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 swissman on Mon, 11/18/2019 - 5:16pm - Castlewood State Park (St. Louis Area)
Good2Go
From Brother Justus on Thu, 11/14/2019 - 3:22pm - Castlewood State Park (St. Louis Area)
Avoid until ice, snow, and mud clears.
From DotS on Sat, 11/09/2019 - 4:21pm - Castlewood State Park (St. Louis Area)
GTG for love, roller coaster, along the creek. very leafy on uppers
From Dave6284 on Sat, 11/02/2019 - 7:51pm - Castlewood State Park (St. Louis Area)
GTG mostly dry....
From Brother Justus on Wed, 10/02/2019 - 7:54pm - Castlewood State Park (St. Louis Area)
Alternates between hard rutted areas and lots of gravel top cover. Certainly rideable, but needed to put in a lot of extra caution.
From DotS on Wed, 09/25/2019 - 10:13am - Castlewood State Park (St. Louis Area)
as of 9 am this morning, Love & RC were great! some weed whacking done. thanks