Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Eureka with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
19 days ago

Flat trail, easy, used by bikes also.

road biking
25 days ago

We tried to do the Al Foster trail starting with the directions at Castlewood Park. You have to take the river scene trail a ways to get there. This is definitely mountain biking - not road biking. Pretty trail but would not call this “easy” for kids to bike

Would have given it a 5 star but poorly marked. Markers are only every mile. A simple blaze system would eliminate this. Started at the West end. The first half mile I was off trail and had to back track and then drove to Lone Elk lot to restart. Hiking rated difficult but only moderate at best. Completed the entire 13 miles plus. Will retry. Positives: very few on trail, peaceful, hills.

hiking
1 month ago

If you live close by, I can see that this trail is handy to get out and "stretch your legs." I knew it was quite busy on the weekends so I visited on a Wednesday in late September.

The section along the Meramec River from the Glencoe trailhead to Sherman Beach Park was the most busy section.

I only encountered 1 biker and 1 trail runner between Sherman Beach Park and the turn around point in Castlewood SP. And, there was only one car parked at the Sherman Beach Park lot.

The walk is easy but I just didn't feel like I was hiking as it felt too suburban at several points. But, if you live nearby, it certainly makes for a nice place to get out for some exercise.

BTW, the trail as shown on the map is not a loop but is instead an out-and-back trail.

It was a beautiful trail, but poorly and confusingly marked. Even using the map here on Alltrails, somehow I wound up only going 2.3 miles. I suspect I missed a turn somewhere. More flashes, like in the state parks, would be helpful--

great trail. well maintained. liked the different terrains. very quiet and peaceful.

Fun trail to run. A couple of those hills are just plain evil which is always a plus. The trail is marked pretty well and was maintained for the most part. There was a small overgrown section and a downed tree on the path. I'll definitely come back to this one again.

just right distance for hiking for seniors

hiking
3 months ago

After reading several reviews, I decided to pick up the trail at the equestrian parking lot and hike CW. There is an access point located down a wide gravel road that starts between the restrooms and the pavilion. That road deadends fairly quickly and you can pickup the trail there where you see the vertical trail post with a blue eagle icon on it.

I utilized the St Louis County parks map which shows the trail to be 3.6 miles long which agrees with the trailhead signage over at the visitor center where I essentially completed the loop. (After the Visitors Center parking lot you just cross Scenic Loop Road next to Allenton Road and you are back at the equestrian parking lot). The entire hike took less than 1.5 hours.

I didn't notice any blazes marking the trail but any forks where this trail met other trails were clearly marked with a signpost and the appropriate icons and arrows.

The trail is pleasant. Going either CW or CCW means that you start at the top of a ridge and descend into a valley. CW seemed to me to be the easier direction in retrospect. The Eagle Valley Trail interconnects with other trails so you could make a longer day of it if you wish.

My hike was on Sunday, August 5th and I probably encountered three pairs of horse riders, two groups of mountain bikers, and three pairs of fellow hikers. The area was dry and I did not encounter any running or standing water anywhere.

I wish I could give it 3.5 stars as it is a decent trail but I'm not likely to do this one again unless I was camping in the area.

By the way, ticks did not seem to be a problem with the generally wide trail and little undergrowth to brush up against.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail overall. Not very well marked, except at intersecting trails. Rough terrain at some points. Nice and secluded. Mostly wooded. A one-way road runs along for a big part of it. Good trail to get away from the city for a few hours.

Nice winding trail, very peaceful. Has some stretches that I would love to come back and run. Also, according to the paper map provided on-trail, it is 14 miles.

Great trail! Temps were low in the bottom section of the trail; good pick for a hot summer day. Only gripe I had was that the trail ended at the equestrian center and not the visitor center where I started the hike

Great trail for the whole family. Very easy bike ride

hiking
6 months ago

Well kept trail. Easy to follow the red markers. Sign clearly states it is over 4 miles at the trailhead. Has a great scenic overlook in the first mile going clockwise. My toddler loved getting to run along the path. Great and easy trail.

6 months ago

fun ride!

Low water section of trail along Meramec covered. Cut my hike short by 4 miles

well groomed trails. a bit rocky so bring along shoes with plenty of padding.

Hiked the “Low Water Trail” in 3/14:18 and it was muddy...but fun! The middle part of this trail (which follows along the Meramec) is mostly flat and at this time of the year is bug-free.

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

Been 15yrs since last here and that was on a MTB. Still as rugged as I remembered. Good stuff though.

9 months ago

The signage is poor and the distance of the trail is confusing. All trails says 1.9 miles bit the actual trail says it is 4+ miles.

Easy to get to, challenging but not too hard, scenic, good elevation changes, well marked.

Very muddy today but a good hike.

The first three miles are uphill and rocky, the next 3 or 3 1/2 miles are flat river valley. Not bad at all when one is fresh, but that last three miles on the way back are pretty rugged if one is not expecting it.

Very steep at the entrance by Lone Elk Park and the exit off Lewis Rd. In between it's beautiful and winding with lots of views of the river. Some areas are technical, especially on a mountain bike.

This is my absolute favorite trail in the St. Louis Area. The elevation gain is sufficient for hikers who like a challenge. The environment changes from rocky flint hilltops to low grassy prairie in the Meramec floodplain then down further to the river basin itself. The eastern section of the loop is the Flint Quarry Trail. Along this trail there are small bowls and trenches dug out all along the trail and surrounding area, these are the remnants of prehistoric quarries cut by indigenous people. The flint was used for tools by those people and is the highest concentration of prehistoric mines in North America.

For more history of the area check out this webpage below the author provides a vary detailed timeline of Lone Elk, Times Beach, Tyson Valley, West Tyson and Crescent Hills.

http://www.rollanet.org/~conorw/cwome/article25,26,&27combined.htm

Very rocky. I have no idea how people bike this trail! lol

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