St. Louis Running and Walking Trails

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TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Named for the family of Jack Broemmelsiek, who lived on the site for more than 30 years and dedicated their lives to promoting conservation activitives, Broemmelsiek Park is 494 acres and features many natural recreation amenities. Opened in
April 2007, the park offers more than seven miles of multi-use trail (open to hiking, biking, and equestrian users), picnic shelters, an Off-Leash Dog Area, nature preserves, a five-acre fishing lake, and St. Charles County’s first public Astronomy Viewing Area. When completed, additional development will add several more miles of multi-use trail, picnicking
locations, and an agricultural heritage center.

A multi-use park that is open to mountain bikers, equestrians, and hikers, so please observe proper trail etiquette while enjoying the trails. The trails in this 500+ acre park are in 2 separate sections joined together by restored grassy prairie. They are a mixture of hard packed dirt trails, several small rock gardens, and a few rocky creek crossings.

The front section is accessed via the concrete bridge that is just off the first parking lot. It's a mixture of wooded single track and open meadows, with several short but steep climbs. Rocky in the beginning, it switches to a dirt base as you start up the ridge.

The trail then follows the contours of the meadows to the second section, making for a fun, but quick trip to the wooded area in the back of the park. A winding, dirt hillside trail, mixed with rocks leads to a creek crossing, then a rocky ascent as the trail meanders along another ridge line leading to a picturesque view of a local equestrian farm and pond. This section features a wide swooping turn which leads back across the power line alley that divides this part of the trail. In addition, a one half mile paved surface trail, that is open to walking and bicycle traffic, surrounds the Wilson Road fishing lake.

WHY WE LIKE IT: More than seven miles of stacked loop trail (crossing wooded hillsides, open pasture, and scenic views) is currently open to the public, with more planned. Somewhat challenging to get to the top of the trail system, but once up there it is a great run. Full of constant twists and turns, it really is a trail runners delight. This is definitely a go to spot for those in St. Charles County who enjoy different environments into their exercise or a trail enthusiast.

DIRECTIONS: From St. Louis, take I-64/40 West towards Wentzville to the Highway DD exit. From Wentzille, take I-64/4 East towards St. Louis to the Highway DD exit. Head South on Highway DD for about 4 miles to Schwede Rd where you will take a right. Approximately 1/2 mile down will be the entrance to the park on your left.


DISTANCE: Up to 7 miles if complete all the loops together.

TERRAIN:. Natural terrain consisting of mostly dirt trails. Trails also consists of grass, gravel, and asphalt.

RATING: Moderate to hard.