As its name implies, the Monarch Chesterfield Levee Trail was built on top of an embankment created to protect Chesterfield from Missouri River flooding. As such, it offers a wide, flat route over smooth pavement.
The trail covers just over 10 miles on the western outskirts of St. Louis, beginning near the Howell Island Conservation Area, a heavily forested region popular for birdwatching, fishing and hiking. From there, the trail travels east through open grassland.
Along the way, the trail provides access to the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, which includes playgrounds, concession areas, restrooms and dozens of playing fields for baseball, softball, soccer and football.
The trail currently ends in the east at the Hardee’s Iceplex. A disconnected southern section of the trail running next to Bonhomme Creek will eventually meet the main trail at the facility.
Two large parking lots are available just off the trail at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex (17925 N. Outer 40 Road).