Old Route 66

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

We crossed the Mississippi River on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, the original crossing of Route 66 from 1929 to 1970. It is now a pedestrian/bicycle trail connecting Illinois to Missouri. It was very cool walking through the tree tops and out over the water. Standing over the middle of the Mississippi, surrounded by history (literally, shout out to MIKE, 1978) and watching the water flow slowly past was an unexpected treat on our Missouri adventure.

Free parking and bridge access are on the Illinois side, watch for the signs on Rte 3 near Madison, Ill. Oh, and heads up, there are no bathrooms onsite. If you are taking your four-legged friends out on the bridge, bring a baggie! Please!

For in-depth information, please visit the national parks website at this address: https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/chain_of_rocks_bridge_illinois_missouri.html