Spring Brook Trail: Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is a 3.1 mile lightly 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 mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Spring Brook Trail winds its way through woods and old fields, along small intermittent streams. Maples and sycamore trees grace the banks of Little Bonne Femme Creek, which is crossed twice. One crossing is over a 100 ft. foot bridge and the other by wading the stream. Near Gilbert Shelter Spring Brook Trail winds its way through woods and old fields, along small intermittent streams. Maples and sycamore trees grace the banks of Little Bonne Femme Creek, which is crossed twice. At the eastern crossing, a 100-foot bridge provides a dry crossing. The western crossing lacks a bridge and may require minor wadding. During high water, it is not safe to cross. White connector 5 is available to shorten your hike and white connector 4 is available for access to Sinkhole Trail. Mountain biking is permitted only when the trail is dry.
Ok, very moderate effort required, a romp in the woods, needs better marking though, bridges across creek are highlights, does it really take that much to apply some decent trail badges? Picnic and staging area at trailhead are in excellent condition, clean and kept; why not pour about 2 hours' effort into letting hikers know where to go on this hike, since there are other trails in the complex?
Really nice trail even though the path is not well marked and it is easy to end up on another trail.
I love this trail just like all the others in the Rock Bridge system, but they really need to mark their trails better.
Beautiful trail, but not well marked and easy to get lost.
A nice trail good for an afternoon hike. I especially like the section leading down to the wading crossing. There is a more or less intermittent stream tumbling over flat rocks stepping down and several pools.
It's been a while, but the last time I was there the bridge had been heavily damaged in floods and probably unusable. I attempted to bushwack down to where the trail crosses back over the river but couldn't make it.
Trail was beautiful. Keep a map handy, as stated previously, there are a lot of intersecting trails. Trail has a lot of large rocks and it's almost too distracting at times because you have to keep looking down to make sure you don't bust your a&&!
Great little hike, especially with young ones. Option between steps & trail during parts which is nice. Enjoy this trail when I wanna get out, but don't have a lot of time.
Lots of trails intersect in the park, sometimes confusingly. The orange blaze for another trail is very difficult to distinguish from the red blaze for this trail. On a cloudy day, we ended up on the other trail before recognizing we were headed in another direction.
This was a great trail. It is in the woods, so there is plenty of cover from the sun. As the description says: woods, fields, and streams. Typical Missouri terrain. The only other thing I can say is follow the trail closely by using the colored squares on trees and trail markers. The park has done a good job of marking them.