The River Des Peres is not St. Louis' answer to the Danube. It's not even our answer to adequate storm drainage. But a ride along the River Des Peres Greenway feels European, as you cross bridges, roll through glades, coast down green corridors and trace a nineteenth-century park. Start at the Shrewsbury MetroLink Station to begin this twelve-mile round-trip trek, and head southeast on the bike path along the river. While you're noticing the cattail marshes, lonely New St. Marcus Cemetery and the Fultz baseball field, notice also how light the traffic is, even on weekends. Before you reach Morgan Ford Road, take the bridge over the river and head farther south, to the path's end at I-55 and Germania Street. Looping back along the channel, detour down the Christy Greenway, a lush, wide path past the Old St. Marcus Cemetery and toward Carondelet Park, attainable with a quick ride up Holly Hills Boulevard. Add a sprint around the public greens and ponds before heading back. It's a revelatory ride for beginners and intermediate cyclists, a definitive Tour de St. Louis.
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