Stats for Castlewood State Park
Official homepage: Missouri
1401 Kiefer Creek Road, Ballwin, MO 63021
Vertical Drop: 600 ft or 183 m's
Number of Trails: 7
Length: More than 15.5 miles of trails
Terrain: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Type: 90% Singletrack
Phone Number: (636) 227-4433
Description: The River Scene Trail
is the most spectacular trail in the park. Most
trails have steep and technical spots, with some flat
trails as well.
Driving Directions: Take I-40 west to Hwy 141
south. Follow 141 to Manchester or Big Bend and turn
right (west) until you reach Ries Rd. which takes you
into the park. Turn left on Kiefer Creek Rd. and follow
it to the trailhead.
Biking Directions: The River Scene Trail
three-mile loop that 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.
(hiking only on the bluff portion).
Grotpeter Trail is a three-mile loop that
follows Kiefer Creek. After leaving the creek valley,
the trail climbs and then winds through a group of hills
adjacent to the creek valley. The trail runs on the
north side of Kiefer Creek and also includes several
The Lone Wolf Trail is a 1.5-mile loop that
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
The Stinging Nettle Loop is reached via
the River Scene Trail or by parking at Sherman Beach
County Park and taking the nature trail to Larry Elliot
Road. The trail is a three-mile loop that circles through
the forest adjacent to the river.
The Cedar Bluff Loop is a two-mile trail
that can be accessed from the Stinging Nettle Loop.
The trail wanders through an old farm site before climbing
a large hill. Along the way, the trail crosses a dry
creek bed two times, and goes by some interesting rock
formations while running through fields and forests.
The Chubb Trail is a seven-mile trail that starts
at the Chubb Shelter in West Tyson County Park. It passes
through a part of Castlewood State Park and goes to
the entrance of Lone Elk County Park. It passes two
fields and then becomes tightly wedged between a railroad
embankment and the river. The trail widens as it enters
the bottomland within Castlewood State Park before climbing
one big hill to the entrance of Lone Elk County Park.
The Castlewood Loop is a three-mile trail that
branches off Chubb Trail and includes Lincoln Beach
The Al Foster Trail is located in the Rock Hollow
Unit of Castlewood State Park and Sherman Beach County
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