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“Fun hike with family!”

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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Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Fun hike with family!”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

We really enjoyed our hike to Rock Bridge and Devil's Icebox. My husband and I took our 2 and 6 year old daughters and the terrain was perfect for their ages. Beautiful!

Visited July 2014
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mesa, az usa
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A wonder of Missouri”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

This state park has much to offer (as do all of MO's 50+ state parks). There are trails for every skill set, great place to trail run, trails connect so distance can be a quick 2 mile run to a long distance trail run and the scenery is amazing. After the run you can cool off in Conor's Cave (same entrance as Devils Icebox, which at this time 2014 is closed due to White Nose Syndrome). Great place to visit multiple times and see new things each time.
There is not bathrooms at each trail head.

Visited July 2014
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Fun... Fun and fun”
Reviewed August 3, 2014

we were on our way from st.louis to kansas. and stoped by in jefferson and then to columbia. this is such a nice place to hang out. the kids would love it. the park is so big. we didnt spend much time in the park but went to the devil'd icebox cave.
that place is so so so goood. i have to say it, coz am a adventurous kind of person. its not that adventurous but i would say 10% adventure and 90% fun.
the cave tour is just 15-20 minutes. that was just superb. the guide was peter. he is just amazing, funny and very interesting guy.
Me and my husband enjoed it a lot. i even saw small children mayb 3-4 yrs old going inside the cave.
its dark and it was cold inside, woo... they wil give us a helmet and a torch light.
the best part is, its totally free.
The place is so clean and i would go there again and again. there are trails inside the forest. i can imagine how good it would be. we didnt have much time so, couldnt take the trails. the only thing what we did was, the cave part. we have to walk around 1.5 miles inside the forest (back and forth) , steps and trails are there. you just have to follow them. i even saw people coming with pets. they wil also have fun.
the rocks might be a little wet, so i would prefer shoes other than flip - flops or heels. and heavy carry bags can be avoided for the full enjoyment. a small bottle of water is another tip i can give you. there are plenty of steps both up and down. but those are not tiring, trust me . after all the cave is worth all those.
there are plenty of this you can do there. best place ever. you can spend more than 3 hours to explore the entire park, camping area and all. the cave would take around 2 hour including the rock bridge and cave.

Visited August 2014
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Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Unique”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

Kiddos loved it. Catching minnows and frogs in the creek, climbing on the paths just off of the wooden path. Wish we would've brought headlamps for the Connors cave though.

Visited July 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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“Great park”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

We had been told about the Rock Bridge by some friends. So we thought what a great place to break up the trip and stretch our legs.

My GPS took me to the main entrance of the park, that is not the quickest way to the Rock Bridge, go past the main entrance south a mile or so and you will see a sign for Devils Icebox Trail. It was only about a 5 or 10 minute walk from the parking lot.

It was very cool, and we loved the fact that you were not restricted to the trail, you could go under the rock formation. My only regret was not taking a map that of the trails that we had. Somewhere we got onto another trail and the break ended up lasting much longer than planned, but it was still very enjoyable. We had planned on spending an 30 minutes at the park and it ended up being a little over an hour.

I was actually very surprised with the number of users at the park, between a group outing, mountain bikers and other hikers it seemed very busy for a Wednesday, but it was far from crowded.

It was a great time and I would recommend this park to anyone going through the area.

Visited July 2014
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