Al Foster Memorial Trail


The trail is located near the intersection of Grand Ave. and Washington Ave. in the Glencoe Community. Click here for a location map. Al Foster Memorial Trail


The current trail length is 5 miles (3 miles to Sherman Beach and another 2 miles to Castlewood State Park).


The trail is eight foot wide and made of crushed stone.  It is available for use by pedestrians and bicyclists.  The trail generally follows the Meramec River from the Al Foster Trailhead in Glencoe to the east through Sherman Beach and into Castlewood State Park. It provides scenic views of bluffs forest, areas, and the Meramec River. View a map of the trail


Parking is available at the Al Foster Memorial Trailhead.


Restrooms and trash cans are available at the Al Foster Memorial Trailhead.

Nearby Facilities

Al Foster Memorial Trailhead 
Al Foster Memorial Trailhead is located just north of the trail.  Currently there are portable restroom facilities, picnic tables, and parking lot.  Please note water is not available.  

Glencoe City Park
Glencoe City Park is located .2 miles north of the Al Foster Memorial Trailhead.  This park includes a playground facility, picnic amenities, a vault restroom facility and parking.  Please note, water is not available.

WF&P Miniature Railroad
WF&P Miniature Railroad is located in close proximity to the trail and trailhead.  This railroad system is a great way to experience and explore the area trail system. 

Connection Opportunities

Bluff View Trail (2.5 miles in length)
Hamilton Carr Trail (1.5 miles in length)
Rock Hollow Trail (2.3 miles in length)

Future Plans

Future connections are planned to Route 66 State Park to the south, and beyond Castlewood State Park to the east.  When completed, the Al Foster Trail will become an official segment of the Ozark Trail, which will extend from the confluence of the Meremac and Mississippi Rivers to the Arkansas / Missouri border.

Cooperative Partnerships  

  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Great Rivers Greenway (GRG)
  • City of Wildwood

Visit the Al Foster Trail photo gallery