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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.
- 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.
Recreation - Fishing
The Meramec River is one of the most diversified rivers in North America. More than half of the fish species in Missouri are found in the Meramec River. All three of the black bass can be fished, along with catfish, panfish and trout. Anglers can enjoy fishing on the Meramec River from sunrise to sunset. Fishing is prohibited on any nearby ponds.
Route 66 State Park provides a boat ramp for easy access to the Meramec River. There are no fees for use of the ramp.
The park area abounds with oak, hickory, river birch, cottonwood and pine trees and is home to a diverse set of plants, many deer and wild turkeys. A variety of more than 40 different bird types have been identified in the park.
In addition to bicycling and walking, the picnic grounds - nestled among the shade trees - offer the park visitor a relaxing place to sit and have a snack, or just time to enjoy the serene splendor of nature.
Forest and Dogwood shelters can accommodate up to 75 people each and are reservable. Each shelter can be reserved for $50 per day or $25 per half day. To reserve a shelter, please call (636) 938-7198.
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 color
Climate - Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.
97 North Outer Road, Suite 1
Eureka, MO 63025