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Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

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Address: 5901 S Highway 163, Columbia, MO 65203-8915
Phone Number: 573-449-7402
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Just minutes from Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park gives visitors...

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.

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Best State Park in Central MO

Rock Bridge is a park for everyone. If you like a nice quiet stroll through the woods or slamming down a rocky hillside on your mountain bike, you have to come here. Just outside... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Greg M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rock Bridge is a park for everyone. If you like a nice quiet stroll through the woods or slamming down a rocky hillside on your mountain bike, you have to come here. Just outside of Columbia, this place offers a great escape from the hustle of the growing city. The rock bridge that the park is named after is massive.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been going to this park since I was a small child. There are great boardwalks to a cave called "Devils ice box" there are other numerous trails. Dogs love to run through the woods. It's a great place to find Pokemon if you are into that sort of thing. There are maps and safety precautions at major trail... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first visit to the park, but definitely will not be our last. We drove over from St. Louis to spend the day in Columbia and eat some Shakespear's Pizza. While looking for things to do, I found the park. We had a great time. The trails are well groomed and marked pretty well. We hiked to Rock... More 

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Gander, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this park on a hot sunny day with my daughter. The trails are easy to maneuver however there are a lot of steps which might prove to be difficult for some. When you're walking through the woods, you feel as if you're in a jungle....it's very humid and the sounds of the birds makes you feel very close to... More 

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Thank Carmel P
Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Took our grandson here for a few hours...really enjoyed the wooden walkways...also have natural paths that can be explored too...great place for a picnic

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Thank sharonwain1234
Columbia, Missouri, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

This beautiful park is a great place to go to get away from it all. There is a natural bridge, hiking trails, picnic shelters and more.

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Thank Brian B
Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Went to Rock Bridge with my son while doing the State Parks passport program. We went down to the Rock Bridge and down into the Devil's Icebox. The hike wasn't too strenous (a lot of stairs) and it was pretty great when we got down there. My six year old loved walking in the water under the bridge and feeling... More 

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Took our two boys here in August. A bit hot but most of the park is shaded. Devil's Icebox was a hit, mostly boardwalk and stairs down to the cave. Would recommend water shoes if you want to walk around in the cave. We also did the Sinkhole trail. Wear good shoes for this one, lots of rocks. It was... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

We did the short Devil's Icebox trail. There were lots of stairs but the trail is all boardwalk - perfect for burning energy of 4 and 7 year olds. The views were beautiful. This was a great stop during a road trip and I would definitely recommend it to others.

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Thank Traci L
Ozark, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

We brought our 12 and 13 year old here, and we all had a blast. Tons of trails to choose from. You could stay an hour or all day exploring. Our kids LOVED being able to walk around in the water and explore under the cave. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the trails need to be... More 

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