Creve Coeur Lake

Creve Coeur Lake

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


Beginner / Intermediate


5.6 miles




Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From BrianS on Sat, 03/23/2019 - 12:09am - Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Area)
There’s an uprooted tree with a small ride around on the trail around the area by the picnic table and parking at the bottom of the first loop to the left after the powerhouse. Trail is totally dry.
From Dogface on Mon, 03/18/2019 - 7:28pm - Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Area)
Dry as a bone. Some branches in the way on the back lollipop if I remember right.
From Dave6284 on Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:50pm - Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Area)
Besides tree down by maintenance road, and many twigs & branches on trai... because of recent high winds. Trail is dry and ready to go!
From Josiah on Thu, 03/14/2019 - 5:48pm - Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Area)
Most of the trail was in excellent shape. Fairly sizeable wet patch on the lower portion of the switchbacks on the apartment side of the park. A small tree is blocking the trail a short distance after the maintenance road when riding clockwise
From WeekendRider on Tue, 03/05/2019 - 12:05pm - Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Area)
Trails still covered in frozen ice snow with few wet spot that is hitting by the sun but overall the trail path is in green mode. Come out and play
From rockbreaker on Fri, 02/01/2019 - 4:25pm - Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Area)
With the Freeze Thaw happening please stay off the trails and ask you hiking and running friends to do the same.