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

Super easy to run/walk, especially when short on time!

1 month ago

This is my go to trail whenever I need a quick hiking fix! Love how you can choose your distance with the white connector trails. Keeps things fresh and interesting every single time!

Very noisy highway traffic. Trail is not t well maintained.

4 months ago

Beautiful scenery with frequent changes in elevation to keep it interesting. Be aware if you are planning to go on foot that this is primarily a mountain biking trail. This is a great trail to see wildlife. I think I saw more deer here than on any other trail I have hiked. Also, I deeply regret not wearing bug spray.

4 months ago

Pretty and lots of options. There are a lot of different side trails in various levels of difficulty. Some are paved and some aren’t. I like the variety. We saw a snake on the path once.

9 months ago

Nice walk through a county park. Features a lake & views of the river.

9 months ago

The trail itself was great. It started off with a challenging steep climb, too. I am unsure if it is primarily a mountain biking trail, but it was very crowded with bikers during our entire hike. We moved off the trail with passing bikes at least every fifteen minutes.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A moderately rugged trail loop. Longer than the trail is marked or mapped on All trails. A loop hike through hilly forest area. A brief section near the parking with a pretty creek. Lots of deer. A very busy trail with lots of hikers, backpackers, runners, dog walkers, bikers and signs of equestrians.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Good trail well marked. The full length of the trail was about 4 miles long with some nice streams along the way. I will hike it again.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

A pleasant, easy walk that most able-bodied people could accomplish. The trail I took actually consisted of Crow's Roost Trail, Fisherman's Trail and Paw Paw Trail. It started from the loop drive near the lake, went up Paw Paw Trail through the woods, where we saw several deer, to a Mississippi River overlook on the bluffs, back down through the woods on Crow's Roost Trail to Fisherman's Trail to loop around the pretty little fishing lake and back to the car.

Friday, August 11, 2017

love the roller coaster section

Monday, August 07, 2017

Charming little walk that's as easy as pie. I did it during a weekday and it was just me and the trees. Really relaxing.

trail running
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Nice trail

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

beautiful walk

Monday, May 29, 2017

Nice dog walk with hills to keep it interesting and provide a bit of a work out. Got up close to deer who just stood and watched us walk by. Main complaints: no views and lots of mosquitos on a day after storms, so bring your bug spray.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

ok mostly paved with rock nice overlook

trail running
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

trail running
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nice trail for running, hiking, and biking. Plenty of options to increase your mileage or cut it short.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Very nice, I do feel as though Castlewood in general is just too crowded for my taste at all times of the year and it sometimes takes away the experience for me.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Gave this one a 3 because the other trails there are better! This one had a pretty steep incline so it was a decent workout but not much to see!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Nice area to walk around the lake and a few short trails through the woods leading to a good view of the Mississippi River

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Good hike - lots of side trails you can take to add to your hike to make it longer if desired

trail running
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nice trail...got off course and found myself on the Roller Coaster trail which made a 2.7 mile hike a 4 mile hike. Some good hills, single track, packed dirt and rocks, lots of roots.

on Bee Tree Lake Loop

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

It's not really a hike, its a stroll around the lake. Pretty, but not what I'd hoped for.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Beautiful trail. Some intense inclines

Monday, September 05, 2016

Great trail, well marked, mostly uphill, rocky down hill! Less traffic than other Castlewood Park Trails.

trail running
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice place to trail run.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Easily my favorite trail in STL. Varied trail surfaces, lots of inclines and declines, and the beauty of these Woods make for a great hike. it takes me about an hour and 15 minutes to get round the entire thing but there are offshoots that allow you to lengthen or shorten as you like. It is primarily a mountain bike trail so be prepared to step off the trail as they come by.

In the summer, it gets hot and muggy back there so bring water. And it gets pretty ticky too, so don't skimp on bug spray.

For an extra bonus, pick up the Lone Wolf trail connector to go up on the bluff overlooking the Meramec River. Great views.

Monday, May 16, 2016

This trail was great. It was well-maintained for the most part. I really liked how the walking surfaces were varied—it made it more interesting (gravel, hard packed earth, wood chips, etc)

There were only a couple parts that I found to be pretty tough, but I'm very new to hiking, and not in the best shape yet. There was a really long steep hill near the beginning that just kept going and going... but I felt fantastic when I reached the summit :-)

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