The Western Greenway lies between the Missouri and Meramec rivers in West St. Louis County, connecting the Wabash, Frisco and Pacific (WF&P) miniature railroad in Glencoe (Wildwood, Mo.) to Rockwoods Reservation. The greenway’s 1.6-mile Hamilton Carr Trail (paved) begins at Woods Road in Rockwoods Reservation, runs south along State Route 109 past the La Salle Retreat Center and connects to the Al Foster Memorial Trail in the Meramec Greenway at Glencoe.
The greenway (paved) is flat and easy for people who are walking, running or riding a bike to connect to other parks, green spaces and the Meramec River. Rockwoods Reservation is a popular destination for bird watching, picnicking, hiking and camping, and is home to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s wildlife education programs.
The greenway passes by Glencoe City Park, where there are picnic areas, grills and a playground.
The Hamilton Carr Trail provides a connection to the Meramec Greenway’s Al Foster Trail, where you can take the shady, crushed limestone path from the Wabash, Frisco and Pacific (WF&P) Railroad to Sherman Beach Park. This route provides tremendous views of the Meramec River besides soaring limestone bluffs. The spur from that greenway, the Rock Hollow Trail is paved and stretches 2.2 miles up to Ridge Meadows Elementary School on Ridge Road.
The WF&P Railroad offers seasonal, weekly train rides for all ages. The ride is two miles long and travels along the scenic Meramec River.
The Western Greenway is open year-round. Please note that the trail is not plowed of snow or ice.
FeesThere are no fees to visit the greenway.
The trail is flat and accessible to wheelchairs.
Along the way, the trail runs through two busy roads – Old State Road and Highway 109 – however, there are two tunnels underneath the roadway that allow a much safer path for people who are walking or riding bikes to cross these busy roads.
Bathroom facilities and drinking fountains can be found at either end of the greenway.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash.