St. Louis County Park Trails


Looking for a new way to experience your neighborhood park? With over 144 miles of trails, St. Louis County Parks has so much to offer you, your family and even your furry friends! We offer trails ranging from rugged dirt paths through the woods, to smooth paved paths that circle our fabulous park grounds! Whether you are a thrill-seeker, an adventurer, or simply going for an afternoon stroll, there’s a trail for that. Which trail will you discover?

Interested in hiking or biking? Hop on over to our 30/30 HIKES or 10/10 BIKES pages to learn more about both of these awesome programs!

Current Trail Projects:

McKelvey Trail in Creve Coeur Park
Construction has started on the expansion of the McKelvey Trail! This project, funded by Great Rivers Greenway in partnership with St. Louis County and the City of Maryland Heights, will provide 1.9 miles of new trail to connect Creve Coeur Park to the McKelvey Woods Trail at Fee Fee Creek. The first phase of the McKelvey Woods trail, completed in 2013, started at the Maryland Heights Aqua-port site and ended near Fee Fee Creek.

Work started on February 27. Construction is anticipated to be completed in 2018 for opening to the public. 
The Construction is being managed by the City of Maryland Heights in partnership with St. Louis County.

River Trail in Cliff Cave Park
Construction has started on this project funded by Great Rivers Greenway. An additional 1.9 miles of new trail will be added to connect upper and lower Cliff Cave Park with a bridge; providing a new upper area parking lot, restroom and turn around at Park gates on Cliff Cave Road. Work is scheduled to be completed in 2018

River Des Peres Greenway in Lemay Park
Construction has started on this project funded by Great Rivers Greenway. This will be a trail from the River Des Peres Trail, through Lemay Park to the Mississippi River Trail on the Pinnacle site. Work is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Grant's Trail Expansion - Gravois Creek Greenway 
This project is funded by Great Rivers Greenway and will extend Grant's Trail to the River Des Peres Greenway. Construction timeline still being determined.

Visit our Trail Crew page to learn more about how volunteers are helping us to expand and maintain our trail system!

Trail Spotlight: 
Paw Paw Trail

The Paw Paw Trail at Bee Tree Park is a half-mile natural treadway trail. This trail is steep but is good for hikers and bikers. Large trees shade the trail throughout the growing season and the deep ravines provide micro-habitats for trees and plants alike. Christmas ferns crowd the hillsides. Spring is the perfect time to hike this trail to see the beautiful display of spring wildflowers. 

In the lower reaches of the trail Paw Paw, as you would expect, is an abundant shrub. This native Missouri shrub is one of the first to bloom ushering in spring. The reddish brown three-petal flowers usually appear in the early days of April. These flowers develop into the "Ozark Banana" that ripens in late August. This custard flavored fruit is sought after by skunks, raccoons, opossums, grey fox and many different species of birds. Humans too can consume the fruit if you are fortunate enough to beat the critters to the prize.  The Paw Paw Trail connects the Chubb Overlook area with the lake and Fisherman's Trail. The trail can be accessed either from the lakeside parking lot or the Lower Shelter parking lot. The trail can be a little steep and slick after a rain.

Click here for a virtual tour of the Paw Paw Trail.


View Park Events

Park Postings:

(as of 12/8/17 1:25 p.m.)

*Riverside trail at Simpson is open, however there is a 50 ft. section at the eastern most end that had to be re-routed and the footing is sand and dirt. Also, users should be cautious of sand smears across trail after rain events.

* Unger Park roads are open to Riverside trail parking lot, Riverside trail remains closed beyond this parking lot

* Sherman Beach and Al Foster trails are passable but have areas with sand and debris on them

* The Bottomland Trail along Grant's Trail was severely damaged during periods of heavy rain. For safety reasons, this short trail has been closed. Plans are being developed to relocate the trail away from Gravois Creek.

* The east side of Cliff Cave Road including the field, River Bluff trail and Spring Valley trail are closed at Cliff Cave Park for Construction.