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Riverwoods Park & Trail
Pedestrian Bridge Closed
October 5, 2021: The pedestrian bridge on the Riverwoods Trail is currently closed due to significant erosion beneath the bridge's foundation due to repeated flooding of the Missouri River. The future of the bridge remains uncertain at this time; updates to trail availability will be posted on the City’s website and Facebook page. Park visitors can still walk or ride on the connected Earth City Levee Trail. Park users are reminded that any areas of the trail marked “closed” are strictly off-limits. Questions and concerns may be directed to the Bridgeton Parks and Recreation Department at (314) 739-5599.
Occasionally this park will be closed due to Missouri River flooding. Typically the trail will be closed when the river reaches 25 feet or above. View the Missouri River forecast to determine current river levels.
Location of Trail
Riverwoods Park and Trail was made possible through a joint partnership between the city, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the Great Rivers Greenway District. This 136-acre park is bounded by the Earth City levee to the east, Missouri River to the west, Interstate 70 to the south and St. Charles Rock Road to the north. The park can be accessed via St. Charles Rock Road near the site of the old Rock Road Bridge to St. Charles and via the Earth City Levee Trail trailhead just north of Highway 370. View the location map (PDF).
Length of Trail
Due to flooding events in 2019, the middle section of the Riverwoods Trail along the Missouri River is now permanently closed. The 3.15 mile multi-use trail is still open as an out-and-back type path, requiring users to turn around at the points of closure. The portion that runs along the river is well-shaded and offers bikers, hikers, and rollerbladers with beautiful vistas of historic St. Charles while exposing them to the abundant wildlife of this relatively undisturbed wetland forest.
Please note the trail closure points and trail closed section highlighted in red in the map link below. Trail users are encouraged to continue along the Earth City Levee trail to the Highway 370 access point and parking lot. Trail Map Update
Developing More of the Trail
The Great Rivers Greenway District is in the process of developing a trail system along the east side of the Missouri River that will eventually extend from Chesterfield Valley to the south and Columbia Bottoms near the confluence the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Area bridges across the Missouri river will allow trail users access to the Katy Trail to the west and to the Illinois trail system by crossing the Mississippi at the Chain of Rocks Bridge.