Spring Brook Trail Loop via Devil's Icebox Trail

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Spring Brook Trail Loop via Devil's Icebox Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
216 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

wildlife

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail with great exploration

hiking
1 month ago

As other reviews state, the map is for Spring Brook Trail, which is a mostly forested trail that crosses a creek and is rated moderate. Some extremely large oaks and sycamore trees can be found along this trail. It’s a 2.3 mile loop trail.

The Devil’s Icebox Trail is an easy half mile boardwalk trail that briefly runs next to the Spring Brook Trail and leads to a 63-foot-high Natural Bridge and Connor’s Cave. Connor’s Cave, of which you can explore the first 166 feet, is listed as a separate trail on this app but it uses the same boardwalk system as the one leading to the natural bridge.

2 months ago

beautiful views. love this trail

hiking
2 months ago

This map is actually for the Spring Brook Trail, but it hooks up with the Devil’s Icebox trail also. Trail was beautiful. Mostly shade and pretty easily navigated. I am glad I had the app because sometimes I would end up on another trail without realizing it. There is one place you have to cross the river, which could be difficult if water is high. But beautiful hike. I will be back.

hiking
4 months ago

so to start this hike is not 2.5 miles devils icebox trail is .50 miles. Very cool spot the natural bridge is awesome and the caves are amazing as well. This hike is all wooden stairs though no dirt trail. If you want to explore connors cave i suggest bringing a good light so you can see. Cave goes back 166ft.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful park, completely worth the drive. Between the caves, big mossy bluffs and flowing creeks..this park has it all. You can take the staircase trails or the nature trails and you won’t be disappointed. 10/10 would recommend.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked it a second time today. Nice trails in the park. Just wished they had backpack or other camping options.

5 months ago

Explore the cave!!

5 months ago

It was very short but very fun. Interacting in the cave and seeing it up close was worth the trip from St. Louis.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Short hike (about .5 mile). All boardwalk with a lot of stairs. Conners Cave was interesting and refreshingly cool (temperature wise). We went on Eclipse Day so there were a fair number of people there. Luckily one of us had a flashlight but more light in the cave would have been better.

11 months ago

We loved it here. All the trails in this area are cool.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Boarded walkways or stairs most of the way now. Still a decent trek. Plenty of places to rest or check out the sights tho. Very well maintained.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Kids loved the caves

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Surprised by the cave.

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Went with my husband and kids ages 5, 8,10 and 15. We all had a really great time exploring the trails and the cave. Very nice quick hike, water shoes and flashlights would be my recommendation for cave exploration.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Really cool trail, it was .5 mi tho, not 2.5.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

very easy and we'll maintained trail

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

Great hike for Missouri! The cave is fun to explore.

hiking
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Nice area, Love hiking with a destination or some high point in the hike.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

This is lot of fun! Bring good shoes (hiking style if you get off the boardwalk though. Only reason it's 4 stars is because they have a boardwalk that hasn't been fixed for 11 years? Lots of fun!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

A classic for CoMO

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Nice hike, not too difficult. Loved the cave and that it didn't have any rules. Most caves you can't even step foot into these days. We had fun exploring and climbing a little bit inside.

hiking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

too many people, didnt like the steps, too commericalized but a good hike

Sunday, October 30, 2016

theres ALOT of people

walking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sücks to many people.+they covered they covered the area with wood that prevents us as people to see what it really was!

hiking
Sunday, May 22, 2016

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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fun trail!Cave is cool!

hiking
Monday, October 19, 2015

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.

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