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at Castlewood State Park

Castlewood Loop

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 2.75 Miles View map

Castlewood Loop can be accessed via Chubb Trail. The trail passes through old farmland that is now in various states of succession. The trail also skirts along the edge of Lincoln Beach, a popular swimming hole and gathering place from 1915 to 1940. The entire length of the trail is in the floodplain, so some sandy areas will be encountered near the river. The trail passes through field and forest and its seclusion from developed areas makes it an excellent place for bird watching and wildlife viewing.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2.75 Miles 2 hours Loop Black Via Chubb Trail, 1.5 miles west of the Lone Elk County Park trailhead and parking area

Chubb Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 6.5 Miles View map

Chubb Trail is a multi-use (equestrian, biking and hiking) trail that starts at Lone Elk County Park, goes through Castlewood State Park and ends up at West Tyson County Park on the south side of the Meramec River. The trail is rugged and hilly at each end, especially on the West Tyson side. Through the middle, the trail passes though flat, forested bottomland and a couple of restored prairie fields.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
6.5 Miles 5 hours, one way Linear Black 1) Lone Elk County Park: .70 mile northeast of North Highway Drive/Park Road just past World Bird Sanctuary; 2) West Tyson County Park: Off Interstate 44, Lewis Road Exit (266), .20 mile on North Outer Road near park entrance

Grotpeter Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 3.75 Miles View map

Varied routes and the challenging terrain with numerous elevation changes make this a popular trail with all users. In addition to the main trail, five white connector trails, totaling 2.6 miles, are available to enhance, shorten or lengthen the user’s experience.  From the trailhead, east of the park office, the trail crosses Kiefer Creek Road before climbing up and over a hillside. The trail then winds up another hill to the top of a long ridge. White connector trails 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 can be used to bypass steep sections of the trail.  After reaching the pinnacle, the perimeter trail follows the crest of the ridge before starting a long downhill back into the Kiefer Creek valley and back to the trailhead. 

There are several road crossings; always stop and check for oncoming traffic before continuing.  In case of emergency, look for "Emergency Response Signs" located at various points along this trail system.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3.75 Miles 2 hours, 50 minutes Loop Blue 1) One-fourth mile east of park office on Kiefer Creek Road; 2) Behind the park office