Indian Camp Creek

Indian Camp Creek

A multi-use park that is open to mountain bikers, equestrians, and hikers, so please observe proper trail etiquette while enjoying the trails.

The first several miles of trail along the Big River are tight, twisty, and heavily wooded. Keep your eyes open, as it is in this area is where you are most likely to see, especially in the fall, the abundant wild turkey and deer. After crossing the road, you begin heading up and down the numerous ridges and ravines running through the park. The trails are combination of open-field crossings and wooded singletrack, consisting mainly of dirt, with a bit of rock mixed in. Depending on your location, it is possible to see numerous rock outcroppings, small ponds and historical relics, such as flint chippings from Indians, farm homesteads, and a family cemetery. More trails are being developed on a continuing basis, so follow the carsonite signage marking the trail.

Trailhead parking is at the first parking lot past the bridge. The entrance to the trail is in the field to the left of the restrooms, marked with white carsonite signage. A large Park map showing the trails is located at the kiosk near the equestrian parking lot (first gravel road to the right).

St. Charles County Parks operates a Trail Conditions Hotline detailing the current state of the trails in all of their parks. Please call 636-949-7475, opt # 4 to check trail conditions.

Directions

From Interstate 70, go north on Highway 40/61 for approximately seven miles to Dietrich Road (first left after passing W). Turn west on Dietrich Road for ¾ mile to the park entrance (on right).

Services

Composting toilets, water fountains (at the main red-roofed pavilion), playgrounds, primitive camping (site still being developed), pavilions w/grills.

Park History

Situated at the confluence of Big Creek and Indian Camp Creek in northwestern St. Charles County, Indian Camp Creek Park is the largest in the St. Charles County Parks Department’s system. At more than 600 acres, Indian Camp Creek Park furthers the department’s goal of preserving green space by featuring dedicated prairie land, vast wooded hills, limited infrastructure, and protected habitat for the deer, turkey, quail, and other wildlife. It also presents a look at the history of the region. Evidence shows that several American Indian communities settled the site in the Mississippian Period (A.D. 1000 to 1400). The Parks Department also plans to incorporate the homestead and family cemetery that dates to the early 1800s in the historical review.

Among the unique features are the nature-themed playground at the center of the park and several miles of multi-use, natural trail (presenting the county’s first parkland open to equestrian day-use). Future development will add group camping facilities with a central amphitheater designed to host jamborees, a restored silo tower that overlooks the park and the surrounding countryside, an interpretive site to honor the region’s history, and the Toth Nature Preserve. In addition to these distinctive features, the park also offers picnic shelters, a six-acre fishing pond, and other improvements designed to enhance the natural surrounding.

Maps 

Trail Information

Indian Camp Creek (Off Site)
Forum Discussion
Rainout Online Status
Trail Hotline: 636-707-0011

Trail Steward(s)

Diana Gores, Janine Belk, Chris Dial

Rating

Beginner / Intermediate

Length

8.5 miles

Type

Loop, Out-N-Back

Weather

Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From taylor2216 on Fri, 06/26/2020 - 1:56pm - Indian Camp Creek (St. Charles Area)
GTG. Very few wet spots that are easy to ride around.
From MTBKona22 on Sun, 06/21/2020 - 11:31pm - Indian Camp Creek (St. Charles Area)
Trail was good to go at 2:00 PM on Sunday afternoon. The lowest spots on NW corner of Cannon Trail were still muddy and holding water.
From J-tracker on Sun, 06/14/2020 - 11:42am - Indian Camp Creek (St. Charles Area)
Beautiful morning. Don't for get your bug spray - it's trim time!
From MTBKona22 on Sat, 05/02/2020 - 3:00pm - Indian Camp Creek (St. Charles Area)
Lots of very short mud puddles in the low sections, but 95% of the trail was in great shape. The Northeast section of trails by Big Creek were pretty crowded with warm weather. Crowds weren't bad on everything else.
From Ghost_Rider on Fri, 05/01/2020 - 12:57pm - Indian Camp Creek (St. Charles Area)
Rainout line shows open, but very mushy for large sections. Recommend to stay off until Saturday.
From Itsjustafleshwound on Tue, 04/07/2020 - 8:29am - Indian Camp Creek (St. Charles Area)
In great shape. I forgot how much fun this trail is!! Definitely not as challenging as some of the others, but still fun. Took someone there for their first time on the trails. It went really well. We may have a future enthusiast in our hands!