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!
The Bootleggers Run Trail - Creve Coeur Park
The Bootleggers Run trail is a 2.5 mile, slightly hilly, natural treadway trail that is great for mountain bikers and hikers. This is a single track trail that is completely within the upper portion of Creve Coeur Park off of Dorsett Road.
The trailhead is located at the gravel parking lot just past the tennis courts in the upper portion of the park. There are no water or restroom facilities immediately at the trailhead but facilities do exist nearby.
Shortly after starting the trail just within the woodline the trail splits and you can go to the right or to the left. Going to the left will ultimately take you back to the trailhead parking lot. Going to the right takes you to a dead end loop and then you have to walk the same trail back.
On this trail you will experience a mature natural woodland with many tree species that include: white oak, red oak, black walnut, basswood, and sycamore.
There are stretches of the trail where the understory is dominated by a dense covering of spicebush. This native shrub was used as a source of tea by Native Americans and the early settlers.
Bootlegger is a term believed to have first been used during the Civil War when soldiers would sneak alcohol back into camp by hiding the container in their boot leg. The term and occupation reached its height during the prohibition days from 1920 thru 1933 when the sale of alcohol was prohibited. Bootleggers would run alcohol from the distillers to the speak easy trying to evade law enforcement.