Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia

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Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Missouri consisting of located in Boone County approximately south of Columbia, Missouri. The park is noted for its excellent examples of karst landforms including the rock bridge, sinkholes, and an underground stream at the cave known as Devil's Icebox. The rock bridge was created by the collapse of a section of a cave which resulted in a small arch of rock being left to form a natural bridge over the creek.
Hilda Neihardt was instrumental in obtaining the land and doing the legal work for the creation of the park.
The park offers several trails for hiking and cycling. The boardwalk on the Devil's Icebox Trail allows visitors to see the park's primary karst features and explore the cave opening at Connor's Cave. Horseback riding is offered in the 750acre Gans Creek Wild Area.
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  • It was surprising how close to the city this state park is. The trails were very clearly marked and the description of each trail was clear and concise. I enjoyed how intuitive the signage was made to...  more »
  • A great little place to go hiking and spend some time outdoors. There are several trails you can hike one and a couple of caves to see. Had fun walking on one of the trails. Be prepared it does have a...  more »
  • Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is one of the highlights of a visit to Columbia, Missouri for anyone who enjoys nature. I went with my niece and her two young sons. We made our way to the Devil's Ice ...  more »
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  • This park is one of our favorite places to explore. It's beautiful and the kids enjoy hopping from rock to rock under the rock bridge. We usually do the longer trail but there's a lot of steps (I mean a LOT!) and the youngest was not going to make it and we weren't going to carry her. But to get to the actual rock bridge it's flat and easy. The park is beautiful in all seasons, even with no leaves on the trees in late fall we found things to look at despite the lack of foliage. If you're ever looking for a free activity close to Columbia, consider stopping for a visit.
  • Postings could be better. Ended up taking the 3 Mike hike instead of 1.5. but, still great!
  • Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is right outside Columbia and a great place to hike and see amazing karst geology. We hiked the Devil's Icebox Trail, a short trail that is mostly boardwalk and wooden stairs. It first leads to the Rock Bridge, the park's namesake, a huge natural tunnel that you can walk under. There's even a small waterfall under here. A little bit further is the Devil's Icebox, a double sinkhole leading to two caves. Connors Cave may be explored, but Devils Icebox Cave is closed to the public. We didn't have flashlights or caving gear so only went a short ways into Connors Cave. Overall, an awesome place for a hike and to see amazing geological features. Bring a helmet, good flashlight or headlamp and appropriate shows if you want to explore Connors Cave.
  • This is my favorite state park and one Ive been to countless times since I was a child. There are many paths to take and it is a very large park. Meaning every trip could be different. One path has a wooden walkway that leads to a small cave with bats and an underground river. Its a beautiful place. It has an air of magic and nostalgia for me. And I hope everyone who goes loves it just as much. Defiently should go if you are needing some pure nature.
  • Awesome cave, cool rock bridge. Nice walking trails, worth visiting
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