The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, at 5,353 feet long, is one of the world's longest bicycle and pedestrian bridges. The Bridge spans the Mississippi River and provides a vital link in the bi-state trail system, connecting to the St. Louis Riverfront Trail in Missouri and the MCT Confluence Trail in Illinois. The Bridge, once part of the beloved Route 66, has a rich history and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bridge Hours :
The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge will be open between 9 am and dusk until further notice. When the Bridge is closed, please use the McKinley Bridge to cross the Mississippi River. From the Missouri entrance to the Bridge, the McKinley Bridge can be accessed seven miles south on the Riverfront Trail. From the Illinois entrance to the Bridge, the McKinley Bridge can be accessed by taking the MCT Confluence Trail south to bike-friendly IL Rt. 3 South (8 miles).
In extreme winter weather the Bridge may be closed. For more information call 314-436-1324 x 107.
Free parking is available at the Illinois Bridge entrance and at North Riverfront Park, south of the Bridge along the Riverfront Trail. The Missouri Bridge entrance will only be open for vehicle parking during special events. Secure parking will be available for these events.
The Riverfront Trail is an 11-mile asphalt multi-use trail that runs along the Mississippi River between Laclede’s Landing area north to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. The trail provides an opportunity for users to experience historic and industrial sections of St. Louis as well as natural river scenery. Major attractions along the trail include the Laclede Power Center, “Reflections on a River” floodwall art mural, Native Plant Nursery, Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Underground Railroad Site (the first nationally designated Underground Railroad Site in the state of Missouri), North Riverfront Park and the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. The AmeriCorps Trail Rangers patrol the trail and assist with projects at the Native Plant Nursery and Meachum Site. In 2007, Riverfront Trail enhancements including re-paving, new signage, parking, rest areas and drinking fountains were completed by the Great Rivers Greenway District and the City of St. Louis.
The Ted Jones Trail extends under I-70 in a 392-foot long box tunnel, an excellent location for a public art project that creates an engaging, enjoyable, attractive and out of the ordinary space to move through on bike or on foot. Justin Tolentino, designer and main artist, worked with Jim McKelvey of Third Degree Glass Factory to design and produce a three-dimensional mural throughout the tunnel. The artists worked with students from McCluer High School and teachers, Pam Hellwege and Michele Motil, to complete the project that was dedicated in May 2006.
Grant’s Trail, located in South St. Louis County, is an eight-mile asphalt multi-use trail extending from the Orlando Gardens Trailhead at Hoffmeister Avenue to Leffingwell Dr. adjacent to the I-44 overpass in Kirkwood. In addition to being a great place to ride bicycles, use in-line skates or walk, the trail offers a number of other attractions including a BMX park, butterfly garden, connection to St. Louis County Clydesdale Park, Grant’s Farm, nature walks through the woods, Orlando Gardens Bed and Breakfast, Whitecliff Park and the Crestwood Community Center and Whitehaven National Historical Site.
MetroBikeLink, a four-mile asphalt multi-use trail, is a major east-west trail in the metro-east region providing the backbone for the St. Clair County trails system. The trail is fully integrated with the MetroLink light rail system, with bike racks at park & ride lots and the ability to take bikes on MetroLink. This allows trail users to commute to work completely on the trail and ride or walk portions of their commute.