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Missouri: Route 66 State Park
Posted on Saturday, January 20 @ 20:54:31 CST by jhallamek

Horse Rentals & Day Ride Trails 97 North Outer Road, Suite 1
Eureka, MO 63025
(636) 938-7198



Route 66 State Park showcases the history and mystique of a highway that has been called "The Main Street of America." The historic Route 66 has come to represent American mobility, independence and spirit of adventure, and the park has captured the essence of the highway in its displays and array of recreation options. Located along the original Route 66 corridor, the nearly 419-acre park is a boon to park visitors who want to enjoy nature and see interesting historical displays showcasing Route 66. Bridgehead Inn, a 1935 roadhouse, serves as Route 66 State Park's visitor center. It houses Route 66 memorabilia and interprets the environmental success story of the former resort community of Times Beach, which once thrived on the location of the park. Excellent opportunities to picnic, exercise, birdwatch or study nature await visitors. The park area bounds with more than 40 types of birds and a diverse set of trees, plants and animals. Picnic sites are scattered beneath the shade trees. Level walking, bicycling and equestrian trails throughout the park are perfect for beginning bicycle riders and health-conscious visitors.
Trails: Nestled among the bluffs and woods of the Meramec River valley, visitors can thoroughly enjoy the scenery of Route 66 State Park. With seven and one-half miles of trails circling the park, individuals can hike, bicycle or horseback ride along side the Meramec River and near the Burlington Northern Railroad. The park features level walking, bicycling and equestrian trails that are perfect for beginning riders and health-conscious visitors. On any day, you can see senior citizens bicycling and walking along with their grandchildren, who are busily learning how to ride their first bikes with training wheels. The trails are also perfect for persons with disabilities, providing access to miles of pleasant serenity. The trails link to a new trail system in Eureka and will eventually link with portions of Castlewood State Park in Ballwin. The fall brings spectacular displays of color that can last for almost two months because of the diversity of trees that are present and their widespread times for changing colorSafety Considerations
  • Please ensure your knowledge of the Missouri outdoors is adequate to explore this park in safety. Remember that you must be prepared to meet nature on its own terms.
  • When hiking into remote areas of the park, inform someone of your intended route and anticipated time of return.
  • Children should only hike with adult supervision.
  • Ticks and chiggers are common April through October. Be prepared with insect repellent.

Directions to Route 66 State Park: From downtown St. Louis
Route 66 State Park is approximately 26 miles from downtown St. Louis. Take I-55 south to I-44 west. From I-44 west take Exit 266/Lewis Road; follow the road to the right and then curve to the left. Continue past the West Tyson County Park entrance to the stop sign at Lewis Road. After crossing Lewis Road, you will see the visitor center on the left. By continuing across the bridge, you will enter the park grounds. From I-70 and I-270
Route 66 State Park is approximately 25 miles from I-70/I-270. Travel south on I-270 to I-44 west. From I-44 west take Exit 266/Lewis Road; follow the road to the right and then curve to the left. Continue past the West Tyson County Park entrance to the stop sign at Lewis Road. After crossing Lewis Road, you will see the visitor center on the left. By continuing across the bridge, you will enter the park grounds. From I-55 and I-270/I-255
Route 66 State Park is approximately 16 miles from I-55. Travel north on I-270 to I-44 west. From I-44 west take Exit 266/Lewis Road; follow the road to the right and then curve to the left. Continue past the West Tyson County Park entrance to the stop sign at Lewis Road. After crossing Lewis Road, you will see the visitor center on the left. By continuing across the bridge, you will enter the park grounds. From Jefferson City
Route 66 State Park is approximately 120 miles from Jefferson City. Travel east on U.S. Hwy. 50 past Union to I-44. Take I-44 east to Exit 266/Lewis Road; take a left after exiting and cross the highway overpass. Stay on the outer road which will curve to the left. Continue past the West Tyson County Park entrance to the stop sign at Lewis Road. After crossing Lewis Road, you will see the visitor center on the left. By continuing across the bridge, you will enter the park grounds. From Kansas City
Route 66 State Park is approximately 265 miles from Kansas City. Travel east on I-70, crossing the Missouri River at St. Charles. Take I-270 south and continue to I-44. Travel west on I-44 to Exit 266/Lewis Road; follow the road to the right and then curve to the left. Continue past the West Tyson County Park entrance to the stop sign at Lewis Road. After crossing Lewis Road, you will see the visitor center on the left. By continuing across the bridge, you will enter the park grounds. From Springfield, Mo.
Route 66 State Park is approximately 190 miles from Springfield, Mo. Travel east on I-44 to Exit 266/Lewis Road. After exiting, turn left and cross the highway overpass. Stay on the outer road which will curve to the left. Continue past the West Tyson County Park entrance to the stop sign at Lewis Road. After crossing Lewis Road, you will see the visitor center on the left. By continuing across the bridge, you will enter the park grounds.

For more information: http://www.mostateparks.com/route66.htm

 
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