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Castlewood State Park Loop

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Trail

2.3 mile 3.7 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 327' 100 m
Descent: -327' -100 m
High: 676' 206 m
Low: 430' 131 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)

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Trail shared by Kerry Nikolaisen

Start on a rocky bluff trail with great vistas over the Meramec River then descend to the floodplain

Kerry Nikolaisen

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly This route is short, and kids will love exploring near the river, but be careful of the bluff.

Wooded staircase on the west end of the trail may restrict access for those with mobility limitations.

Overview

This moderate, rolling route is perfect for those looking for a quick way to get outside. The views of the river are lovely, and the forest on both trails is dense, making this a nice, shaded choice in the summer. You'll be near the water's edge, so be sure to bring bug repellent!

Description

This is a combination of the Lone Wolf Trail immediately accessible from the trailhead connecting to the River Scene Trail. The Lone Wolf Trail is shorter, and and at some point turns back north toward the park entrance. It is blazed in orange but has several splits to accommodate mountain bikes.

I could not tell exactly where the trail split from the River Scene Trail, which on it's west end, descends a series of wooden staircases and brings you down to the base of the flood plain. You cross under the railway bed and emerge in the wooded floodplain of the Meramec River.

Don't worry, you won't get lost. The problem is that the trail signs are blazed in orange (Lone Wolf) or red (River Scene), but they are faded and all look orange! While you'll have to contend with stairs in the western portion, the rest of the trail is mostly flat as it meanders alongside the river.

Overall, this is a lovely route that makes for a pleasant outing.

Flora & Fauna

Bluff hardwoods (oak, hickory) and cottonwoods and elms in the floodplain.

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Apr 27, 2019
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Sep 27, 2018
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Feb 19, 2018
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  3.8 from 12 votes

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Photos

Another great bluff view
Aug 22, 2016 near Valley…, MO
One of the first views one the trail, overlooking the Meramec River.
Aug 9, 2017 near Valley…, MO
Bluff vier overlooking the Meramec River
Aug 22, 2016 near Valley…, MO
A five-lined skink hanging out along the trail.
Aug 9, 2017 near Valley…, MO
A panoramic view from the River Scene Trail
Aug 22, 2016 near Valley…, MO
Typical view of trail conditions on the bluff
Aug 22, 2016 near Valley…, MO

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