Route 66 State Park, Eureka
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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.Put Route 66 State Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Eureka tourist route planner.
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We were looking for Route 66 Tshirts downtown but too expensive. Visited this State Park and found LOTS of Route66 T shirts, denim jackets, bumper stickers, iron on patches and MUCH more at very reaso... read more »
There is a visitor center with knowledgeable guys (park rangers?) who know the history of the area really well--the shocking and sad history of Times Beach, mainly. There is a museum and very extensiv... read more »
I'm formally from this area and am ashamed to admit that I had never stopped here before. Now I'm asking myself, "what was I waiting for?". The museum was very informative and highly nostalgic. For an... read more »
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!
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.
It is nice park. Didn't go down to the river, just too hot that day. Nice view of the original rt 66 bridge over the river.
My sister and I were excited to visit Times Beach because we grew up in that area. We were disappointed to find that nothing at the park was marked as to streets or buildings before the destruction of the city. It was very disappointing since so much effort was put into such a great park. It would have been great to have reminisced about the places in Time Beach from our childhood.
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