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“Nice area for a moderate hike.”

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
Ranked #1 of 50 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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Chester, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice area for a moderate hike.”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

My fiance and I actually did our engagement pictures at this park. There were lots of scenic areas such as the little cave and wooden bridges. There are several options to hike on and we stuck to the main one by the picnic area, so I cannot say too much about the other paths. The one we took was a decent hike, but not overly difficult. Definitely something that a family could do.

Visited September 2012
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Columbia, Missouri, USA
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Something for everyone”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Many miles of hiking trails, particularly nice in the spring. And the "Devil's Icebox" takes you way down to where you feel the cool of the air from an underground river. The whole area is filled with sinkholes from the "Karst Topography," and if you get the proper training & certification, you can have a canoe trip (much of it lying on your back) for miles in the underground river! Good interpretive material about the history of the natural bridge and the various industries that had been there using its water power. AND, it's very close to town if you want to forget town. Good picnic areas, too.

Visited September 2012
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Hallsville, Missouri
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Awesome trails and natural limestone land bridge with cool stream running under it...great for wading. Tour Devils IceBox Cave

Visited May 2012
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Columbia, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Nice Trails”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Great, wooden trails through beautiful woods. The wooden trail is a little short (only about .5 miles) but there are a lot of gravel trails that shoot off, too. The cave is also really neat and they offer guided tours through them that are awesome.

Visited October 2012
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59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Beautiful place to hike”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is a really quiet, relaxing place to hike. The trails are organized well and are easy to get around, as the heavily-traveled ones have been made into stairs. The creek is good for kids, shallow with some fish and lots of places to play. The rock bridge itself is pretty cool to walk under. The icebox is impressive in the summer when it's hot and humid out, feeling that temperature change as you go down the stairs to it is really fun for kids.

Visited October 2012
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