Al Foster Trail

Sherman Beach Park, Missouri

Elevation Gain178ft
Trailhead Elevation430ft
Elevation Min/Max407/443ft
Elevation Start/End430/423ft

Al Foster Trail

Al Foster Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Wildwood, Missouri. It is within Sherman Beach Park and Castlewood State Park. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 430 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 178 feet. This trail connects with the following: Wc8 Rockaway Connector, Cedar Bluff Trail, Stinging Nettle Trail, Wc10 Gravel Plant Connector, Rock Hollow Greenway and Wc9 Old Nettle Loop Connector.

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Best Hikes St. Louis (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner
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"Managed as a cooperative partnership between the Department of Natural Resources, St. Louis County Parks and Recreation, and the City of Wildwood, the Al Foster Trail provides a fun, flat, and shaded path along the Meramec River. Families with young children will appreciate the wide, flat, crushed-stone trail. Towering limestone bluffs and lush bottomland forests make the Al Foster Trail a nice destination even during the hot and humid summer days that are so common in this part of Missouri. The future of this relatively new trail looks bright. Connections are planned to Route 66 State Park to the south, and beyond Castlewood State Park to the east. When completed, the Al Foster Trail will become an official segment of the Ozark Trail, which will extend from the confluence of the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers to the Arkansas/Missouri border."
Best Hikes Near St. Louis (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner
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"Popular with bikers, hikers, runners, and families, the Al F oster Trail provides many options for outdoor recreation. The well-maintained trail follows the Meramec River and offers good views and shade all year long."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis (Menasha Ridge Press)
Steve Henry
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"Enjoy lush bottomlands and riverside vistas as you explore the Meramec River Valley on the Al Foster and Stinging Nettle trails. Then give the kids a ride on the Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific miniature railroad at the western trailhead. Nestled against suburban St. Louis, Babler State Park is perfect for early-morning trail runs before your workday begins and ideal for evening get-away hikes to unwind from a stressful day."

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Trail Information

Sherman Beach Park
Nearby City
Sherman Beach Park
City of Wildwood, 16860 Main St., Wildwood, MO 63040; (636) 458-0440;
Local Contacts
USGS Manchester; maps available at trailhead.
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