A vibrant metropolis located in the heartland of the United States, St. Louis is not only known for its iconic Getaway Arch but also for being a biker-friendly city.
As such, it is a great starting point for your exciting biking adventures.
In this article, we will discuss a thrilling route that will take you from St.Louis, Missouri, to Casey, Illinois. It’s a good 185 miles in length with pauses for meals, breaks for coffee, stops to enjoy scenic views, and more!
So, if you’re in for a long but fun biking adventure, grab your helmet and keys as we go experience what it’s all about!
But before we get to it, remember that there’s lots of room for flexibility - you can always add in more stops, follow different paths in between, and shorten or lengthen the route as per your needs.
Let’s Get Riding
The starting point for this route is at the Gateway Harley-Davidson® Dealership in St. Louis (3600 Lemay Ferry Rd). Considering the length of the ride, we would recommend starting during the early hours of the day. The goal is to have maximum time to explore while enjoying your ride!
From Gateway Harley-Davidson® turn right and Take Union Rd. and Morgan Ford Rd. to Phillips Ave. in St. Louis.
But First - Coffee
From here, you can ride North-west via Union Road towards a coffee shop that is undeniably a local favorite:Hartford Coffee Company, 3974 Hartford St., St. Louis, MO 63116
After getting your caffeine fix, get on to the interstate and ride up to Horner Recreation Park, 11113 Widicus Rd., Lebanon, IL 62254, where you can inhale breaths of fresh air amidst serene and scenic vistas.
Horner Park is built on 58 acres of land and is home to massive trees, lush greenery, tennis courts, a soccer field, plus a five-acre fishing lake, and a short but lovely nature walk. As such, you can expect to enjoy the doings of Mother Nature firsthand at this picturesque location, plus the opportunity to play your favorite sport.
Also, you’ll be able to collect numerous photos of this natural spot for your Instagram!
Moving Forward …
After enjoying natural views at the previous stop, you can follow along with US-40 E, which will take you through Pierron, Greenville, and Mulberry Grove, amongst other sometimes even historic places.
Your goal here is to reach the mid-point between St. Louis and Casey: Vandalia, Illinois. Once you’re there, take a couple of moments to stop at the famous tourist attraction, The Kaskaskia Dragon. 2401-2599 Progress W Dr., Vandalia, IL 62471.
Built-in 1995, this is a fierce, 35-foot long dragon that is free for public viewing. If you’re willing to spend a dollar (literally), buy a ‘dragon token’ from the nearby liquor store to make the dragon spew flames on your demand!
Keep riding and continue along US-40 E. Going through Brownstown all the way to Funkhouser, you will find loads of resting stops and places to eat, such as the Italian Sammy’s Cucina and the American Christoff’s Restaurant.
Continuing along US-40 E, through Woodbury and Greenup, you’ll be led to your final destination: the World’s Largest Rocking Chair in the small town of Casey, Illinois. This 56.5-feet tall chair took around 2 years to build and weighs 46,000 pounds. The cool part is that it actually rocks!
While you’re there, you can enjoy a walk on the path around the rocking chair. The path is beautifully landscaped with flowers.
After you’re done being mesmerized by this record-breaking chair, move on and turn right onto E Main Street to grab some food at Richards Farm Restaurant. With a classic American ambiance, this restaurant has elegant dining areas and a wide array of menu items.
In the mood for something else? devour frozen yogurt at Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, order some good ol’ burgers at McDonalds, or enjoy some much-needed coffee at Casey Coffee. All four of these are within 2 kilometers of the World’s Largest Rocking Chair!
Ready To Hop Onto Your Bike?
We hope you enjoyed this biking guide as much as we did putting it together for you.
With so much to see and do along this route, your ride from St. Louis to Casey will definitely leave you with memories echoing a lifetime. So, what are you waiting for? Go snag that experience!