Site of Fort Belle Fontaine, first U.S. military installation west of the Mississippi River and a stopover point for expeditions heading west. On their return trip to St. Louis in 1806, Lewis & Clark spent a night at the fort. The fort is gone, its site covered by shifts in the Missouri River, but interpretive signs explain the site's significance. FREE

13002 Bellefontaine Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63138

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Cool fort
Reviewed By thewanderingmeatball August 2023

Really cool fort with a few miles of trails. You have to check in with security on your way in but it only takes a second. The best part is the staircase leading to the river.

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A Winter Walk thru Nature & History
Reviewed By JMCSTL January 2021

My wife & I joined a cold but sunny January morning trail walk led by friendly volunteers through the upland prairie & wetlands & woodlands & creek basin of the NPS's Fort Belle Fontaine Park. The...

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Great Hiking Trail & Ruins
Reviewed By Sarah W November 2020

My friend and I came here for the hiking trail and were very surprised at how cool it was! We knew there would be spooky ruins but didn’t know we would see white water rushing by us from the Missouri...

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