Mississippi Greenway

Chouteau Riverfront to Old Chain of Rocks Bridge (Riverfront Trail)

[1] Be advised that  this greenway, south of Mary Meachum Visitor Center to Branch Street, is impacted by construction activities related to the reconstruction of the Terminal Railroad Bridge (Merchant’s) over the Mississippi River. This includes temporary, intermittent closures during the day while construction activity is underway; moving equipment and materials across greenway etc.  [2]Lewis Street, between the Biddle Street Trailhead and Ashley Street, is temporarily closed. This is to accommodate ongoing repairs to the Ashley Energy Plant. The gates across the street and greenway had been unlocked daily, but will now remain closed until construction is complete. The O’Fallon Street floodgates are closed; you can follow the greenway on the “dry side” of the flood wall. [3] The flood gate at Carr Street is currently closed. To reconnect to the Mississippi Greenway, if you are able, you can walk or ride on streets within Laclede’s Landing to bypass the flood gate. Heading north on the greenway, turn left (east) on Martin Luther King Drive to N. 2nd Street. Then turn right (north) on N. 2nd Street for .06 mile to O’ Fallon Street. Turn right (east) on O’Fallon to connect to the greenway, which is currently only open on the “dry side” of the floodwall.

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is opened daily by a team of volunteers; it is open by 9am and locked at dusk.

The Mississippi River Greenway between Chouteau and the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is like no other, stretching from downtown St. Louis, along the industrial riverfront to the historic Route 66 bridge. The greenway is mostly flat and entirely sunny. It offers views of the working riverfront and Mississippi River that even most native St. Louisans have never seen before.

Click here to download a printable Greenway Adventure Guide for the Mississippi Greenway (Riverfront Trail): Chouteau Riverfront to Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

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Getting Here

The greenway is located near the heart of downtown St. Louis. The trailhead is located at Biddle Street just a few blocks north of the Martin Luther  King Bridge.

Each greenway is managed in cooperation with different municipalities and parks departments, who set the rules for greenway use, parking and hours of operation. Greenways often span multiple municipalities, so please be aware that these rules can change as you travel along the trail. Please be sure to follow all posted rules and regulations while you are living life outside!

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You can access this section of the Mississippi River Greenway at several points via Bike St. Louis. In downtown St. Louis, you can access the greenway on Chouteau Avenue, Chestnut Avenue through the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and on Washington Avenue. North of downtown you can access the greenway on Mullanphy Street, Branch Street, Riverview Boulevard and Chambers Road.

You can access this greenway by buses #40, 41, 60, 61, 64, 78, 90 at the Riverview Transit Center. This is a close bike ride or walk to the Riverfront Trail on Riverview.

You can access this section of the Mississippi Greenway from the Convention Center Station and the Arch-Laclede’s Landing Station.

ALERT: The parking lot on the Missouri side of the Old Chain of Rocks is closed. Do NOT be tempted to park along the side of Riverview Drive on the Missouri side of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. Cars parking in this area are frequently targeted by thieves. Make sure you have a pleasant visit by parking on the Illinois side of the Chain of Rocks Bridge! If you park in Riverfront Park, you will have to walk or ride 1.5 miles to access the Missouri side of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.
Cruce la Carretera 270 a Illinois, al otro lado del Río Mississippi, para estacionar y ver el puente.
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Things To Do

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Trail Info

15 Miles

This 15-mile (includes Old Chain of Rocks and McKinley Bridge) paved trail in the Mississippi River Greenway is flat, and offers limited shade. It parallels the Mississippi River and winds it way through both sides of the flood wall that protects the city of St. Louis.
Please use caution when walking or riding on this trail because some sections are considered a levee road; you may see vehicles from adjacent businesses who are authorized to drive on the trail.