“the world's longest pedestrian & bicycle bridge”
At one mile, the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is the world's longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge. The bridge is located just north of St. Louis. The Chain of Rocks Bridge spans the Mississippi River on the north edge of St. Louis, Missouri. The eastern end of the bridge is on Chouteau Island, (part of Madison, Illinois), while the western end is on the Missouri shoreline. The bridge was for a time the route used by U.S. Route 66 to cross over the Mississippi. Its most notable feature is a 22-degree bend occurring at the middle of the crossing. Originally a motor route, the bridge now carries walking and biking trails over the river. A new Chain of Rocks Bridge carries vehicular traffic to the north. The old route to the bridge is now called Chain of Rocks Road and ends near Roman Road. Parking is available at the start of the now pedestrian route. The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Road closed to get to it - pulled along side of road, took a couple pics, but very dangerous maneuver.
Parking is available on the Illinois side ONLY. The Missouri side is closed. This is a great mile long walk that gives the best view of the Mississippi River and St. Louis city skyline.
This is definitely worth a stop. Though it's technically "closed", we just pulled over to the side of the road and hopped the small chain fence. No big deal, there were lots of cyclists and joggers. Gorgeous spot for photos. Well-maintained and not too crowded at all. I suggest hitting it up in the morning.
Awesome view of the Mississippi. fantastic bridge, very much in the spirit of route 66
this wasso worth the stop & was a great place to stretch the legs
No parking on the Missouri side. Parking lot open on the Illinois side.
We really tried to get to this bridge. We approached from the Missouri side, Apple Maps said to get off on Riverview, but based on earlier reviews, I thought the parking would be on the Illinois side, plus views of the St. Louis skyline. I got Waze to give me a circuitous route to “Old Chain of Bridge parking” but the road and all alternate roads to cross the levy that runs parallel to the Mississippi River there were closed. If you are going to try to get to it, I’d say try from the Missouri side on Riverview Rd ( which is old Rt. 66) off of I-270.
Road closed both sides. We saw it but couldn't get to it.
Parking on the Illinois side. Ask Google Maps for the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Parking. Nice long walk all the way across.
The old Chain of Rocks Bridge should be re-named:Julie&Robin Kerry Memorial bridge-in memory of the Kerry sisters who lost their life on this bridge.
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