“scramble, hike and bicycle through this scenic park”
Just minutes from Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park gives visitors the chance to scramble, hike and bicycle through a scenic environment – and lets them peek into Missouri’s underworld. The park contains some of the most popular hiking trails in the state and also offers solitude while hiking in the Gans Creek Wild Area. Visitors can also see a large cave system with its rock bridge, sinkholes, a spring and underground stream at the Devil's Icebox. You can explore Connor's Cave in the light of the opening for a taste of the underground world. Missouri has been blessed with an unusual diversity of native plants, animals and scenic areas. The state has some of the largest springs in North America and the second greatest number of caves in the United States. There are tallgrass prairies, deep rich forests, barren glades and numerous crystal clear streams. All these make for an unusually varied, beautiful and interesting natural history that has shaped Missouri's cultural history as well.
Very easy to get to and a great place to take a break from a drive, hike and enjoy nature! Follow the signs for Devils Icebox for a short, easy hike that is about a half mile loop. There is a cave and the rock bridge in that loop. As a heads up, the cave is closed during parts of March and April to protect bats in hibernation, but it's still worth the trip. You can walk under rock bridge and see a little waterfall.
The people who take care of this park do a great job and definitely care about nature and the wildlife there.
Great place. You'll need about 90 minutes to check it out. You could easily spend more than that time here. Lots of well marked walking and hiking paths. Water was flowing and you can easily explore under the rock.
Nothing too cool besides the cave. Good for a walk
Maybe I missed something, but I thought it was a bit boring. Maybe I'll try it again and then change my review, but for now I am not really sure what's so great about it.
Really easy to get to and very pretty! Wish we could've stayed longer.
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Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
- Mon: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Tue: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- Thu: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- Sun: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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