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Route 66 State Park

97 North Outer Road, Suite 1
Eureka, MO 63025
(636) 938-7198

The picnic grounds, nestled among the shade trees, offer you a relaxing place to sit and have a snack, or just time to enjoy the serene splendor of nature.

Route 66 State Park displays the history and mystique of �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 419-acre park is a bonus 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.

The park grounds are open daily from 7 a.m. to one-half hour after sunset year-round. Gates open and close at these times. The visitor center and park office are open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year-round.

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. The trails link to a new trail system in Eureka and will eventually link with portions of Castlewood State Park in Ballwin.

The park's visitor center has a historical display area complete with Route 66 memorabilia. Wandering among the display items, visitors will see the rich architecture of the buildings and towns that graced the roadways of Missouri from the 1930s to the 1960s, and souvenirs that long ago travelers bought on their journey across Missouri on Route 66.

A gift shop, specializing in hundreds of Route 66 items, is also located in the visitor center building.

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