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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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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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
sharonwain1234
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Columbia, Missouri
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Columbia, Missouri
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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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Thank Joy M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very cool way to be in nature. I do not personally feel like you have to be in excellent shape to walk this trail, however I do not recommend taking someone who has a hard time walking stairs or long distances. The cave was very cool you can walk through it on your own or in a tour. I... More 

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Thank Amber O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is my all time favorite place to hike! Its worth my 2 hour drive!! The views are amazing! I love all the decking and stairs. Bring shoes to walk in the water to explore the cave!!

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Thank karenhL7389OD
Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park is centered around a natural rock bridge formation with an extensive cave network and several water features. The state has put quite a bit of money into the park making it easily accessible without detracting too much from the natural vista. There are fantastic photo locations all over the park. Its my favorite park.

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Thank chadjcraig
Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have visited, attended programs, and volunteered at Rock Bridge for many years, solo, with family or friends and with environmental groups. It has much to offer. It has a variety of ecosystems: largely karst wtih woods, streams, caves and rolling hills, as well as remnant and restored prairie land.There are many miles of trails, from easy to more difficult,... More 

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