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Castlewood State Park Castlewood Park first opened in Ballwin MO in the early 1900s Between 1915 and 1940 thousands of visitors traveled to Castlewood Park The Missouri Pacific Railroad provided the main source of transportation to the park After World War 2 people quit coming to the park so it was forced to shut down In 1975 the MRRA re-opened the park as a national park Castlewood State Park is 1779 acres that is incorporated with the Meramec River During the 1930s people came from all over Missouri for the weekend to get away Usually there where more than 10000 people to visit the park each weekend There where dance clubs clubhouses hotels and the river to keep people occupied during the weekend Castlewood had one of the first piped water systems in StLouis that supplied water to the hotels and cabins The park has many stunning features that attract tourists throughout the year White limestone bluffs hang over the Meramec River which overlooks Lincoln Beach Lincoln Beach is 250 feet below the bluffs At the center of the park the Meramec River merges with Kiefer Creek to make half a mile wide flood plains Castlewood State Park has many natural features as well On the south side of the park River Birch and Green Hawthorne which is uncommon in Missouri flourish next to the riverbanks On the north side of the river white oak northern red oak and shagbark hickory flourish on the banks Some of the animals that are here include wild turkeys cricket frogs white- tail deer and river birds The park offers many activities to enjoy on a daily or weekend basis People can fish for largemouth bass bluegill and catfish People can also canoe go rafting and sunbathe on the beach People can hike or go horseback riding on approximately 6 miles of trails Most of the trails run along the Meramec River and Kiefer Creek This is one
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