A scenic hike along the Meramec River, with views above and alongside the banks.

This hike in Castlewood State Park gives you multiple vantage points on the Meramec River. Follow the red arrows as the trail heads out on the bluffs. You will then descend a staircase into the valley, leading to the river and a floodplain forest.

Photo Credit: Shelley Powers

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Sun protection
  • Water
  • Leash for your dog
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RT Distance 3.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 226 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic

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Beautiful Scenic Hike

Fairly easy 3 mile loop. Half is on the flood plane of the Meramec River and the other half is up and down the ridge line (couple hundred foot rocky hike up on one end, 200 wooden steps on the other). The view from on top of the ridge is amazing with plenty of scenic lookouts.


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