Castlewood Loop is a hiking trail in St. Louis County, Missouri. It is within Castlewood State Park. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 433 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 109 feet.
Castlewood Loop Professional Reviews and Guides
"This loop trail offers visitors a steep climb to scenic limestone bluffs and a flat finish through the floodplain along the Meramec River in Castlewood State Park."
--JD Tanner and Emily Ressler , Best Easy Day Hikes: St. Louis (Falcon Guides).
"Castlewood State Park features 13 miles of trails divided into four loops of 2 to 3 miles each. There's something for everyone here. The River Scene and Grotpeter Trails begin near the picnic area nearest the park entrance. The Stinging Nettle Trail begins near the westernmost portion of the River Scene Trail. This trail is located on the western edge of the St. Louis metropolitan area, just south of Ballwin."
--Steve Henry, Mountain Bike! Ozarks (Menasha Ridge Press).
"While exploring Castlewood State Park’s trails, you’ll hike through lush, flower-decorated bottomlands, admire panoramic views from bluffs towering above the Meramec River, and wander past the ruins of abandoned resorts that once graced this riverside landscape."
--Steve Henry, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis (Menasha Ridge Press).
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