Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

#10 of 689 state parks in Missouri

Best trails in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

1,096 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Missouri? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park ranging from 0.7 to 3.1 miles and from 616 to 816 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Get away from the bustle of everyday life by seeing some of Missouris finest karst features such as the rock bridge or by exploring the forests, streams and restored grasslands of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. While walking the half-mile Devils Icebox Boardwalk, visitors can view the rock bridge, have the opportunity to explore Connors Cave on their own, and see an underground stream, small spring and sinkhole. The 15 miles of trails that traverse the 2,273-acre park are always open to hikers and are conditionally open to bicyclists. Hikers and horseback riders can enjoy the serenity of the 750-acre Gans Creek Wild Area. Before riding, visitors should call the trail condition hotline. Groups can make arrangements to receive a rock bridge/Connors Cave tour or other interpretive programs. Devils Icebox Cave, with over seven miles of passages, can be explored on park-led wild cave tours by advanced registration only. The parks orienteering course will challenge adventurous visitors. Picnic sites, a reservable picnic shelter, and playground equipment make the park a great place for family gatherings. Primitive camping for non-profit youth organizations is available by making advanced reservations.

Show more
Map of trails in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
Park information
Acreage:
2,272 acres
Park hours
Monday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
573-449-7402
Helpful links
Top trails (10)
#1 - Gans Creek Wild Area Trail
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(242)
Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
The solitude and scenic vistas of the 750-acre Gans Creek Wild Area allow visitors to forget the bustling city of Columbia is only a few miles away. Small streams dissect the hills and flow into Gans Creek, which is surrounded by high bluffs. The bottom and sides of Gans Creek are often solid bedrock while other stretches of the stream have gravel bars. Except during heavy rain events, the water flows slowly over riffles and into pools. Spring wildflowers are abundant. Basswood and walnut trees grow on moist, shaded hillsides. Scattered white oaks grace more open forested area. The rocky bluff tops have small glade openings filled with grasses and wildflowers. Coyote and Shooting Star bluffs provide vistas of hills and trees as far as the eye can see.Show more
#2 - Spring Brook Trail Loop via Devil's Icebox Trail
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(187)
Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
Please note that sections of this trail have been reported closed off (09/21/2020). This is the Spring Brook Trail loop which includes a short section of the Devil's Icebox Trail. 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. 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. Show more
#3 - Deer Run Trail
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(181)
Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
Deer Run trail descends to the flat bottomlands and runs along the banks of Little Bonne Femme Creek where it merges briefly with Spring Brook Trail before looping back to its starting point. Deer are common in the area due to the secluded woods and grassy openings. The trail follows the hills along the parks northern and western boundaries and is suitable for mountain biking. It descends to the flat bottomlands and runs along the banks of Little Bonne Femme Creek where it merges briefly with Spring Brook Trail before looping back to its starting point. Deer are common in the area due to the secluded woods and grassy openings. Signs of beavers and muskrats are sometimes seen along the creek. White connector 7 is available to shorten the trail. Mountain biking is permitted only when the trail is dry. Paxton Passage, a half-mile trail owned and maintained by Columbia Public Schools, connects Deer Run Trail with Rock Bridge Elementary School.Show more
#4 - Connors Cave
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(91)
Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 21 m
#5 - Sink Hole Loop Trail
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(120)
Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 47 m
Sinkhole loop trail the trail follows an old road through the historic site of Rockbridge Mills. The trail continues up a forested valley to the top of a ridge where visitors can find old fields and sinkholes. One sinkhole known as Hogs Graveyard Cave. Sinkhole Trail offers sinkholes and much more. After leaving the trailhead in the Devils Icebox parking area, the trail follows an old road through the historic site of Rockbridge Mills. The trail continues up a forested valley to the top of a ridge where visitors can find old fields and sinkholes. One sinkhole known as Hogs Graveyard Cave is 30 feet deep and is gated for safety reasons. Two concrete silos stand as a memorial to the lands agricultural past. White connector 3 is available to shorten the hike and white connector 4 connects with Spring Brook Trail. If accessing from the Grassland Trail parking area, the length is 1.5 miles and takes approximately one hour and 10 minutes to complete. The trail is suitable for mountain biking, which is permitted only when the trail is dry.Show more
#6 - Spring Brook Trail: Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(76)
Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
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.Show more
#7 - High Ridge Trail
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(71)
Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 55 m
High Ridge Trail climbs to a hilltop and follows a ridge before descending to follow Clear Creek. The ridge top follows scenic views of the surrounding park and of native grasslands. White connector 6 reduces the distance to one-half mile. The trail is suitable for mountain biking, which is only permitted when the trail is dry. There is a spur to an access point for the trail off of Rock Quarry Road.Show more
#8 - Karst Trail
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(46)
Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 54 m
Karst Trail is named for all the karst topography that is prevalent in the area. Karst is a German word used to describe land that is filled with sinkholes, caves and underground streams. The terrain is relatively flat with many scattered sinkhole depressions. Some of these depressions are filled with water and the ponds provide good aquatic habitat. About half of the trail passes through woodlands that contain many large white oak trees. The other half goes through native grasslands that include a three-acre prairie remnant. White connector 1 cuts the loop in half. The trail is suitable for mountain biking, which is only permitted when the trail is dry.Show more
#9 - Grassland Trail
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(43)
Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 36 m
Native grasses clothe the gentle terrain that is marked with scattered wooded sinkholes. Natural sinkhole ponds provide habitat for wetland plants and animals. White connector 2 cuts the loop in half. There are two spurs off this trail that lead to High Point Lane and Rock Bridge Lane, two county roads west of the trailhead. The trail is suitable for mountain biking, which is permitted only when the trail is dry.Show more
#10 - Springbrook Trail and Deer Run Trail Loop
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(19)
Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m