Castlewood State Park - Trail, Chesterfield, Missouri

Castlewood State Park - Trail, Chesterfield, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

There are currently four trails that are in the park. The low water trail is mostly flat, about 8 miles, and the others have a couple of good climbs. The terrain is dirt to loose gravel rock.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 31, 2011]
Christian
Racer

Castlewood and Matson Hill are the best all around trails in the STL area. Castlewood on the east side of the Mo river and Matson on the west. Castlewood offers a couple of hills that will definitely get your heart rate going and a couple of descents that will keep you on your toes. The flat sections are fun if that is what you are looking for but a more experienced mountain biker will prefer the rockier stuff at the tops of the ridges. Great maps of the trails are at gorc.org.

Customer Service

My favorite route is to begin on the flat areas by the parking lot, head out of the park to the cardiac hill, cross Reis Rd and do the Rollercoaster before descending at dangerous speeds to the lot again. From there you can do Lone Wolf for another heart rate jump, back to your car. All of this can be done in less than an hour if you are in descent shape.

Similar Products Used:

Easier - Lost Valley, Al Foster, Creve Couer Park
Harder - Chubb, Matson Hill, Klondike

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 14, 2010]
climbtraditional
Weekend Warrior

Castlewood has a long way in the 6 years that I've been riding their trails. The Blue Ribbon trail was finally repaired last year. This is my favorite trail in the park. The new repairs add some Chubb flair to the counter clockwise decent. The climbs at the park are all doable, and not as technical as the Chubb, but will get your heart rate up just as fast if you push yourself. The newer rollercoaster single track is wonderful if you want some easier riding, not very technical, but still fun. Stinging nettle will add some flat, fun riding to your day. Grotpeder (sp?) is still some good, fast riding with some new easier single track added around the top of this trail. If you want to do all of the primary trails in the park, so you easily do it in under 2 hours, if you are fairly fit. My suggestion is for you to first ride stinging nettle, hitting the Blue Ribbon (aka Cedar Bluff) along the way, then hit Lone Wolf, then do the Grotpeder clockwise, and to finish off, hit the rollercoaster climb and decent. You will get amazing singletrack, some technical stuff, plenty of climbing and some flat riding. Go early to avoid crowds.

Customer Service

Cedar Bluff is the best 2 miles of trail in the park. Rollercoaster is a good beginner trail with moderate to easy climbing. Stinging Nettle is fast as is Grotpeder, but Grotpeder has some harder climbing.

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The Chubb is my favorite trail in MO. HARD climbing and technical stuff for 1/2 the ride. Easy flats for the other half.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 02, 2007]
Derti
Weekend Warrior

I rode three trails my favorite was the lone wolf trail. to get to the dun part you have to climb a steep gravel hill. once at the top you have a senic veiw, and a kodak moment take a picture. after that moment its just a downhill jam, very fun, and dont fall to the sides you roll for a while, and lose your bike to the train tracks below.
The next trail is the river senic trail not really any climps but there is a roller coaster part, very fun. then you'll get to what i consider to be a playground. its a series of holes in the ground you can go into and ramps your jumps off of and get some decent air, after that finsh the loop and go to the Grotpeter trail. at first its a semi-technical climb. hard for the first time. there is a series of switchbacks. once to the top there is an open field with a path in it it goesn on for a half a mile then its downhill real fun. im in no way a expieranced mountain biker but the trails were technical and fun definatly a must do tho.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 14, 2007]
stylo_joe
Cross Country Rider

The trail that runs along the river has been shut down due to erosion. Access to Stinging Nettle trail and Blue Ribbon is only available through the Al Foster Trail at the Sherman Beach Park lot.

The trail network inside the park is better than ever with the newly added Rollercoaster trail.

Customer Service

Easiest way to get to rollercoaster is to ride straight up from the ranger station (stay right at first fork) and at the next intersection stay straight. This trail will dump you back on the Grotepeter trail.

Similar Products Used:

Cliff Cave, Greensfelder, Chubb Trail, SIUE, Silver Lake

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 19, 2007]
queenbee
Weekend Warrior

This trail has a little bit of everything. Easy to find your way around. Lots of fast flats. On nice days it can be very busy with hikers and bikers.

Similar Products Used:

Berryman

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 10, 2007]
Bill
Cross Country Rider

Lots of good riding here, but stay away from all the river scenic stuff. Do not go down the road, under the train bridge to the trails down there. If your going to bother with that stuff, stay home and ride on your sidewalks. Those trails offer nothing technical. They are a little hilly, but for the most part really lame. Those trails are reserved for the beginning mt. biker.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 19, 2006]
jeriCurl
Cross Country Rider

Large collection of single-trak trails, nothing super technical. Most of the trails are fast and flowy. For more information and a detailed map go to:

http://www.gorctrails.com/trails/mcastlewood.asp

Similar Products Used:

Technical riding: Chubb, Greensfelder, Klondike
Fast fun riding: Lost Valley, Matson, Quail Ridge
Epic riding: Berryman, Council Bluff

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 16, 2005]
jayspike
Weekend Warrior

Blue Ribbon - This trail rocks from the beginning to the end in both directions.

Customer Service

Take the river trail all the way to the train tacks and go thru the tunnel to Blue Ribbon FUN!

Similar Products Used:

Chubb, Berryman

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 18, 2005]
pontiac92gpblue
Weekend Warrior

Awesome place to ride, i think it is a bit longer than 15 miles for all of the trails. Many small jumps, technical sections, flat dirt sections, family riding, small paved section, lots of side trails, up/down sections, halfpipe type thingy, mostly singletrack trails, Go down by the river for easier riding or by the small creek at the beginnning of the park or ride some of the stuff at the beginning also for a more technical ride in the hills.

Customer Service

Do all of the trails, Grotpeter trail is best clockwise, at the beginning of the Grotpeter trail after crossing the road, you can either take anerobic hill (very tough and no switchbacks) or you can go right for a switchback style climb.

Similar Products Used:

Chubb Trail, Klondike, Queeny Park, Greensfelder, Berryman Trail, Lost Valley, Weldon Springs, St. Joe State Park, Ozark Trail (many different sections) Road biking, Creve Coure Lake, Forset Park, Katy Trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 18, 2004]
djszp5
Cross Country Rider

These trails are great. You can find whatever you need no matter what kind of rider you are. There's great climbs, as well as miles of flat track to cruise on. They also recently added a cut-through trail from where the Grotpeter trail hits Reis Rd down to the ranger station. I rode it today, it still needs a little wear and tear, but it will be a good trail by next year.

Customer Service

Stinging Nettle is a great flat, and I usually ride Grotpeter either way for a good climb.

Similar Products Used:

Klondike, Chubb, Rock Bridge Park in Columbia,MO

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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