Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Columbia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I walked <2 miles on the Moon Loop and got 11 ticks on my clothes. Trailhead off the Ginn Lane was a bit hidden. On the bright side, the sunrise and scenery were beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Not exactly a walk through nature. trail goes through a neighborhood, along the road and past some storage facilities. did appreciate benches tho. overall not bad but I don't think it's one we will do again.

Awesome trail with great exploration

Nice nature trail that is a stop on the Great Missouri Birding Trail. The mapped version on the app is an abbreviated version of the trail, as the actual trail is 3 miles in length. The trail mostly passes through forest and along creeks and ridge lines above creeks. The last quarter mile of the trail follows a gravel road.

There are several creek crossings where you may get your feet wet. Some nice rock features and bluffs can be seen next to the creeks. The highlight of the trail was the varied number of wildflowers, which were beautiful.

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.

beautiful views. love this trail

Great family trail

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.

Beautiful trail

backpacking
3 months ago

Very rugged terrain. There are several areas of the trail that have deep horse ruts. It would probably be impassable if it was muddy. Trails were somewhat marked. Lots of hills. Cross over several creeks, or the same creek several times. Camped alone a portion of Smith Creek. Saw a few other campsites along the way. Good for a one-nighter close to home. Will probably go back and explore the area again and spend another night. Decent stay.

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.

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.

Nice area but not an easy walk by any means due to horse ruts

hiking
4 months ago

Simple walk around a prairie.

hiking
4 months ago

The sink holes were fascinating. You were never out of the site of one. Nice loop from Conner's cave, around the hill top back to the cave.

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

Excellent three mile loop. Crosses stream 6 times. Very well laid out. Do clockwise. Backpack camping allowed.

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

walking
5 months ago

Very nice grassy prairie area with some variety of scenery including small pods, numerous trees, shrubs, and habitats. The trail is wide and easy. Very nice for a relaxing stroll. Peaceful are as this trail is a little ways alway from the hustle.

road biking
9 months ago

Great trail for walking, biking, and hiking. Connects Albert-Oakland Park with Cosmo Park. The only major obstacle is a short section on sidewalks.

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.

I wish more of this was paved because only part is, so you cooooould take a stroller but can't cuz of the gravel. But it's nice and pretty and well maintained:)

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

This was a really cool hike! Right now (August) all the water was very very low, so we managed to avoid getting wet at all. There were really cool places you could climb and so many unique sights to see. Also, there was like nobody there, which was really nice. The only thing negative was it wasn't marked well. There were arrows and letters, but we didn't know what any if it meant and there were arrows pointing in every direction so that didn't help at a fork in the road... There were way more trails the the "3 mile trail" they advertise. We ended up hiking about 4 miles because the trails were confusing. Which was fun, don't get me wrong! We had a baby on a schedule, so it was a little frustrating, but we made it back okay, it just took longer than expected. Will go back--and will prolly research the maps a little better so we know our way more.

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.

walking
Friday, August 04, 2017

Very cool workout trail in the middle of town. Very easy hike/walk/run/bike. Either paved or a wide gravel path. Benches and work out equipment along the way. Not much for sights tho....

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hiking was a challenge at times only due to poor trail markers. Good cliff views and camping spots.

Kids loved the caves

Load More