MCT Confluence Trail
A Confluence Attraction

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Participating Confluence Organization
Madison County Transit

Along the Mississippi River levee in Illinois, from 20th St. in Granite City north to Russell Commons Park in Alton.

(By car to Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Illinois) From Illinois Route 3 in Madison County, turn west on Chain of Rocks Road (first stop light south of I-270). Follow road across Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge. Roadside parking is available at the entrance to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.
(By car to Russell Commons Park) From St. Louis take I-270E to Missouri Highway 367 (exit 31B toward Alton). Merge onto Lewis and Clark Boulevard, which becomes US 67 North. Turn slightly right onto Ridge Street, then right onto East Broadway and right onto Central Avenue. Russell Commons Park is located at 100 Central Avenue.
(By bike) The MCT Confluence Trail is currently accessible from Missouri via the St. Louis Riverfront Trail and the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. Its northern terminus in Alton is located quite near the southern trailhead of the Sam Vadalabene Bikeway. (All three of these features are described on this website.)

Trail Map
For a map of the trail visit

Current Features
Sixteen-mile levee-top trail paralleling the Mississippi River, sections surfaced in either asphalt or oil-and-chip. Popular stops along the trail, noted below, all have available parking and are described elsewhere on this website:
Chouteau Island, Madison County IL
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, Madison County IL
Lewis and Clark State Historic Site and Monument, Hartford IL
National Great Rivers Museum/Lock & Dam 26 Visitors Center, East Alton IL
Currently, two extensions of the MCT Confluence Trail go to:
Eastgate Shopping Center and Ice Rink, East Alton IL (two-miles) and
Bluff Trail, Edwardsville IL (five-mile on-road connection via New Poag Road at Hartford)
Parking is also available at these locations.

For more information about the MCT Confluence Trail and other MCT trails and services, see

Effective April 1 - Mid 2009
The U.S. Corps of Engineers will be working on the levee between Chain of Rocks Road and Cahokia Creek until 2009, creating rocky conditions for cyclists and runners on the MCT Confluence Trail in this area. The Confluence Trail may or may not be closed during this period. Please ride with caution in this area until further notice.