Natural Bridge Trail: Grand Gulf State Park is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Thayer, Missouri that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
the Natural Bridge Trail is a .8 mile loop that overlooks the grand gulf, a large collapsed cave system, offering a glimpse into the gulf as you walk along the edge and through the Grand Gulf Natural Area. The Grand Gulf is known as the "Little Grand Canyon. The park is one of the natural wonders of the Ozarks, presenting the most spectacular collapsed cave system in the Ozarks. The "Grand Gulf" stretches for more than a mile between 130 foot high walls.
short but very nice
Nice clear path.
short but really nice scenery
Nice little trail worth the stop if your traveling through. There is steps located near the restroom area that leads down to a small waterfall which is worth the trip. The trail that leads around the collapsed cave has some good scenery, but be cautious. There is some pretty big drop offs.
Not a bad trail. Several scenic views. It is a short trail of .8 mile. The steps that go down to bottom of the canyon are really neat.
This is a very cool place with a couple of short trails that show off this geographic feature that is very unique to the area. The blue trail is a .8 mile trail that loops around the rim of the "gulf" with wooded views of the steep cliffs. The red loop is shorter but offer much better views of this small canyon system. There is even a series of steps that allow you to walk down into the bottom of the feature where there is a cave. At the time of our visit there was a good deal of water in the bottom and there was very cool water coming out of the cave into a small pool.
The depth of the canyon was very impressive by Missouri standards and this is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. We walked both loops and spent a little over an hour there.
Trail is well marked and is nice for the whole family.
if you live near and havent been here you should check it out.you can see it all in an hour so i wouldnt expect a hiking adventure.
The collapsed cavern created an interesting landscape not found in Missouri elsewhere. I found it interesting but not spectacular. The trail seemed brushy, not picturesque. Did it in the spring before leaves came out, that probably made it less attractive.