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Route 66 State Park, Eureka
(4.1/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Came here to take a walk with my son. Nice an flat and most paths are paved. not much else to talk about. 
  • We go here quite often to hike and ride our bikes . Missouri parks did a great job on this one.Lots of deer to see also. 
  • Not the most obvious place to find not marked as well as it could be but worth the trip. Good buys on memorabilia and very helpful staff. some great pictures in the building 
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  • 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.
  • Formerly Times Beach residential community, Route 66 State Park explores America's famous highway and the culture surrounding it. Also learn the fate of Times Beach before walking through the park grounds were the community once stood. Great historic location providing boat ramp access to the Meramec River as well as fishing from the banks!
  • Beautiful park with plenty of trails, do not forget the bug spray! The flat terrain lends itself to swamp-ish conditions just off the trails which lends itself to swarms of mosquitos.
  • I love this park. By far the most versatile set of trails in the Eureka area. Trails are flat. Flat. Flat. Great place to run or ride your bike. You have paved, packed gravel and about 1 mile stretch of dirt wooded along to the right of access road when you come in. Park also connects to Kircher park and connects all the way to Eureka downtown. Definitely look up the trail map online for Route 66 to discover all the hidden interconnected trails you have access to. Remember this place is flat.
  • It has pretty trails, and they are long enough. However, it is still easy to find restrooms. The area was quiet and relaxing too.