SOUTHERN RIVER ROAD 92 MILES • Hwy 61; Rtes H, C, CC
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tion in the Mississippi River near the winery, if you have a taste for red and white French hybrid wines. Follow Route C south until you cross Blue Shawnee Creek. Keep straight on Route C as it turns into Route CC, and pass over Muddy Shawnee Creek. It’s a peaceful, winding ride to the intersection of Route CC and Highway 61, the southernmost point of the trip. Make a left onto Highway 61. The west side of the loop shows off the rolling hills of the uplands. Stop in Old Appleton for a taste of downhome southern Missouri, and visit the historic truss bridge on Main Street, a great place to take a refreshing dip on a hot day. After the original bridge flooded, the community restored it as a national historic place. Today, the bridge is open to pedestrian traffic and is a recreation spot for locals and visitors. Next on the journey up Highway 61 is Perryville, a great pit stop with all the amenities you need to refuel or grab some grub. After Perryville, the highway will take you back to St. Mary, then on to Ste. Genevieve.
MISSOURI DIVISION OF TOURISM
STE. GENEVIEVE is known for being the oldest European settlement west of the Mississippi. Taking a tour of any of its historic French colonial homes is worth a stop at the beginning or end of your ride along the Southern River Road. The area is well-known for its wineries. The route itself winds along the southern Missouri area of the Mississippi River toward the big college town of Cape Girardeau. After you explore Ste. Genevieve, head south on Highway 61 along the Great River Road. In about ten miles and after crossing a branch of the Mississippi River, you will find St. Mary. The highway travels through the town and intersects with Route H. Make a left onto Route H. This leg of the route showcases the lowlands of the Mississippi River. Approximately seven miles down the road, Route H meets Route 51. Make a left and an immediate right to get onto Route C. This road continues all the way to Altenburg. Be sure to visit the Tower Rock Winery, named after the ninety-foot-high rock forma-
MISSOURI STATE PARKS
Felix Vallé House State Historic Site