Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? There is no shortage of great hiking trails near St. Louis. Whether you are looking for a leisurely stroll or want a more adventurous hike, there is something for everyone within a 30 minute drive from St. Louis. We’re showcasing favorite hiking spots along with nearby homes.
CASTLEWOOD STATE PARK
Location: 1401 Kiefer Creek Road, Ballwin, MO 63021
The 1,818 acre Castlewood Park has trails for every skill level and is considered one of the best mountain biking locations near St. Louis. The views are amazing, with a gorgeous lookout over the Meramec River. Yoga hikes are lead throughout the year by Yoga Hikes STL, who will also arrange for private yoga hike events for groups of up to 15 people.
NEARBY HOME: Just 5 minutes from Castlewood is 661 Brook Meadow, listed for $299,900. This is a former display home that boasts 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a fireplace, and open floor plan. Main floor has master with walk-in closet, large master bath. A main floor laundry and powder room offer added convenience. The upper level has 2 more bedrooms, full bath + bonus room (game room/office/play area). Located in the Parkway School District.
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, February 17 from 11am-1pm.
MERAMEC GREENWAY AND POWDER VALLEY
Meramec Greenway at Greentree Park Location: 2202 Marshall Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Meramec Greenway at Greentree Park is an awesome for families who want to hike or bike because it is flat, paved and shaded. The 3.6 mile trail travels Greentree Park in Kirkwood and the Arnold’s Grove trailhead. You’ll see some close up views of the Meramec River and there is a playground. You can make a lot of people happy here.
Powder Valley Location: 11715 Cragwold Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Powder Valley has several easy, paved trails with the longest being 1.5 miles. They also have a trail that can accommodate those less mobile, which is suitable for small children and strollers. There are many deer and the farther you hike into the more remote areas, the better chance you have to see wildlife. The visitor center is a hit with kids (stuffed animals and hands-on exhibits) and has a great collection of nature books.
NEARBY HOME: 2373 Maybrook is just 6 minutes to Greentree Park and 10 minutes to Powder Valley. Listed for $699,900 this spectacular 5 bed, 4.5 bath two story home is on a secluded cul de sac in Kirkwood. The professional finished lower level has 9′ ceilings, rec room, wet bar, family room, gas fireplace, private office, wine cellar, full bath and tons of storage.
lewis and Clark Trail and lewis trail loop
Location: Weldon Spring Conservation Area, Highway 94 west of Highway 40
Lewis and Clark Trail and Lewis Trail Loop are considered to be the most scenic hikes in the Metro St. Louis Area. Three sections of the trail pass by limestone cliffs and bluffs where hikers enjoy a beautiful view from 110 feet high of the Missouri River, Katy Trail, and Chesterfield Valley. It is a 7.4 mile loop rated as moderate.
NEARBY HOME: 320 Perceval is just 10 minutes from the Lewis and Clark trailhead at Weldon Springs Conservation area. Listed for $689,000 this 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home features a landscaped in-ground salt water pool on an acre lot with plenty of tress for privacy and direct access to a nature trail.
SHAW NATURE RESERVE
Location: 307 Pinetum Loop Road, Gray Summit, MO 63039
Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit has 14 miles of hiking trails, and with the help of the trail map, a visitor can choose a short stroll or hikes of several miles. Hike to a bar on the Meramec River or Crescent Knoll Overlook provides a panoramic view of the Meramec River Valley. Some trails and overlooks, including Crescent Knoll, are wheelchair accessible. Shaw is free for members of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the fee for non-members is minimal.
NEARBY HOME: Listed at $399,900 and in Pacific, 1101 Lakewood Drive is about a 10 minute drive from Shaw Nature Reserve. This 4 bedroom, 4 bath home sits on 2.5 acres where there is an abundance of wildlife. Skylights bring in tons of natural light in the open concept main floor. Over-sized 2 car garage off the main floor, plus there is a second lower level garage with huge “man-cave” workshop with separate drive & entrance.
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