Mississippi Greenway: Biddle Street Riverfront to Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

The Mississippi Greenway is an 11-mile greenway that stretches along the Mississippi River between Biddle Street in downtown St. Louis and the Old Chain of Rocks bridge. It features a flat, paved trail that winds between the floodwall and offers views of the industrial riverfront that even most native St. Louisans have never seen before. It also provides visitors with sweeping views of the mighty Mississippi.

When construction is complete on the Central Riverfront at the base of the Gateway Arch grand staircase, you will be able to ride or walk an additional 1.5 miles on a separated bike and pedestrian path that parallels the riverfront.
You will also be able to connect to the pathways on the newly renovated Arch grounds and walk or ride directly into downtown St. Louis.

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Latitude: 38.636645 Longitude: -90.181669 Elevation: 424 ft

Recreational Opportunities

The paved trail in the greenway (also known as the Riverfront Trail)  is perfect for walking and bicycling. It also connects to the Madison County (Illinois) Transit trail system via the McKinley Bridge and Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. 

The Historic Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing, Missouri’s first nationally designated Underground Railroad historic site, is approximately halfway between Biddle Street and the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. This is where a group of African Americans held in slavery in Missouri attempted a daring escape across the Mississippi River to freedom in Illinois.

Greenway visitors will also pass by tiny Rootwad Park adjacent to the Laclede Power Building. This “pocket park” features embellishments from the late Bob Cassilly, a famous St. Louis artist and founder of the City Museum.

The City of St. Louis’ Riverfront Park is on the northern end of the greenway, and Maline Creek crosses through the greenway as it travels toward the Mississippi River.

 

Seasons Accessible

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

Fees

There are no fees to visit the greenway.

Accessibility Notes

The paved trail is flat and accessible for wheelchairs. There are limited restroom facilities.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome, but must be kept on a leash that is no longer than six feet.

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