The West Alton Trail occupies the right-of-way of an old railroad bed. It runs for 2 miles between St. Charles Street at US 67 in West Alton and the Lincoln-Shields Recreation Area at the Mississippi River near the William Clark bridge. The recreation area has a boat launch, picnicking, and restrooms.
The crushed-stone trail is jointly managed by TrailNet, Inc. and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Parking and Trail Access
From St. Louis take Highway 367 north, cross the Missouri River and then make a right on Spur Dike Access Road (by Fisca Service Station). Make an immediate left on the access road and go under Clark Bridge to the new Lincoln-Shields Recreation Area.
Trail to nowhere...
I crossed the Clark Bridge a while back, and took a ride down the West Alton Trail from the Lincoln Shields Rec area, which is mostly parking lot. The further along the trail you go, the worse it is maintained. Beyond a certain point, I couldn't go any ...