The River Des Peres Greenway Trail provides a flat, paved route along the River Des Peres Drainage Channel in southwestern St. Louis. It has been described as a pleasant trail with a fair amount of shade. The paved trail has wide green grassy areas on each side, so it is very easy to move out of the way of other trail users.
The entire River Des Peres Greenway trail is 5.5 miles in length and is paved asphalt and connects to other greenway areas and parks. It is used for biking, walking and running. This greenway follows the River Des Peres Parkway, so you will experience traffic views and sounds on your journey. Mid-trail has a spur across the river on a pedestrian bridge which can take you to the Christy Greenway or to Carondelet Park for a quieter, non-traffic section of the walk.
Trail Access Points: there are several places to access the River Des Peres Greenway. The best location for the most scenic part of the walk is located mid-trail:
(1) Fultz Field has parking and is located off of the River Des Peres Road between Morganford and Gravois. View location, Fultz Field.
There are a few other parking areas, however the trail mostly follows the roadway:
(2) At the north end, there is parking near the Shrewsbury Metrolink Station near Lansdowne Avenue and River Des Peres Blvd. Cross the street from the Metrolink to access the start of the trailhead.
(3) Slightly further south along the trail, another good parking/access spot is by parking in the Shrewsbury Shop ‘n’ Save lot, near the corner of Watson and Well avenue. A good landmark is that there is a business in this corner that sells tombstones called Rosebrough Monument Company. You can park near that corner of the lot and walk down a sidewalk to get to the River Des Peres trail.
(3) Another parking lot is located at the south end of the trail, on Germania near Eugene.