River Scene Trail

Castlewood State Park, Missouri

Elevation Gain955ft
Trailhead Elevation414ft
Elevation Min/Max411/643ft
Elevation Start/End414/414ft

River Scene Trail

River Scene Trail is a hiking trail in St. Louis County, Missouri. It is within Castlewood State Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 414 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 955 feet. Along the trail there is grass. This trail connects with the following: Lone Wolf Trail and Grotpeter Trail.

River Scene Trail 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 Mer amec River in Castlewood State Park. Hikers can also take advantage of the numerous picnic areas or take a dip in the Meramec on a hot summer day."

"Known as St. Louis’s Peaceful Escape, Castlewood State Park is a popular destination for many outdoor enthusiasts in the area. Hikers, equestrians, and bikers share many of the trails in the park. Anglers and paddlers also use the park as an access point for the Meramec River. The River Scene Trail showcases some of the finest sights in the park.

Limestone bluffs, known as the “castles,” offer good views of the Meramec River and the Crescent Hills on the other side of the river. The trail gives visitors a taste of the upland forests, consisting of mostly white oak and shagbark hickory trees, as well as a glimpse of bottomland forest, which includes silver maples, box elders, and sycamore trees."

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Trail Information

Castlewood State Park
Nearby City
Castlewood State Park
Skill Level
Castlewood State Park, 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd., Ballwin, MO 63021; (800) 334-6946; https://mostateparks.com/trails/castlewood-state-park
Local Contacts
USGS Manchester; park map available at visitor center.
Local Maps