With winter around the corner, fall – and all of its pumpkin-flavored glory – is quickly fading. Don’t waste the final days of St. Louis fall cooped up indoors!
Whether you’re an adventure-seeking hiker, casual runner or an avid walker, here are eight trails you should visit this fall:
- Rockwoods Reservation – With a variety of trail lengths and skill levels, Rockwood offers something for all health enthusiasts. For a quick, easy stroll, try the Trail Among the Trees. For a more difficult hike, the three-mile Lime Kiln Loop Trail is a great option.
- Grant’s Trail – Located in south St. Louis county, the historic Grant’s Trail offers a flat 8-mile hike that passes alongside Grant’s Farm, the Clydesdales and Whitecliff Park for the ultimate exercise experience. The trail is well-marked, so you can easily track your distance and focus on revving your walk or jog into high gear.
- Castlewood State Park – This park is great for both beginning and experienced hikers and bikers. Offering eight different trails and situated alongside the Meramec River in Wildwood, Castlewood is the perfect escape from the normal gym grind. To customize your workout, try running hills or switching up your route with the seemingly endless possibilities.
- Edgar M. Queeny County Park – This 564-acre park is ideal for peaceful running and trail walks. You can venture around the 4.1 perimeter or experiment with multiple inner paths.
- Monarch Chesterfield Levee Trail – Located in the Chesterfield Valley, this flat, paved path is ideal for bikers, walkers and joggers. It’s a straight shot and sits atop the levee alongside the Valley, so you won’t have to worry about getting turned around on this trail.
- Louis Riverfront Trail – For the urban dwellers out there, this trail weaves through old industrial areas along the Mississippi River while offering the chance to look at wildlife and catch views of the arch. The 11-mile trail is ideal for bikers looking for a change of scenery. As a forewarning, not all crossings are paved.
- Creve Coeur Park Trail – It’s pretty hard to beat the view of sailboats, kayakers and the lake at Creve Coeur Park. And at 7.7 miles long and winding through wooded areas and a waterfall, you’ll want to run, bike or explore the whole thing! The park offers tons of loops to run or walk along with 10 miles of flat, paved trails.
- Forest Park – One of the landmarks of St. Louis, Forest Park is also an ideal walking, jogging and biking destination. You can venture around the 6-mile perimeter with moderate hills for a more difficult workout or tailor your workout by running the pathways within the park.
What other St. Louis trails do you love?