Route 66 State Park is part of the Missouri State Parks system. More than 40 types of birds have been identified in the park and picnic sites are sprinkled throughout the park. Restrooms: two year-round outhouses. One at the main parking lot and another near the playground.
The original Route 66 captured Americans’ imagination and exposed millions of citizens to small towns and different cultures across the country. Sample a slice of history at Route 66 State Park’s visitor center, which has displays showcasing the road.
The visitor center is the former Bridgehead Inn, a 1935 roadhouse that sat on the original Route 66 located near the intersection of N Outer Road and Lewis Road (coordinates 38.505750, -90.590917).
Surfaces: mostly paved, some gravel or abandoned blacktop road. Difficulty: easy, flat terrain, paved. Handicapped accessible, usable by scooter or wheelchair. Traffic: heavy bicycle, jogger, and walker trail on weekends. Weekday are significantly lighter.
Directions: Driving West on I-44: take Eureka/Highway 109 [Exit 264]. Turn LEFT (south) at the lights and drive under I-44. Take the left ramp to get BACK ON I-44, eastbound.
Go a short distance a take the FIRST EXIT, onto WILLIAMS ROAD [Exit 265]. Follow it a short distance, to a ‘T’ at the Outer Road. Will see signs for Route 66 Park.
Take LEFT onto OUTER ROAD. It’s a service road that follows along the I-44. Drive past the Equestrian Parking Lot and the Boat Launch Ramp. Take a LEFT at ‘T’ drive under I-44 again. Follow road around until you see the parking lot on the RIGHT.