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:
Fisherman's Trail
The Fisherman's Trail in Bee Tree Park in South St. Louis County is a 0.8 mile trail made of flat gravel treadway. This is a great trail for hikers and bikers. 
As the name implies, Fisherman's Trail loops around the lake and provides access to the lake. Since most of the trail is out in the open and not shaded, make sure you take plenty of water if you tackle the trail during the hot St. Louis summer. 
A parking lot near the lake serves as the trailhead. Great blue herons are a frequent visitor during the summer months. These large birds stalk the shallows hunting for fish, frogs and anything else they can eat. Suitable for cross country skiing. 

Click here to take a virtual tour of the trail.

View Park Events

Park Postings:

(as of 10/11/17 10:35 a.m.)

Beginning 10/16, entry to the Scenic Circle at Jefferson Barracks Park will be closed due to construction on the Cannon Gates. Work will last approximately one week

 The restrooms at Lemay Park are closed for repair. Port-a-potties are in place. Shelter reservations are still available

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 is open to the shelter parking lot, but the trail is closed beyond the riverside 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.