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Castlewood State Park

1401 Kiefer Creek Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021-7338
+1 636-227-4433
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Great park for families!

My family spent an evening in the park, grilling our dinner, playing kickball, and walking the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Carolyn T
Re: Go!

Here’s a photo of a portion of the creek. On one side, the water is pooled w/no flow & green algae... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
L4L5
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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.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“meramec river” (50 reviews)
“mountain biking” (12 reviews)
“great trails” (8 reviews)
LOCATION
1401 Kiefer Creek Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021-7338
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+1 636-227-4433
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"mountain biking"
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"picnic pavilions"
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"nice picnic"
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"great place for hiking"
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"beautiful view of the river"
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"nice hike"
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"open fields"
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"up hill"
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"walking trails"
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"winter hike"
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"bike"
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"bluff"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My family spent an evening in the park, grilling our dinner, playing kickball, and walking the trail. We range in age from eight to 58, and everyone was pleased with our time together. There are many other things to do, but these were the ones...More

Thank Carolyn T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Here’s a photo of a portion of the creek. On one side, the water is pooled w/no flow & green algae on top. I did not allow my children to play w/in that part of the creek; however, the rest of the creek had clear...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

This is a beautiful park for all levels. Nice hiking trails and biking trails. Playgrounds for young children.

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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

There is a lovely area at the top of the bluffs. If it is cloudy you can actually sit above the clouds.

1  Thank Melissa Persons H
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Reviewed June 6, 2018

The park is nice. My average review is not due to the picnic areas or walking trails as those are exactly what you would want out of a park experience. I just always look for more elevation gains in my park experiences. I will say...More

1  Thank Ethan E
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Reviewed May 23, 2018

Today was my first visit to this park that i had heard so much about. I brought my dog with me and we had an enjoyable time. It is gorgeous with great overlooks and the hikes can give you some REALLY good exercise! I consider...More

2  Thank savemylife2day
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

Castlewood State Park is a great day use park along the Meramec River. There is a good number of picnic sites, a playground, and several good biking and hiking trails. We really enjoy the River Scene Trail which gives great views from the bluffs then...More

2  Thank DuneBug2
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

My family loves to bike here. There are easy portions of the trail and many portions that are challenging.

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

In the past, I would have rated at a 5. In the past 3-4 yrs, the park has become so overrun with people that it’s no longer my peaceful place. The trails are too congested to really move. It makes me sad. Castle wood was...More

2  Thank pammyrn62
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Reviewed February 17, 2018

The views are beautiful, I love to run, hike, walk my dog here, a great photo op. Watch out for snakes and parking can be difficult but I will always love hiking here.

1  Thank QueenK97
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Savanah S
May 16, 2018|
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Response from PBuhse | Reviewed this property |
I've seen many people play in the river but I do not let my children swim or wade in the Meramec. It is dangerous because of the undertow that will drag you under . Between 2004 and 2016, twelve people drowned.
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Cheryl C
May 5, 2018|
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Response from pammyrn62 | Reviewed this property |
I believe it’s the one on Left as you come into the park about 1/2 mike from the visitor center. Stop at the building at the entrance and there are maps of the park.
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Jana H
August 28, 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.
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