Creve Coeur Lake

Creve Coeur Lake Park - Trail Builders

This trail is located within the ‘upper’ section of Creve Coeur Park. The Bootlegger's Run trail is now more than 5.5 miles in length, with several interesting features including multiple ravine crossings, banked turns, and dips. The trail is similar to those at SIUE, with moderate elevation change, and tight and twisty areas through lots of new growth trees. It can be ridden as fast, or as slow as the rider's skills allow.


Take I-270 to the Dorsett Road exit, and head west on Dorsett Road. Turn Right into the Park on Streetcar Drive, and then continue down the road into the park. Look for a lighted softball field on the right, followed by tennis courts and then a large gravel parking lot - turn right into this lot. Look for an obvious opening in the woods along the tree-line near the back left-side of the tennis courts. Head into the woods and look for the trail on your left. If you get to a large, flat, “T” intersection, you’ve gone about 20 feet too far.

About the Park

Maryland Heights is home to Creve Coeur Park, one of the region's most popular parks, which is operated by St. Louis County. The park boasts a 320-acre lake as well as the picturesque "Dripping Springs" waterfall. A popular summer resort in the early 1900s, the lake is now known for its paved walking and cycling trail, playground equipment, picnic pavilions, boating opportunities, athletic fields and much, more.

The name of this 320 acre stocked fishing lake, County Park, and city (a suburb of St. Louis) are all named after a French phrase "Creve Coeur," which roughly translates to "burst heart" or "broken heart." The name was reportedly adopted for the way that the lake resembles half of a heart. Like all good legends, this one has a back-story to go with it. It is said that a young Native American princess fell in love with a local French fur trader, but that her love was unrequited. Her heart broken, she leapt from the cliffs overlooking the lake and the lake reformed into that of a broken heart. Dripping Springs, the falls that trickle down a ledge in the park resemble small drops, or the tears of the young maiden.

Trail Information

Trail Steward(s)

Dean Clore, Dave Krajcovic


Beginner / Intermediate


5.6 miles




Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From rideupgrades on Tue, 03/23/2021 - 10:48pm - Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Area)
Today's rain left the trails too muddy to ride without doing damage. Wait a couple days to see if its dried out.
From Pfredg on Sun, 03/21/2021 - 2:42pm - Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Area)
Good to go. Just watch out for hikers and disc golfers.
From rideupgrades on Sat, 03/20/2021 - 4:30pm - Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Area)
Bootlegger is dry but there is a small downed tree (4"dia) across the path at the north-west corner
From falasi4 on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 3:56pm - Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Area)
All hero dirt! One weep in the usual spot.
From rideupgrades on Mon, 03/01/2021 - 5:31pm - Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Area)
Trails dried out surprisingly fast since the weekend rain. Trails are tacky with the occasional damp patch, no puddles.
From tstarr on Sun, 02/28/2021 - 12:14pm - Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Area)
super wet from last night's rain. Overestimated trail's ability to shed water. Was rideable, but wouldn't advise from several slick spots.

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