is a 3.1 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.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 249 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

River Scene Trail (red arrows) This three-mile loop is the most spectacular trail in the park and highlights the parks most memorable features. The trail climbs to and then traverses a series of bluffs overlooking the Meramec River. It then goes down a long wood staircase that takes you from the top of the bluffs to the valley below. From there, the trail takes you through an up-close and personal look at the river and the bottomland surrounding it. Along the way, you will pass panoramic vistas, remnants of the historic resort era and floodplain forest. This trail is designated for hiking and bicycling (hiking only on the bluff portion).

hiking
3 days ago

Nice trail, despite drawing heavy weekend crowds. I used to come here when albums dropped to listen alone w/ headphones while hiking haha. Great meditative space above the river

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail!! Can get a little crowded but there are several outlooks to see out over the river, some even have benches.

hiking
6 days ago

So many people. So many bags of dog poop. So much trash. Pick up after yourself!! On the upside, The view is very pretty and we saw deer!

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muddy
10 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Loved this trail. However at 10 this morning there were alot of kids and bikers to watch out for. Not that I minded, the views were gorgeous.

18 days ago

Great trail! Recommend the right gear, hiking shoes, water etc. Many walkers with dogs, but plenty of space. Some shades. Some parts are rocky. Medium-hard. It is well maintained and with signage. Will recommend it!

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail. First half of the trail is somewhat strenuous, but the last half is a nice walk next to the river.

hiking
21 days ago

Very scenic with both bluff and bottomland views. A few steep points. Thought it was a bit crowded.

hiking
rocky
21 days ago

Fun trail! Took my 3 month puppy and she enjoyed the whole way. Mom was kinda tired from the uphill- but lots of stopping lookouts too take pictures. Marked well.

hiking
21 days ago

This is the only trail I've given a 5 start rating to. Look at the elevation map, it's not a joke. when you start, you climb up the mountain. there are benches and incredible views then you hike all the way down! after that, it's flat and easy, tree covered and well maintained. watch out for mountain bikes, there's plenty of them. if you're biking there's dedicated trails so it's pretty cool for you too. I can't wait to do this one again. get here early because it is a well populated trail.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike! The first half was a good hill challenge and the back half a more leisurely walk along the river. Great views, not too many bugs. It was a busy trail with many hikers and bikes. Only unfortunate thing is that people leave litter laying around in spots.

Great park, well maintained and with beautiful shaded trails. The direction (signs) in the park are perfectly placed and are making sure you'll always be on the right path. I highly recommend!!!

hiking
25 days ago

Awesome easy clean trail great for a quick workout or a family stroll. Lots of good stop points along the river.

hiking
25 days ago

Great loop trail with view from above and then water level of the Meramec river. For people who have trouble with elevated routes - you can walk on the river level path and then return the same way.

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rocky
25 days ago

Almost too many views.

hiking
1 month ago

We really loved our morning on this trail! We hiked up a rocky path, plateau at the top of bluff and lookout, climb stairs down, walk along the river, and even sand and paved areas along the river. . Beautiful views from the top! Lots of cool trees and logs to climb on. Saw a turtle out in the river.

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muddy
1 month ago

Fun trail. Very uphill at the beginning, but leads to great views. The weather was nice and we only saw a few other people. Some muddy parts, but was to be expected due to the rain the past few days. Overall great, pet-friendly trail.

walking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery! Lots of dogs on the trail, quite crowded at times but amazing viewpoints.

1 month ago

We went a bit of the "wrong" way on this trail, starting with the riverside part of the trail then going uphill to the bluffs part of the trail. I recommend going the other way of course! I took my 9 and 2 6 year olds and it was just long enough. They had to pee and were tired at the end of it. In regards to COVID, few were wearing masks and there were many people who didn't seem to care about giving distance. Giving space can be hard on the trail,but many people didn't even try to give space. Additionally, the park entrance was closed when we left- I assume the park reached its COVID capacity.

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bugs
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Closed bc of corona

hiking
2 months ago

Always a good trail. Lots of people and dogs.

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

I enjoyed this trail.

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muddy
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

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