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Castlewood State Park

1401 Kiefer Creek Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021-7338
+1 636-227-4433
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Scenic trail is fabulous

Our family visited last week to hike the scenic trail on the bluffs overlooking the Meramec River... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
St Louis
via mobile
Great Park for hiking and biking

Always a great visit. Change your trails and watch the different animals. Last time out at dusk... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Chris M
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In the early 1900s, the area that’s now Castlewood State Park was a popular retreat for partying St. Louisans. The dance clubs are gone, but the winding Meramec River and the lush valley that surrounds it remain. The park has hiking and mountain biking trails that range from those great for first-time riders to ones that even the most experienced will return to time after time. The park is considered one of the best mountain biking locations in the St. Louis area. Good fishing, broad meadows filled with wildlife, and plenty of recreational facilities make the park a favorite for people who want an adventure or just to get away.
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1401 Kiefer Creek Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021-7338
+1 636-227-4433
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our family visited last week to hike the scenic trail on the bluffs overlooking the Meramec River valley. The three mile trail begins with a steep climb on a rocky trail. Once the climb is finished, there are many lookout locations including decks, benches and...More

Thank Schell20
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always a great visit. Change your trails and watch the different animals. Last time out at dusk the deer were very active

1  Thank Chris M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful park to walk around the river, along the cliff or play in the meadow, or along the creek, especially in the fall.

Thank cmegypsy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park is 'home' to me, as I live about 2 miles from it's entrance and it's the place I go to escape the chaos of life sometimes. I love this park, with it's various trails of differing difficulties (for mountain bikes as well), the...More

1  Thank Terri N
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We took the 3.0 Red Trail today. Saw old ruins, scenic bluffs overlooking the MERAMEC River, and beautiful forest. Nice walk for exercise. Starts hard but gets easier after about 1 1/4 miles. Playground, slow running creek and of course the MERAMEC River (dangerous). Restrooms...More

Thank HiggySt_Louis
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Castlewood is a beautiful place to spend time just walking. The trails range from easy to strenuous. Views range from forest to river to cliffs. I take my dog on walks fairly often, and always have an excellent time. There are also sites for groups...More

Thank Bill B
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Another of my wifes' forced marches! :-| Up hill for the first 1/3 of the 90 minute hike, but worth the moderate amount of work! Good exercise, and a great view from the ridge along the bluffs. Overlooks the railroad tracks - with trains still...More

Thank ginolmeranda
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Castlewood is one of my favorite places to ride my mountain bike. They have several trails ranging from very easy to very hard. The scenery is awesome. If you go in spring some of the flowers are blooming and smell great. They have nice gathering...More

Thank Grant H
Reviewed 20 March 2017

First time out here and we didn't know what to expect. There are 4-5 hiking trails marked very well with color swatches pinned to the trees. We only did the one trail, but the other trails seemed similar as to eventually you ended up near...More

Thank rduinc
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Spent about two hours hiking up to the top of a hill, beautiful view overlooking the river. Definitely going back for fall foliage view.

Thank 2ndlife2015
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Jana H
When is the "Flood" season that people are speaking about? We want to come in October. thanks!
29 August 2016|
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Response from Ernie B | Reviewed this property |
The floods mostly come in Spring. Mostly. October should be relatively safe. I don't recall the park flooding at any time during Autumn, at least not during recent history.
Deronius M
"Bullied" by a park ranger? This is laughable.
9 April 2015|
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Response from tdelbruegge | Reviewed this property |
i've never seen park rangers bully anyone there.