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Castlewood State Park

Average Rating:    (4.55 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 53

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.
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Latitude
38.5519244287669
Longitude
-90.54244995117187
Trail Directions
Head south from 70 on 270 to Big Bend and go right. Follow that to Ries road and turn left. This takes you to Kiefer Creek road and you turn left into the park entrance.
Trail Length
15 miles for all four trails
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Chesterfield
   


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Review Date
July 31, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Christian ,  Racer

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Easier - Lost Valley, Al Foster, Creve Couer Park
Harder - Chubb, Matson Hill, Klondike



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Review Date
November 14, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: climbtraditional ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

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



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Review Date
July 14, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: stylo_joe ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cliff Cave, Greensfelder, Chubb Trail, SIUE, Silver Lake



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Review Date
June 19, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: jeriCurl ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Technical riding: Chubb, Greensfelder, Klondike
Fast fun riding: Lost Valley, Matson, Quail Ridge
Epic riding: Berryman, Council Bluff



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Review Date
May 16, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jayspike ,  Weekend Warrior

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

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chubb, Berryman



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