Parking is available off Highway N, just north of Cottleville City Hall. Click here to map your route.
This trail is a part of the Dardenne Greenway. Click here for details on finished trail connections, maps and more.
Trail maintenance is provided by the City of Cottleville. Please call Cottleville City Hall for trail conditions or to report an issue at 636-498-6565.
Trail maintenance on portions of St. Charles Community College and its associated properties is provided by St. Charles Community College.
Trail maintenance north of SCC is provided by the City of St. Peters.
About Cottleville Trail on the Dardenne Greenway
The trail project along Dardenne Creek begins at Mid Rivers Mall Drive near the south bank of the creek. The trail is complete for one mile westward to Highway N near Cottleville's new City Hall.
Great Rivers Greenway worked with the City of St. Peters to develop a the trail from Woodlands Sports Park to existing trails at Dardenne Park. The project includes a 180-foot bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Dardenne Creek to Rabbit Run Park as well as a nature observation overlook and native wildflower restoration areas. The City of St. Peters has built additional trails connecting Rabbit Run Park and Glen Travis Park to the Dardenne Greenway.
A 1.5 mile trail connection from Legacy Park to Woodlands Sports Park was completed in the Spring of 2014. The new section links together two existing sections of the Dardenne Greenway in Cottleville and St. Peters, as well as multiple existing trails in nearby parks--offering nearly five miles of continuous connectivity for walking, running and biking!
City of Cottleville, City of St. Peters, St. Charles Community College
Points of Interest Along the Trail
Woodlands Sports Park
The 92-acre Woodland Sports Park is located southwest of Dardenne Creek along the floodplain. The park offers numerous recreational features including soccer fields, baseball diamonds, softball diamonds, two fishing lakes, two pavilions, a half-acre prairie roundabout and a paved 1-mile perimeter trail. The southern trailhead for the Dardenne Greenway at Rabbit Run is located here.
Woodland Sports Park is home to diverse ecosystems, such as woodlands, wetlands, swamps and temperate prairies. The floodplain region along Dardenne Creek supports plant species such as the marsh elder, sumpweed and wild bean.
Jack Gettemeyer Park at Rabbit Run
From woodlands to wetlands, Jack Gettemeyer Park at Rabbit Run consists of 109 acres of diverse ecosystems and features amenities including athletic fields, a basketball court, a playground, a gazebo and pavilion, and approximately two miles of paved trails. There is a nature overlook where visitors can observe prairie, creek and forest wildlife. Another striking feature of the Dardenne Greenway at Rabbit Run is a 185-foot, single-span pedestrian bridge that crosses Dardenne Creek between Woodlands Sports Park and Rabbit Run.
A shelter and fishing dock can be found at the the east end of Harmony Lake in Legacy Park, and “botanical vignettes” can be found along the trail on the St. Charles Community College campus.