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“Great Missouri Outdoors / Parks”

Castlewood State Park
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Ballwin
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: In the early 1900s, the area that’s now Castlewood State Park was a popular retreat for partying St. Louisans. The dance clubs are gone, but the winding Meramec River and the lush valley that surrounds it remain. The park has hiking and mountain biking trails that range from those great for first-time riders to ones that even the most experienced will return to time after time. The park is considered one of the best mountain biking locations in the St. Louis area. Good fishing, broad meadows filled with wildlife, and plenty of recreational facilities make the park a favorite for people who want an adventure or just to get away.
Ellisville, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Missouri Outdoors / Parks”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Nestled in suburbia, this park surrounds the Meramec River (access for kayaks and canoes). Lots of equestrian, hiking and cycling trails wind through the woods. Scenic bluffs. Picnic pavilions and open space. Beautiful any time of year.

Visited October 2012
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chesterfield, mo
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Good place to hike”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Just be sure you're wearing the right shoes as the hills can be steep. Oh and if you go swimming here be careful- someone drowns every season.

Visited October 2012
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Wildwood, Missouri, United States
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great local park”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Beautiful park with amazing trails! Lots of places to hike and hang out. Great beach at the river to relax and catch some sun.

Visited July 2012
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Columbia, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Love the cliffs”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

I could hike here all day long because there are so many trails that offers so many different sights. You can play on the cliffs, in grassy areas, by rivers and creeks, and amongst big trees.

Visited August 2012
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Des Moines
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great Mountain Biking Trails”
Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

This park is awesome. It is a well kept secret. I spoke to a few bike shops about off road trails for mountain biking and only one shop told me about this place. The trails are well maintained.

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