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Rock Bridge Route

Intermediate

Trail

7.0 mile 11.2 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 673' 205 m
Descent: -691' -211 m
High: 798' 243 m
Low: 596' 182 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Multiple loop trails combined near the Rock Bridge State park main parking lot including Rock Bridge and Devil's Icebox.

Tim Thomas

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This route is sure to challenge, as it connects rocky, hilly trails, areas with sinkholes, caves, and limestone bed creeks to cross.

Description

This longer route completes a seven-mile loop heading around some of the highlights of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. From the main parking area, begin your hike on the Spring Brook Trail. A little ways into this route, you'll cross a creek, the only one on the journey.

At the first intersection, take a right onto the Deer Run Trail. This long loop meanders along the western edge of the park, and you'll find yourself heading south before moving back to the east and returning to the Spring Brook Trail. Continue heading right, and complete the Spring Brook Trail loop.

If you're feeling strong and want to continue, add on the Sinkhole Trail. This additional loop features a similar trail, but the added distance might be just enough to make for a perfect outing.

All of the trails in the park feature rocky, forested tread, so keep an eye out for your footing. If you have the time, be sure to explore the shorter boardwalk trails (not on this loop) that lead around the Rock Bridge and Devil's Icebox loops that are in the middle of the park.

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Contacts

Land Manager: Missouri State Parks Department

Feb 21, 2020: Be Bear Aware

Feb 18, 2020: Learn2 Programs

Feb 5, 2020: 2020 Katy Trail Ride

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Feb 16, 2020
Zac Nixon
The trail is currently muddy and snowy, but still fun hiking conditions! 7.3mi — 2h 05m

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Backside of Spring Brook Trail just South of the Little Bonne Femme creek crossing
Dec 5, 2016 near Columbia, MO
Trailhead map
Apr 16, 2019 near Columbia, MO

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