Greensfelder

Greensfelder - Fossil Ridge

This is a very hilly park, and all of the trails are either going up or down for the entire length, some of it in the shadow of the Six Flags roller coasters! Because of this steep terrain, large parts of these trails, mainly the low-lying areas, are slow to dry. Waiting 2-3 days after a rain is a good rule of thumb, except in very dry or frozen conditions. The upper part of Dogwood going counter clockwise is almost always rideable, but the bottom will typically remain wet for a long period after rain since the whole area drains down through it. Please use your best judgment on deciding whether to ride them when they are wet.

Many changes have taken place since GORC has reworked parts of existing trails, and built several new ones. The Dogwood loop was almost completely rerouted from 2004-06, and the DeClue trail has added considerable mileage, now stretching to 8 miles, and the  Beulah Trail has also been rerouted. The Deer Run Trail is being worked on 2019-2021, and will be approximately 4.4 miles in length when completed including 1.8 miles of new singletrack.

Due to the number of trail features, and its rocky surface, DeClue (8 miles) is considered a fairly technical place to ride. Expect a tough workout, and some sections that may require hike-a-bike (for short runs). If you like choosing your lines, fast narrow descents, and rocks to test your skills, then you'll love this trail. Dogwood (2.6 miles) is fast and flowy, with a banked s-turn, and some rocky spots thrown in to keep you on your toes. Eagle Valley (3.4 miles) is chat-covered doubletrack with the exception of 0.3 miles of singletrack behind the Visitor Center, and a short section near the stables. The Green Rock now shares a large part of its length with the DeClue trail. Its total length has increased to 14.5 miles, of which 8 are in Greensfelder.

All of the trails in the park are open to hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Trail traffic often includes horses, so be careful and courteous when encountering equestrian traffic. Always dismount your bike and go off the downhill side of the trail. For the most part though, this park is not heavily used. Make sure and take the bug spray in the summer.

If you want to "taste" Greensfelder before diving in, ride the Dogwood trail first. Depending on how you choose to ride the loops, you can get in rides from 8 to more than 18 miles just on Dogwood/DeClue/Eagle Valley.

Directions

Take Interstate 44 to the Allenton/Six Flags Exit 261. Go north on Allenton Rd,  past the Six Flags entrance. Allenton Rd. bisects Greensfelder Park. Parking is in the gravel parking lot for the Roundhouse Memorial on the left just before Hencken road.

Services

There is a pit toilet at the trailhead, and at the 2 picnic shelters. Water is available at the 2 shelters and the learning center.

Trail Information

Trail Steward(s)

Rating

Intermediate / Advanced

Length

16+ miles

Type

Multiple Loops

Weather

Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From yellkayak on Sat, 11/28/2020 - 5:28pm - Greensfelder (St. Louis Area)
Trail looks great no mud, some spots slick because of leaves. Have fun.
From The Krackheads on Tue, 11/17/2020 - 12:31pm - Greensfelder (St. Louis Area)
Fossil Ridge, Parts of Declue and 95% of Beulah are leaf free. Couldn't be better conditions currently.
From efficiondave on Sun, 11/15/2020 - 8:27pm - Greensfelder (St. Louis Area)
Beulah was in great shape today despite the big rain yesterday.
From The Krackheads on Wed, 11/11/2020 - 5:19pm - Greensfelder (St. Louis Area)
Great conditions - Leaf blowing on Fossil Ridge and Buelah will be taking place on Thur Nov 12th. Be nice to the guy wearing the backpack blower and don't scare him :)
From KerryH on Sun, 08/30/2020 - 1:12pm - Greensfelder (St. Louis Area)
Dusty and fast. ~18 inch tree across the trail on the northern leg of Fossil Ridge. See corresponding forum post for location.
From yellkayak on Wed, 08/12/2020 - 12:48pm - Greensfelder (St. Louis Area)
Rode this morning, looks good no mud, as long as we don't get rain today.