Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

St. Louis, Missouri

IllinoisMissouriRoadside Attraction

This Route 66 attraction was once an essential part of the cross-country journey, taking travelers from Illinois, across the Mississippi river, and into Missouri (or vice versa). While you can no longer drive the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, it’s still worth a trip to walk (or bike) across and admire.

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge spans just over a mile across the Mississippi River, connecting Chouteau Island (part of Madison, Illinois) to St Louis, Missouri. It was built privately as a toll bridge in 1929 and, after a reroute in 1935, became a quintessential crossing for travelers on Route 66.

The bridge was perhaps best known for its most unusual feature: a 30 degree bend. Most bridge designs are straight, with curves being rare and a sharp bend even rarer. But this one veers off to make a safer journey possible for riverboats below.

The bridge was decommissioned in 1970 after a free interstate bridge was erected just to the north in 1966. Traffic declined and it was no longer financially feasible to maintain both. While you can no longer drive across the bridge, it is now open to pedestrians and bicyclists. The non-profit organization Trailnet leased the bridge in 1997 and repaired the bridge. It now serves as a monument to the past, with fun Route 66 displays, reproduced motel signs, benches, vintage Texaco pumps, and more. A fun walk and a fun Instagram selfie await.

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Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis, Missouri Route 66 attraction

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Address:
10820 Riverview Dr, St. Louis, MO 63137

Hours:
9am-8:30pm

Cost:
Free

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Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis, Missouri Route 66 attraction
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis, Missouri Route 66 attraction
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis, Missouri Route 66 attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis, Missouri, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Please note that you should always park on the Illinois side of the bridge. The parking lot there is secured by security cameras while the Missouri side reportedly is susceptible to car break ins. Find the parking lot at 4205-4207 Chain of Rocks Rd, Granite City, IL 62040.
  • There are some fun photo ops to see as you cross the bridge, look for benches, signs, and more.
  • The bridge is open for walking and biking daily at 9am, it closes 30 minutes after sunset.

Where to Stay Near Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest on your road trip with a stay at one of these St. Louis hotels near Route 66.

St. Louis Union Station Hotel

An icon since 1894, the St. Louis Union Station is a vintage gem wrapped in elegant archways and décor. Admire the famous Grand Hall, experience all the on-site attractions, enjoy 3D light shows and a 100-foot waterfall, and access the fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool. All just a mile from downtown St. Louis and a short drive to Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at The Arch

If you want to find a hotel close to the Gateway Arch, you can’t do any better than the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at The Arch. This St. Louis hotel is located less than a five-minute walk to the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium, at the heart of downtown. Enjoy 37-inch flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and hot tub, and a free hot breakfast.

Magnolia Hotel St. Louis

Listed on the National Historic Register, Magnolia St. Louis was originally built in 1924 as the Mayfair Hotel by Charles Heiss, with a hospitality and sophistication in mind. This hotel is known as the birthplace of “chocolates on a pillow,” a tradition influenced by actor Cary Grant’s tryst within his suite.

Enhance your visit to the St. Louis area with a tour! Whether you love family-friendly adventures, landmarks, or nature there are plenty of options for everyone.

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