From Forest Park to the Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis provides miles and miles of green spaces and parks ready to enjoy with family and friends. Explore the great outdoors during your workout and recreation time. From Citygarden’s outdoor sculpture park and Kiener Plaza of downtown to the sandy beach of Creve Coeur Park and the caves of our State Parks – trails, events, nature and wildlife are calling.
Babler State Park
Babler State Park is located in Wildwood, Missouri. It features campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, longer trails for equestrians and an amphitheater for nature talks, multiple hiking trails, a 2-mile paved bicycle trail, and a six-mile equestrian trail.
Carondelet Park is the 3rd largest park in St. Louis, offering boathouses, picnic grounds, pavilions, playgrounds, a rec center, baseball, soccer, softball, tennis, horseshoe courts, walking and biking trails, Boathouse Lake and Horseshoe Lake.
Castlewood State Park
Castlewood Park is considered one of the best mountain biking locations in the St. Louis area. The park offers hiking and mountain biking trails for every skill level, fishing, bird watching, wildlife and recreational facilities.
Creve Coeur Park
Creve Coeur Park features the massive 320-acre Creve Coeur Lake, Mallard Lake, sand beach, playground, spray fountain play area, six trails, disc golf, archery, tennis courts and fishing. The Creve Coeur Soccer Complex is to be completed in 2018. Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure course invites you to zip, swing, and climb through the trees. Saint Louis County Department of Parks partnered with Great Rivers Greenway to bring you the Creve Coeur Water Trail which offers canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding a six-mile journey across the lake and up the creek. Non-gasoline boats are permitted. Swimming is not allowed.
Fairground Park is a city park featuring sports recreation for baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and tennis. Visitors can enjoy trails for biking and walking, a playground, skating rink, swimming pool, and the lake.
Faust Park, in Chesterfield is known for its Thornhill Historic Site, Historic Village, St. Louis Carousel, trails and playgrounds.
The original site of the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park, contains 1,371 acres. The park is larger than NYC’s Central Park and home to many attractions: Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Science Center and The Muny Opera.
It has been ranked America’s greatest city park and welcomes 13 million visitors annually. The Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box are all key points of interest in the park; complete with trails for running and biking, golf courses, tennis centers and soccer fields. In the month of June, Shakespeare Festival takes place in Shakespeare Glen. The Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor Center welcomes guests to the park and the World’s Fair Pavilion is a venue for many occasions. Throughout the year, Forest Park plays host to many events such as Fair Saint Louis, Balloon Race, festivals and celebrations. Visitors may enjoy concerts, movies, sledding on Art Hill or ice skating at the Steinberg Ice Skating Rink.
Fort Belle Fontaine Park
The Fort Belle Fontaine Park is 305.6 acres of parkland and wildlife located about three miles west of the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The Missouri River, Belle Fontaine Spring, Coldwater Creek and a 50-acre upland prairie and wetlands make up the park. Visitors to the park may enjoy ghost stories, hayrides, Prairie Day, the popular Eagle Watch and trail walk.
Gateway Mall Plaza
Gateway Mall Plaza is a series of downtown parks located along Market Street from the Gateway Arch to Interstate 64. The plaza includes: Luther Ely Smith Square, Old Courthouse, Kiener Plaza, Gateway One, Citygarden Sculpture Park, Kaldi’s, Serra’s Sculpture Park, Civil Courts Building, Civic Room, Central Library, Soldier’s Memorial, Peabody Opera House, Terminus, Neighborhood Room and Union Station.
George Winter Park
George Winter Park offers boat launching ramps, picnic sites, fishing and hiking trails at the Meramec River.
Greensfelder County Park
A great campsite near the Ozark mountain range, Greensfelder Park features many trails, horse boarding, equestrian and group camping, hayrides, trails, tennis courts, athletic fields, nature learning center, picnic sites and shelters, playground and trim orienteering course.
Jefferson Barracks Historical Park
Jefferson Barracks was a U.S. Army post from 1826 to 1946. The park offers The Laborer’s House Museum, Missouri Civil War Museum, and Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum, trails, wedding sites, cross country course, disc golf course, archery and events.
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, a.k.a. The Gateway Arch, preserves St. Louis as the “Gateway to the West” during the Westward Expansion Era. The national park is a memorial to President Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase, to the pioneers, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse. Gateway Arch Park Foundation and world-renowned landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates have worked to expand and better connect the park’s grounds and museums to the region and riverfront. The new museum space, additional park acreage and bicycle trails, children’s play areas and performance venues enhance the visitor experience at one of the world’s most beloved national parks.
Kiener Plaza is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial located across from the Old Courthouse, featuring the oval Old Courthouse lawn outdoor event space, a children’s playground, a splash pad, the famous runner statue in a fountain and many trees.
Lafayette Park is considered by many historians to be the oldest urban park west of the Mississippi. Victorian homes surround Lafayette Square and make it a truly one of a kind community with vintage baseball, walking and biking trails, a lake, pavilion, boathouse and special events.
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Laumeier Sculpture Park, in St. Louis County, houses over 60 outdoor sculptures and features a 1.4-mile walking trail, indoor and outdoor art galleries. The park sees about 300,000 visitors each year.
Lone Elk Park
Lone Elk Park is a wildlife management area, with bison, wild turkey, waterfowl, elk and deer. The park includes: Sioux Passage Trails located near the Missouri River, campsites, fishing, tennis courts, outdoor play areas and athletic fields.
Mastodon State Historic Site
Mastodon State Historic Site includes the Kimmswick Bone Bed- a significant archaeological and paleontological site which presented evidence of the coexistence of humans and the American mastodon. The site features a museum with an interpretive video, displays of ancient artifacts and fossils, and a mastodon skeleton replica. In the great outdoors, the site offers three trails, including one that leads to the site where the bones and artifacts were found. The park also offers picnic sites, a playground, and a wildflower garden full of birds and butterflies.
O’Fallon Park is full of sports recreation in the great outdoors with boathouses on the lake, picnic grounds and pavilions, playgrounds, wading pools, basketball courts, football fields, softball fields and tennis courts.
Onondaga Cave State Park
Did you know that Missouri is often called, “The Cave State?” The towering stalagmites, dripping stalactites, and active flowstones art at Onondaga Cave State Park will show you some of our state’s great caves. Visitors can take guided tours through the caves or enjoy the Vilander Bluff Natural Area with fishing and canoeing in the Meramec River.
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is within 112 acres of forest. The name comes from the times when explosive powder was made and stored there during the Civil War and World War II. The area has three trails and one is accessible for people with disabilities.
Queeny Park is home to the Greensfelder Recreation Complex, fishing, trails, picnic sites and hayrides, tennis courts, fishing, playgrounds and a Mother’s Day tradition – the annual art fair among many other events.
Rockwoods Reservation is 1,843-acre state forest and wildlife conservation area featuring: picnic areas and a pavilion, hiking trails, and Hamilton Creek. There are six trails in Rockwoods Reservation: Wildlife Habitat Discovery Trail (.1 miles), Rock Quarry Trail (2.2 miles), Trail Among the Trees (1.5 miles), Lime Kiln Trail (3.2 miles), Green Rock Trail (3.6 miles of the trail’s 14.5 miles) and Turkey Ridge Trail (2 miles).
Route 66 State Park
Peek into history at Route 66 State Park’s visitor center which showcases the famous road. The park offers great bird watching, trails, picnic sites and more.
Spanish Lake Park
Spanish Lake features 245 acres of parkland including a playground, trails for walking, biking, horseback riding and mountain biking, tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, a 5000 meter cross country course, picnic shelters and three lakes-Spanish Lake, Sunfish and North Lake. Fishing is allowed for those who have a Missouri State fishing license; non-gasoline powered boating, boat launch on Spanish and Sunfish lakes.
Suson Park Animal Farm
Suson Park is a 98-acre animal farm with a playground, fishing and more.
Tilles Park (city)
Tilles Park in the city features: baseball, basketball, racquetball, soccer, softball, tennis, sports and recreation facilities, picnic grounds and pavilions, playgrounds and hockey skating rinks.
Tilles Park (county)
Tilles Park in St. Louis County presents a playground, trails, tennis courts, fishing, spray fountain play area and every holiday season the Winter Wonderland lighting display returns.
Tower Grove Park
Tower Grove Park dates back to the Victorian era, offering recreation, tennis, a farmer’s market, birding, playgrounds, wading pools, ponds, carriage rides, run/walks and picnic sites. The park features 289 acres of beautiful landscape for jogging and the popular Piper Palm House venue. The place is truly a foodies’ delight each summer with the Festival of Nations and food trucks on the first Friday of the month. Over one million visitors visit the park each year.