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 current focus is in the northwest corner of the park on the Beulah Trail.

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 Eazy_E on Sun, 03/29/2020 - 5:54am - Greensfelder (St. Louis Area)
Fossil Ridge and Beulah are in good shape, almost actually dry for most of the trail, except for the couple of places that are almost always muddy.
From The Krackheads on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 11:28am - Greensfelder (St. Louis Area)
Loop Road is closed-No Overlook Parking----Declue needs to be avoided--Fossil Ridge and Buelah ok with about a dozen 50' sections of swampy mud that needs to be walked please.
From Eazy_E on Tue, 03/24/2020 - 1:32pm - Greensfelder (St. Louis Area)
80% of Fossil Ridge and Beulah was yellow, but the 20% that was red was really red. It started raining at 1130. I'd give it at least a couple of days.
From yellkayak on Fri, 03/20/2020 - 6:32pm - Greensfelder (St. Louis Area)
Hiked there today checked out Declue and Buelah both really muddy will need a couple of dry days before being rideable.
From The Krackheads on Tue, 03/17/2020 - 4:34pm - Greensfelder (St. Louis Area)
Lots of RED areas on Fossil Ridge and Buelah, otherwise Yellow most of the trail.
From The Krackheads on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 5:39pm - Greensfelder (St. Louis Area)
Buelah, Fossil Ridge were very rideable--parts of Declue that have not been leaf blown are a mushy mess and sloppy. Looks like no riding for a while unfortunately due to the weather.