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 4 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.
Parking and Trail Access
Two large parking lots are available just off the trail on its western end. Additional parking can be found at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex (17925 N. Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield).
Great Trail and Growing
The trail now extends an additional 4 miles by going under the bridge and south. In total if you run the trail as a loop it's about 16 miles. They are also working to extend the trail to circle the entire valley. It's all new pavement and plenty of parking ...