Chubb Trail is a 6.5 mile, multi-use (equestrian, biking and hiking) trail that starts at Lone Elk County Park, goes through Castlewood State Park (south) and ends up at West Tyson County Park on the south side of the Meramec River. The trail is hilly at each end, especially on the West Tyson side. Through the middle, the trail passes through flat, forested bottom land and a couple of restored prairie fields. It has very challenging hills and some nice flat stretches. Terrain is rocky in parts and can be muddy long after rains or floods. After those tough climbs you are often rewarded with great views. — Open PDF MAP.
Walking combo: Chubb Trail & Castlewood Loop
Walk part of the Chubb Trail and combine with the Castlewood Loop. The walk consists of about 1.5 miles on the Chubb Trail to get to the Castlewood Loop Trail trail head. The Castlewood Loop as a whole is a 3-mile loop, however it is possible to walk only 1 mile of the Castlewood Loop and then go back up the Chubb Trail for a total walk length of 4 miles.
Starting at the Lone Elk Trailhead section, the first part of the trail is a steep down hill with loose gravel and some roots that may cause a trip hazard. The rugged part of the trail lasts for about 1/2 mile. After that the trail is on flat terrain and is gravel and dirt.
Directions: from I-44, take MO Hwy. 141 north. Turn on to the north outer road, westbound. You will be following the brown signs toward Lone Elk Park and World Bird Sanctuary. Drive west on the north outer road for approximately 2 miles. Turn right on to Park Road. Drive up the hill. You will pass the entrance to the World Bird Sanctuary, and you will be seeing the chain link fence of Lone Elk park on your left as you drive. At approximately .6 miles you will see the big entry gate to Lone Elk park.
Don’t drive into Lone Elk park. The road forks, so take the right fork. Drive about 100 feet, pass the dumpster, and proceed to the gravel parking lot on the right. This is the Chubb Trail parking lot for the trailhead.