Chouteau Riverfront to Old Chain of Rocks Bridge (Riverfront Trail)
UPDATED: The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge will be temporarily closed for repairs March 12-April 23. There will be no access to the bridge during this time. As an alternate route, you can use the bicycle and pedestrian path on the McKinley Bridge to travel across the Mississippi River.
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.Read More
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 #16, 40, 41, 61, 72, 78, 90.
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
You can explore history at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (AKA The Arch!). Check out the National Park Service website for more information.
You can access the Mississippi River to fish along the majority of the trail.
This 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.
Unique views of the working riverfront.
Mural on the Mississippi River Floodwall.