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THURSDAY HIKE is cancelled, too hot

  • Castlewood State Park

    1401 Kiefer Creek Rd, Ballwin, MO (map)

    38.550186 -90.543365

  • GO ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THE PARK ROAD to RIVER BEACH. Your GPS will lie and send you to the wrong lot, just drive til you hit the river. SHADED SPOTS ON THE RIGHT, just before the main parking lot. Be kind to your dog, park in the shade!




    More of a play day in the water than a hike.  Just a way to get our pups outside for some fun.  Good in the HOTTEST weather!   YOU WILL BE WADING IN THE CREEK, wear appropriate shoes.

    Your shoes and your dog will be wet, that's the idea. 

    We walk from the cars to the creek, up along the creek on the trail, then back down the middle of the creek in the water, then back to the cars, about 3 miles.  Mostly shaded, TOTALLY LEVEL and lots of time in the waters of the cold, spring fed creek.

    For this Thursday special hike, I would love to walk on down the creek beyond the road, all the way to the river.  I want to see if we can get through.  Might have to turn back, if there's debris or beaver dams.  But, we'll still spend a lot of time in the water, and the hike will be about 3 to 3.5 miles.

    DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON SHORT LEASH!  Maybe some free time when we're IN THE CREEK, but not on trail.  Some mountain bikers, but not too bad.  Lots of dogs/people here.  You have to control your dog in this park, it's very crowded and they're very strict! 

    As always, limit of 2 DOGS PER PERSON


    WE HIT THE TRAIL PROMPTLY AT 10:00, arrive a little early.




    You might want sunscreen, creek is in full sun.

    Secure phone/car keys/cameras in ziplock bags!

    About 3 miles, allow 2 hours.  We goof off a lot .



    We meet at the BEACH PARKING LOT, all the way at the end of the road past the RR tracks.  There are shaded spots on the right, by the picnic tables, just before the main parking lot, which is in full sun.  

    Be kind to your dog, PARK IN THE SHADE, not in the main parking lot, YOUR CAR WILL BE HOT WHEN WE FINISH.  Don't put Fido into an oven for the ride home!

     AFTER THE MAIN HIKE, WE GO TO THE BEACH FOR MORE PLAY TIME, unless the river is up.  Might be, there's been a lot of rain this week south of us.

    You can swim in the river here after the hike WITH your dog.   Dogs are not too welcome in the main beach area (it's pretty crowded), but we walk up the river to a very quiet spot to play.  You can skip this part and go home, if you want to, but we have a lot of fun here.  Beach is mostly sand.  CURRENT IS DOWN, GOOD SWIMMIN' FOR DOGS AND PEOPLE.

    Link to site:


    Manchester or Big Bend to Ries Road to park entrance. The mapping feature at the top of the page is very good, if you need a road map.  WE MEET AT THE BEACH PARKING LOT!  Once inside the park, drive ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THE ROAD to the beach area.We lose people all the time here because they go to the wrong lot.

    If you have questions, ask before the time of the hike, my cell phone is in my backpack at hike time.


    NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES. Short leash only.  Keep your dog on leash.


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  • Karen B

    Cancelling the official hike, too hot. I will be there at 10:00 anyway, but no meetup is planned.

    August 20, 2014

  • Kathy K

    The other side of the creek isn't quite as shaded in spots, and not as many deep pools, also not as cool water on that side. I believe it is a little shorter distance to the river, I did it with junebug one hot afternoon there and back in about 30min or so, walking at a very slow pace.

    1 · August 20, 2014

  • Karen B

    We usually don't do this hike on Thursday, but it's just too darned hot to go anywhere else. I hope to explore the second part of the creek, from the road to the river. Hopefully, we can use this on Saturday when the temps will still be around 100 degrees.

    August 19, 2014


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