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Level: Easiest
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Greenway
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +385/421 ft
Total: 35 riders
 

Mountain Biking Al Foster

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#101 of 158 mountain bike trails in Missouri
#9668 in the world

The Meramec Greenway Trail in this segment is operated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Castlewood State Park Rock Hollow Unit and St. Louis County's Packwood Park. The trailhead is operated by the City of Wildwood. There are no restrooms or water at this trailhead.

From the Glencoe Trailhead the Meramec Greenway Trail, locally known as the Al Foster Trail, runs east 2.5 miles to the Sherman Beach Trailhead. Most of the trail follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way. This trail passes through passive natural areas.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From Highway 109 drive north from Eureka to the intersection of Old State Road. Turn right (east) on Old State then immediately right onto Washington Avenue. This street will become Grand Avenue. Glencoe is a small community in the City of Wildwood. The Trailhead is located on the left side of the street.
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  • CFM
    Reviewing Zombie:
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    Very nicely laid out singletrack traveling up a long valley and back down the other side. Some technical rocky areas to keep it interesting. A paved roadway transects the area giving an easy bailout if needed. This is a very popular trail with the locals.

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  • cjsutterer
    Reviewing Zombie:
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    This place has become so amazing in the past couple of years. There are tons of fast and flowy sections mixed in with a couple rock drops, rock gardens, ledges and some great banks / berms. More work being done. That will lock this place in as one of the premier spots in the St Louis, MO area.

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  • Doogs12
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    Is a multi purpose trail that connects the Castlewood trails to the bluff view, rock hollow trail systems. Consist of crushed gravel, is flat, and can be ridden just as a cardio workout.

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  • CFM
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    I rode this as an out and back past the actual end of the crushed limestone Al Foster Memorial trail at Sherman Beach Park, circling back on the natural surface Stinging Nettle loop trail. There were damp spots and some standing water from storms the day before but the majority of both trails drained very well. The Stinging Nettle end had several trunks and large branches blocking the way. A nice ride overall for a quick spin along the river.

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  • Stl_Greaser
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    This is a crushed limestone hard pack rail trail that can be used to connect castlewood, rock hollow and bluff view. There is very little elevation change in the 7 miles the trail spans but. It is a nice breather between some good single track! Future plans are to expand to the Katy trail which would open up a whole new route to link up over 100 miles of singletrack!!! Over all it is a good connector and an ok wet weather alternative to singletrack!

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  • *****

    You can take this trail into Castlewood State Park. There are many trails you can connect while using this trail. Single track along the Meremac River and great side trails that lead into the hill sides.

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