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Sandy Creek Covered Bridge Historic Site Walk

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Hillsboro, Missouri

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge Historic Site Walk is a 0.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hillsboro, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.2 miles Elevation Gain: 0 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly



bird watching




Sandy Bridge Covered Bridge is a picturesque historic bridge preserved in a nice park setting. Informational Kiosks describe construction and history of covered bridges in Missouri. It is a short walk in the park to the bridge and back. Sandy Creek Covered Bridge boasts the picture-perfect appearance of an old red barn. It was one of six bridges built in 1872 to allow passage from the Jefferson County seat of Hillsboro to St. Louis. John H. Morse built Sandy Creek Covered Bridge using the Howe-truss design, named for William Howe. Howe patented his design in 1840, which featured the use of vertical rods to draw wooden members tight against the top and bottom of the bridge. Three of the four remaining covered bridges in Missouri were built using the Howe-truss design, including Sandy Creek, Burfordville and Locust Creek covered bridges.

nature trips
9 days ago

A peaceful, forested environment. Isnt much for hiking, but the walk is decent. However , if you are to go near the streams , keep a lookout , there are a few small moccasin dens in the area. These amazing creatures will not bother you if you dont bother them. They love to be photographed though lol. Overall this is a good little getaway place. Great for a picnic or just a good old fashioned nature excursion.

Very nice! Weather was perfect and very peaceful.

Lots of trash and glass watch out for your dog

1 month ago


1 star for the bridge itself - it’s pretty sweet if you’re into old bridges. Unfortunately for me, on this day, a family decided to hijack the bridge for an Easter cellphone photo shoot. I was unable to enjoy it because their crap was strewn about, they were very loud, and a young boy was throwing rocks. No real hike, but the bridge is cool.

There appears to be a trail past the bridge on the left. I followed it for about .5 miles then turned back. It’s little overgrown and don’t have proper gear. Gonna come back more prepared. Looks like has lots of potential!

The covered bridge is amazing but impossible to get a picture of. All sorts of groups taking photos of the bridge as a background. Picnic tables and restrooms here as well. No hike but a great place to stop and take some photos.

8 months ago

I mean, it isn't a hike..but the bridge is fun and playing in the creek can be cool when it is hot.

Sun Mar 31 2019

Not a trail. There is no hiking to it. It is a very cool covered bridge and a lot of history. Has a creek and some picnic tables. When I grew up the story was at midnight a girl would walk across the bridge. It was the ghost of a girl who hung herself in the middle of the covered bridge. I doubt that event even happened, but was something to do back in the day to be scared and go there st night. Their are miles of good back roads you can also take to get there

Sat Mar 23 2019

Beautiful scenery. Not much of a trail. Perfect place for a picnic.

recorded Recording - Mar 16, 03:55 PM

Sat Mar 16 2019

Definitely do not recommend. The bridge is fine, but it wasn't worth the 51 minute drive.

Tue Feb 05 2019

this is a cool bridge to check out but there is not really much for a trail. nice little park.

Sun Nov 04 2018

Pretty covered bridge and peaceful stream. Not really a trail, more of a park with open space to explore. A few short paths to the stream, one leads to a sandbar. Took the dog on a leash. The stream and stone were picturesque and the covered bridge was unique. We were glad we made the trip.

Mon Apr 09 2018

Nice walk. Not really much hiking but rated higher do to scenic views and picnic areas. Great stop if in area to have picnic. There are two trails that aren't very long that trail the creek.

Thu Jan 25 2018

Tue May 23 2017

I like to hike and walk trails. There aren't't any walking trails here it is more of a day use area. Otherwise it's a really nice place

Sun Oct 09 2016

Beautiful bridge. Kid had fun. Trails kinda split off and just end in certain places but was enjoyable walking around with the kiddo.

Sat Jul 16 2016

Fri May 20 2016

An easy short hike along the creek. A picturesque setting with a historical perspective.

Tue Jan 26 2016

I grew up going to Sandy Creek! ❤️

Sat Aug 31 2013

One of only four surviving covered bridges in MO. This is the best preserved and nice setting with the surrounding park. Worth the visit when in the area.

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11 months ago

Mon Jan 15 2018

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