Castlewood State Park

Castlewood State Park

With nearly 17 miles of trails, Castlewood offers some of the best variety of riding in the area. From the flat and curvy along the Meramec river, to the numerous climbs and downhills on the bluffs, there's something here for everyone.

The trails can be simplified roughly into two categories: the easier, flat trails along the river bottom such as the River Scene, and Stinging Nettle; and the more advanced, technical ones in the higher areas including Cedar Bluff, Lone Wolf, the Rollercoaster and Grotpeter.  There are several shorter trails- Mountain Ridge Connector, Ranger Station, and Justin's, which link parts of the main trails. If you're unfamiliar with the park, a map will be very helpful.

Trails along the river bottom are fairly slow to dry, while the higher, rockier ones are more durable and dry more quickly. It would be wise to avoid most of the trails after rain, but this park sees such a high volume of trail use that there is generally always someone out on the trails, no matter the conditions.

Castlewood is one of the busiest, and most popular parks in the area, so you might find yourself sharing the trails with families out for a picnic, hikers, birdwatchers, runners, equestrians, or cross-country mountain bike racers. Be extra careful on nice weekend days, as the park will most likely be extremely busy.

Directions

Castlewood is outside St. Louis near Ballwin, along Kiefer Creek Road. Take Hwy 141, Meramec Station Road,  until Big Bend exit. Turn west onto Big Bend. Big Bend turns into Oak Street. Turn left at Ries Road. Go over the hill and turn left at the Castlewood sign.

Trail Information

Trail Steward(s)

Tim Kern
Karen Holtmann
Ryan Overhoff
 

Rating

Beginner / Intermediate

Length

Around 17 miles

Type

Multiple Loops

Weather

Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From DotS on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 1:23pm - Castlewood State Park (St. Louis Area)
At 8am Wednesday: dampish areas and a few avoidable puddles on love and along creeks. but should dry up nicely in the heat. River flats gtg. Skipped RC but was a huge tree down Saturday.
From Dave6284 on Fri, 09/06/2019 - 5:18pm - Castlewood State Park (St. Louis Area)
The connector to Stinging nettel, Zombie etc...had a major landslide. Might be awhile before it's fixed. Luckily know one was on trail when it happened. It's a sight to behold.
From barone101 on Wed, 09/04/2019 - 3:15pm - Castlewood State Park (St. Louis Area)
I HAVENT RIDDEN CASTLEWOOD IN A WHILE , THE MASSIVE AMOUNT OF RAIN THIS SEASON HAS REALLY ERODED A LOT OF THE TRAILS THROUGHOUT , BUT STILL FUN !!!!
From barone101 on Wed, 09/04/2019 - 3:09pm - Castlewood State Park (St. Louis Area)
I HAVENT RIDDEN CASTLEWOOD IN A WHILE , THE MASSIVE AMOUNT OF RAIN THIS SEASON HAS REALLY ERODED A LOT OF THE TRAILS THROUGHOUT ,BREAK BUT STILL FUN !!!!
From KerryH on Thu, 08/15/2019 - 6:37pm - Castlewood State Park (St. Louis Area)
Surprisingly good. Grotpeter is hero dirt with a handful of soft spots. The lower trails are all passable - rode out to the narrows, but nothing west of there.
From grogan277 on Thu, 07/25/2019 - 11:57am - Castlewood State Park (St. Louis Area)
The usual wet spots at the top, otherwise, Grotpeter is g2g. JG