Castlewood State Park

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Coordinates: 38°33′4″N 90°32′28″W / 38.55111°N 90.54111°W / 38.55111; -90.54111
Castlewood State Park
Missouri State Park
View from bluff of river, meadow, and forest in Castlewood State Park
Country United States
State Missouri
County St. Louis County
Coordinates 38°33′4″N 90°32′28″W / 38.55111°N 90.54111°W / 38.55111; -90.54111
Area 2.84 sq mi (7 km2)
Founded 1974

The Castlewood State park is located in St. Louis County, Missouri. The 1,818-acre (7.36 km2) park was established in 1974. The most visited section of the park lies on the north side of the Meramec River, but it includes significant acreage on the south side of the river that is accessed from Lone Elk County Park. Its recreational offerings include fishing, hiking, and mountain biking trails. The south section of the park includes the World Bird Sanctuary.

The park currently has seven trails:

Trail Length Uses Notes
Cedar Bluff Loop 2 miles (3.2 km) Hiking and biking Accessed from Stinging Nettle Loop
Chubb Trail Castlewood Loop 3 miles (4.8 km) Hiking, biking, equestrian Accessed from the Lone Elk County Park trail head on south side of river. Chubb Trail is a 7-mile (11 km) linear trail between Lone Elk and West Tyson county parks that crosses a portion of Castlewood State Park.
Grotpeter Trail 3 miles (4.8 km) Hiking, biking, equestrian
Lone Wolf Trail 1.5 miles (2.4 km) Biking, hiking
River Scene Trail 3 miles (4.8 km) Hiking, biking Only hiking allowed on the section atop the bluffs; hiking and biking on the bottomland section
Stinging Nettle Loop 3 miles (4.8 km) Hiking, biking Trailhead in Sherman Beach County Park
Al Foster Trail Hiking, biking A cooperative partnership with the Dept. of Natural Resources, when complete it will become a segment of the Ozark Trail. Located in the Rock Hollow (western) unit of the park, it will connect to trails in Sherman Beach County Park.
View of the Meramec River valley from Castlwood's bluffs

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