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Route 66 State Park, Eureka

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Route 66 State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Missouri, located on the former site of the town of Times Beach. It is a 419acre park located less than east of Eureka.HistoryTimes Beach was bought, dismantled, and decontaminated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency following the discovery of widespread dioxin contamination in the 1980s. Fields of wild grass and brush now grow where the homes of evacuated residents formerly stood. Deserted streets line the park and hint at what once was a resort community in west Saint Louis County.Route 66 bridgeThe visitor center, located in the old Bridgehead Inn on the east side of the Meramec River, was joined to the park on the west side by the old Route 66 bridge. The bridge has been closed because of safety concerns. The park itself is accessible only from east-bound Interstate 44 at exit 265. The visitor center is accessed from either direction at exit 266 and is cut off from the park it serves.Activities and amenitiesThe park has a boat ramp providing access to the river as well as a picnic area and trails for hiking, cycling, and equestrian use. The visitor center exhibits photos and memorabilia of structures along Route 66 in the Saint Louis area which have been torn down and replaced by modern shopping centers and strip malls. Displays include the first historic Route 66 marker, originally erected on the highway in Springfield, Missouri, as well as an interpretation of the ecological disaster and 20-year cleanup of the area.
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  • September 16, 2017
    This very nice park is right off the highway and very easy to access by car. Went there and had a great view of the total solar eclipse. Lots of nice picnicking spots and had water fountains etc. Be s...  more »
  • September 14, 2017
    We enjoyed reading the history available at the visitor center, looking at all the great pictures and memorabilia. Worth the stop if you are interested in The Mother Road. The lady there was so helpfu...  more »
  • August 30, 2017
    The ranger at the visitor center was very helpful for the eclipse. The center has a free museum to learn about route 66, early driving experience in the 1930's and 1950's, the floods of the Meramec Ri...  more »
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  • May 28, 2017
    Huge shout out to the lady behind the counter, Deborah! She was an awesome help and very informed about the "Mother Road" and just a fun and fantastic person to talk to while visiting the visitor's center! The park is somewhat difficult to get to. I didn't get the chance to walk around the trails at all, but I'm glad I stopped!
  • April 25, 2017
    Somewhat difficult to get to, we had to double back because there is only one off-ramp that leads there. However, the bike trails there are really flat. The outer trail that goes by the river is better to hike on. It is paved, but the pavement is uneven and cracked.
  • November 12, 2016
    I'm all about the visitors center at each park. I try to visit a new park every month and I always go to the visitors center first. It can make or break my hikes. Route 66 did not disappoint. Friendly staff, clean facilities, and a great little "Route 66" exhibit. There was also some interesting Times Beach, MO items. Another gem in the MO state parks system. The trails are not particularly great for hiking, but it's still a nice park and is great for a walk/jog with friends. Biking or Rollerblading out here is great too.
  • February 2, 2017
    Amazing State Park! One of the best biking parks around the County! I love the fact that this place is quiet and has so many pathways you can ride. Beginner or advanced riders are welcomed here and you will love it.
  • April 4, 2017
    Beautiful park. Pretty well maintained. Great place to go for a run or a bike ride.

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