Fort Belle Fontaine Park comprises 305.6 acres on the Missouri River in north St. Louis County, about three miles west of the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. It contains four main areas: the Missouri River; Belle Fontaine Spring; Coldwater Creek; and a 50-acre upland prairie and wetlands. A visit to this site reveals the beauty of the land and wildlife Lewis and Clark observed in 1804 and 1806.
Trail: the Lewis & Clark Interpretative Trail in Fort Belle Fontaine is a 3-mile multi-purpose trail which includes interpretive signage which guides visitors to all four main areas of the park. The trail runs in and out of woody areas and the park has many shady areas on the trail.
Note: There is a very short area on the trail that has small rock on a slightly hilly and rutted area. It is a very small section and it is not difficult but you may experience some very light uncertain footing for a few feet. Going slowly and wearing good non-slippery shoes will handle this fine.
Directions: from Hwy 270 East/North. Take the Mo-367 exit North towards Alton. Drive North to the New Jamestown Road exit. Take a RIGHT turn (east) and travel to the stop sign at Bellefountaine Road. Make a LEFT onto Bellefountain Road and follow it to the park entrance.
The park is located at the far north end of Bellefontaine Road, where it shares and entrance drive with the Missouri Hills Campus of the Missouri Division of Youth Services. Visitors are asked to stop a the guard house, at the entrance to the property and check in with the guard. The small parking area for the trail head is the first area on the left, beyond the guard shack.