Devil's Icebox Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, MO that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Devils Icebox Trail is primarily a boardwalk with several short spurs, viewing platforms and numerous stairs. The trail takes visitors to the most impressive geological features in the park including the 63-foot high natural tunnel known as the Rock Bridge and the double sinkhole. Devils Icebox Trail is primarily a boardwalk with several short spurs, viewing platforms and numerous stairs. The trail takes visitors to the most impressive geological features in the park including the 63-foot high natural tunnel known as the Rock Bridge and the double sinkhole entrance to Devils Icebox and Connors Cave. Also of interest are a limestone glade, Connors Spring and a valley formed by the collapse of part of the Devils Icebox Cave system. Displays tell visitors more about the cave system and the areas history. The hike down the stairs to the double cave entrance is refreshingly cool in the summer months. Devils Icebox Cave, which is upstream (to the right) is closed to the public. Visitors are permitted to wade in the underground stream at the cave entrance and into the 150-foot long Connors Cave, which is downstream (to the left). Flashlights, helmets and good shoes are recommended. The trail shares a short section with Spring Brook Trail and links to Sinkhole Trail.
Sücks to many people.+they covered they covered the area with wood that prevents us as people to see what it really was!
Trails are well defined but little or no signage at junctions. Main trail was crowded on Saturday afternoon side trails were almost deserted so carry a map or be willing to ask other hikers for directions. Easy trails a good afternoon hike.
Loved this trail! Was beautiful in the fall. Relaxing, easy hike where you can admire the sites. Make sure you check out the natural bridge!
Fun trail!Cave is cool!
This trail is entirely wooden and railed in. It offers gorgeous scenery and you can read about the area on information posts. Nearby there are several other trails as well if you are feeling more adventurous. For me, this trail was a bit boring, and I usually go off onto one of the connecting trails. However, this would be great for families or people just wanting an easier walk in nature. Be warned that there are still quite a few steps.
Good for a day trip and a picnic, very popular spot to take the kids. This trail also connects with Spring Brook and Sinkhole Trails, which we did brief excursions on during the couple hours we were there, so you can extend the hike if you're feeling adventurous.
Great wooden deck trails that make walking through this park easy and clean. Many lookout points along the way. Information about the cave and bats is also provided right before the cave. Nice and easy trip that's quick and requires little effort.
The Devils Icebox is a unique sight from most trails and being by it reminds you of why you love being outdoors! You hear nothing but wildlife, water running all while being surrounded under a lush canopy.
Unique natural feature. Park has up to 12 miles total hiking, mountain biking, or horse back riding trails. Great picnic areas.
My Family and I love all of the trail at Rock Bridge. They are easy to navigate, clean, and generally well marked and blazoned. We take our almost 2 year old frequently. If someone is looking for more rugged, less blazoned trails, they can try the Gans Creek Wild Area that is right next to the park.
There are many trails at Rock Bridge State Park, the most interesting ones being the Devil's Icebox trail, the Deer Run Trail, and the Spring Brook Trail. None of them offer real challenging terrain, but they all offer interesting scenery and an escape from the city of Columbia, just a couple miles to the north. The trails are well maintained and in most places wide and easily traversed. The Devil's Icebox trail is probably the most travelled. Bikers and trail runners use the other trails, so it's important to keep an eye out for them as you are hiking.
There are 8 trails in the park that are very varied in terms of length, difficulty and what you see - all less than 3 miles in lengnth. Some are just hiking, others are hiking and allow bikes. The most visited trail brings you down into the Devils Icebox. This trail is all boardwalk style and has lots of steps to get down into the sinkhole. Very cool - even in the middle of summer. The Spring Brook trail is a 2.5 mile loop that has some good vertical climbs and crosses the Little Bonne Femme Creek - if it has been raining lately you will have to get wet to cross the creek. Overall a great set of trails all very close to the middle of Columbia.