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Map of the St. Louis Riverfront Trail

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St. Louis Riverfront Trail

St. Louis Riverfront Trail map area

St. Louis Riverfront Trail

LENGTH:

13.5 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

St. Louis, East St. Louis, Illinois

HIGHLIGHTS:

Chain of Rocks Bridge, views of the Mississippi River and Gateway Arch, murals, North Riverfront Park, McKinley Street Bridge

NEARBY TRAILS:

MCT Confluence Trail
MERPD Eagle Points Trail

RELATED LINKS:

St. Louis
East St. Louis, Illinois

The St. Louis Riverfront Trail is a 13.5-mile long paved trail along the west banks of the Mississippi River on the north side of St. Louis. The trail extends from the historic  Chain of Rocks Bridge, just south of the Interstate 240 bridge over the Mississippi to the corner of Lewis Street and Ashley Street, just a few blocks north of the St. Louis Gateway Arch.

The historic Chain of Rocks Bridge brings a bit of history to the St. Louis Riverfront Trail. The bridge was finished in 1929 and was a section of the famous Route 66. The route was the popular road for people heading across the midwest to California before the interstate highway system was constructed. The Chain of Rock Bridge has a 30 degree bend. The name came from a series of rock ledges along the Mississippi, which are covered with water now. Now the bridge is closed to vehicles and is connected to the St. Louis Riverfront Trail.

Points of Interest

The St. Louis Riverfront Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Chain of Rocks Bridge
Chain of Rocks Park
North Riverfront Park
McKinley Street Bridge
Rootwad Park
Nearby Trails

The St. Louis Riverfront Trail is just across the river from the MERPD Eagle Points Trail and the MCT Confluence Trail that are both located in the East St. Louis area of Illinois. Trail users can use the chain of Rock Bridge or the McKinley Bridge to reach the trails on the east side of the river.

End Points

The north end of the trail is located at Chain of Rocks Park along Riverview Drive, just south of the bridge for Interstate 270. There is a bridge for the trail at this location to cross over to Chouteau Island in Illinois.

At McKinley Street, there is another bridge for crossing the Mississippi River to reach Cedar Street in East St. Louis, Illinois.

The south end of the St. Louis Riverfront Trail is located at 1/2 mile south of the bridge for Interstate 70 and a few blocks north of the St. Louis Gateway Arch.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the St. Louis Riverfront Trail in St. Louis, Missouri

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