Just a 40-minute drive from downtown St. Louis, Castlewood State Park contains some of the region’s best hiking trails and most dazzling views. Folks flock to this 1,818-acre oasis of lush forest and meandering river for its excellent hiking, fishing, birdwatching, mountain biking, and equestrian use.
Outdoor enthusiasts, extreme hiker dudes, and the casual day tripper all come to Castlewood to get their nature on. Castlewood remains one of the most popular recreational destinations in the area, so expect crowds on pleasant days.
The River Scene Trail. This 3.25-mile loop is the park’s most popular trail and offers awe-inspiring views of the Meramec River from atop tall limestone bluffs.
Castlewood is your best bet for some quality time with Mother Earth within an hour of downtown. Boasting some of St. Louis’s best foliage in the fall, the park offers eight hiking trails ranging in difficulty from easy to rugged. There’s plenty to keep all ages and fitness levels happy, as well as a playground for the little ones.
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