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Castlewood State Park

Posted on: July 28, 2010

Popular with lovers and mountain bikers alike, Castlewood State Park, west of St. Louis, has something for everyone. Depending on who I’m with, I like to hike up the trail to the bluffs overlooking the Meramec River and watch the sun set, explore trails that meander through forests and out into meadows, or cool off in the crystal-clear creek*. Many others choose to bike the rugged trails, swim in the river, or fish. The choice really is yours.

Before you head to Castlewood, here are some things to consider:

  • There is no entrance fee for Missouri State Parks (hurrah!)
  • Be sure to take bug spray during warm weather months, and to check for ticks before you head home.
  • Parts of the park are carry in/carry out, meaning you’ll need to carry your trash out of the park with you
  • To get to the bluffs, perfect for watching the sunset, take the main park road until you go over the creek, then park in the lot on your right. There is a trail up the (steep!) hill accessible from this lot. Once you get up the hill, take a sharp left where you’ll find some scattered benches and several ledges. “Claim” your preferred spot, and be careful. It’s a long way down the cliff!
  • The trails in the park are generally rugged. Hiking there can be a workout, especially when I’m pregnant or carrying a child on my back!
  • To access the Meramec River, follow the main park road until it ends.
  • There is a small playground by the large shelter. There are also lots of grassy areas to run and play.

*While I have explored and played in the creek at Castlewood many a time on a hot day, including a trip there this summer with my two little ones, I must make sure you are aware of this article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch which warns people about high e-coli levels in the creek. Now that I know this, I might choose to keep myself and my kids out of the creek…we’ll see. You need to make the educated choice that is best for your family. Though I do have to say that the creek is oh, so much fun for little ones – throwing rocks, building dams, and splashing like crazy! =P

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