Castlewood State Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 327' 100 m
Descent: -327' -100 m
High: 676' 206 m
Low: 430' 131 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
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“Start on a rocky bluff trail with great vistas over the Meramec River then descend to the floodplain”— Kerry Nikolaisen
I could not tell exactly where the trail split from the River Scene Trail, which on it's west end, descends a series of wooden staircases and brings you down to the base of the flood plain. You cross under the railway bed and emerge in the wooded floodplain of the Meramec River.
Don't worry, you won't get lost. The problem is that the trail signs are blazed in orange (Lone Wolf) or red (River Scene), but they are faded and all look orange! While you'll have to contend with stairs in the western portion, the rest of the trail is mostly flat as it meanders alongside the river.
Overall, this is a lovely route that makes for a pleasant outing.
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