Meramec Greenway: Lions Park to Route 66 State Park

This section of the Meramec Greenway (paved) is located near the intersection of I-44 and Highway 109 in the city of Eureka. It crosses under Interstate 44 near the City of Eureka and extends 1.7 miles between Lions Park and Route 66 State Park. Also known as the Flat Creek Trail, visitors can see a specially designed conservation area that aims to preserve the creek banks and natural habitat for wildlife, birds and native plants.

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Latitude: 38.499947 Longitude: -90.632482 Elevation: 458 ft

Recreational Opportunities

There is much to see and do along this greenway. On the Lions Park end of the trail, visitors can play tennis and rent a pavilion complete with barbecue grills. There is also a playground, four athletic fields and restrooms.

In Route 66 State Park, you can explore history at the visitor’s center, a 1935 roadhouse called the Bridgehead Inn that sat on the original Route 66. The park is also a great place to see wildlife and is a favorite destination for birdwatchers. Boats can be launched on the Meramec River using the park’s boat ramp, and visitors can fish in the Meramec River.

There are several dining options located a short distance from the greenway on Central Avenue in Eureka – O’Dell’s Irish Pub and Ale House, Joe Boccardi’s Ristorante, Chick N Elly’s and El Nopal.

Seasons Accessible

The Meramec Greenway is open year-round. Please note that the trail is not plowed of snow or ice.


There is no fee to visit the greenway.

Accessibility Notes

The trail is mostly flat and accessible to wheelchairs.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash.

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