Castlewood State Park

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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
Elevation 417 ft (127 m) [1]
Coordinates 38°32′50″N 90°32′38″W / 38.54722°N 90.54389°W / 38.54722; -90.54389Coordinates: 38°32′50″N 90°32′38″W / 38.54722°N 90.54389°W / 38.54722; -90.54389 [1]
Area 1,818.3 acres (736 ha) [2]
Established 1974
Management Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Location in Missouri
Website: Castlewood State Park

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. The south section of the park includes the World Bird Sanctuary.[3]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park offers fishing and boating on the Meramec River plus a variety of trails hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use:

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 trailhead 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 that when complete 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


  1. ^ a b "Castlewood State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "State parks...estimated acres" (PDF). Revised Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan: 2008-2012. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. pp. 142–143. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Castlewood State Park". Missouri State Parks. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 

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