St. Louis, MO

Outside St. Louis: Queeny Park, Castlewood Park, Katy Trail

Queeny Park

About twelve miles west of the city in nearby Chesterfield and Ballwin is Edgar M. Queeny County Park, or Queeny Park. This former estate is now covered with 569 acres of off-road and paved trails, and hosts art fairs during the spring time. Popular among trail runners, the exterior loop covers four miles and is great for those staying a little further west of the city.

Queeny Park Trails

Castlewood State Park

Located even further west of St. Louis, Castlewood State park covers over 1800 acres, and serves as one of the top destinations for recreational wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts in the eastern Missouri area. Frequented by boaters, mountain bikers, and hikers, the popular retreat offers many opportunities for runners, especially those looking for trails and looking for something a little outside the city limits. There are numerous trails of moderate to rugged difficulty, from 1.5 to nearly 7 miles. See link for detailed trail information.

Castlewood Park Trails

Katy Trail (near airport)

The Katy Trail is a 237 mile (386 km) trail stretching across most of the state of Missouri.  (If you are staying near the Lambert International Airport, it’s 7 mile drive to the trail parking lots in Clinton, Warrensburg, or Sedalia. The crushed limestone trail is flat and scenic. Over half of it follows Lewis and Clark’s path up the Missouri River.

Katy Trail Information