This 3.6-mile section of the Meramec Greenway parallels the Meramec River from Greentree Park in Kirkwood to the Arnold’s Grove trailhead atop the levee in the City of Valley Park. It is flat and shady and offers spectacular close-up views of the Meramec River. The lush canopy of trees makes it hard to believe this greenway is so close to Highways I-44 and 141.
This section of the Meramec Greenway is an ideal trail for new cyclists and families with small children because of the shade, slower pace and many places to stop along the way.
You can walk or ride to several parks, go fishing or connect to other trails. Simpson Park offers a playground, picnic sites, a shelter, fishing in the park’s 72-acre lake and a boat ramp on the west end of the lake. The greenway also connects to the Blue Heron Trail that runs around the lake.
Fishing is also allowed on the Meramec River all along the trail. Meramec Landing Park and Greentree Park provide the easiest access to the river, and boat ramps are available in both parks.
The Meramec River and surrounding wetland areas attract a wide variety of wildlife. The area is also a wonderful example of a Riparian Forest – woodlands or timberland along the banks of a river.
Greenway visitors can also play a round of golf or hit a few golf balls at the Family Golf and Learning Center on Marshall Road. In the summer and fall, the greenway can be used to access the Kirkwood Athletic Association across from Greentree Park.
The Meramec Greenway is open year-round. Please note that the trail is not plowed of snow or ice.
FeesThere is no fee to visit the greenway
The trail is mostly flat and accessible to wheelchairs.
There is parking at the trailhead at Arnold’s Grove on Meramec Station Road, Simpson Park, Meramec Landing Park and Greentree Park.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash.