St. Louis, MO

West of St. Louis: Queeny Park, Castlewood Park, Katy Trail, Monarch Chesterfield 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 25 miles 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 a 7 mile drive to the trail parking lots in Clinton, Warrensburg, or Sedalia. The crushed limestone trail is flat and scenic. Over half of the trail follows Lewis and Clark’s path up the Missouri River.

Katy Trail Information

The Monarch Chesterfield Trail

A great option in the suburb of Chesterfield, west of St. Louis. The Monarch Chesterfield Trail is a part of the Missouri Greenway that follows the Bonhomme Creek. It’s built on top of the Monarch Chesterfield Levee, which protects 4,000 acres of land from the waters of the Missouri River. It’s 11 miles of paved suburban scenery that can connect to Katy Trail State Park and the Katy Trail. TRAIL INFO

 

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