This section of the Meramec Greenway lies along the Meramec River bottomlands near the intersection of Meramec Bottom Road and I-55 in St. Louis County’s 273-acre Lower Meramec Park. The two-mile, flat paved trail that lies within the greenway parallels the Meramec River and is located on the site of former summer clubhouse communities that were turned over to the St. Louis County Parks Department in 1979. The paved trail also connects to the 1.2-mile Tall Timbers Trail, an unpaved path that runs along a spring water-fed wetland swamp.
While it is in St. Louis County, the route feels very rural. Most of the trail is shaded by towering oaks along the way, and there is a mixture of woodlands and open fields. The trees are highly diverse and feature some of the best remaining woodlands in the Lower Meramec Valley.
This is the perfect trail to explore for those looking for a peaceful escape to nature. The greenway offers great views of the young woodland area that is now growing where old summer clubhouses once stood, as well as beautiful Burr Oak, Swamp Oak, Pin Oak and Pecan trees. Progress can also be seen on the nearby 15-acre Mesic Prairie restoration.
The Meramec River and surrounding wetland areas attract a wide variety of wildlife, and visitors can access the Meramec River to fish from this greenway. In the winter time, the greenway is perfect for cross-country skiing.
The Lower Meramec Greenway trail is also part of St. Louis County’s 30/30 Hikes Program, which includes 30 trails around the county that can be completed in 30 minutes.
The Meramec Greenway is open year-round. Please note that the trail is not plowed of snow or ice.
There is no fee to visit the greenway.
The trail is mostly flat and accessible to wheelchairs.
The entire area is in a flood plain and can remain flooded for weeks at a time if the Mississippi River is high.
Please note that there are no restroom facilities or playgrounds near these trails.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash.