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The Chain of Rocks Bridge is one of the most interesting bridges in the country. Its unusual 30-degree turn at the center of the structure once made it a significant landmark for travelers. At 5,353 feet long, it is one of the world's longest pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Its name is derived from the 17-mile shoal—a series of rocky rapids—call the Chain of Rocks that begins just north of St. Louis. The mile-long bridge is only 24 feet wide and sits 60 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. Today, it serves as a link in a multi-state trail system by connecting the MCT Confluence Trail in Illinois to the St. Louis Riverfront Trail in Missouri. In 2006, the Chain of Rocks Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Chain of Rocks Bridge once was a part of historic Route 66, serving as a link to connect Illinois and Missouri at the point of the Mississippi River. From the bridge, visitors can witness an amazing view of the Mississippi River and the St. Louis skyline. The site also features Route 66 memorabilia, interpretive signs, and fun photo opportunities along the bridge.
The below video clip offers a quick visual tour of some of the best Route 66 attractions that visitors can explore in Saint Louis.
Today, the bridge is open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic only. It is not advised to park at the Missouri trail end. Rather, parking is available at the Illinois Bridge entrance and North Riverfront Park, just south of the Chain of Rocks Bridge along the Riverfront Trail. However, car vandalism can occur around the area. It is strongly advised to stow away all valuables and lock all vehicle doors. Parking is at your own risk.
Chain of Rocks Bridge by Jack FitzWilliam via Unsplash.