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Rock Bridge Route

Intermediate
 4.2 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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7.0

Miles

11.2

KM

96%

Runnable

798' 243 m

High

596' 182 m

Low

673' 205 m

Up

691' 211 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

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 run 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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tim Thomas with improvements by Zac Nixon

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  4.2 from 6 votes

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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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Sep 10, 2017
Jim Farley
Add on the Grasslands Trail at the south end of the Sinkhole Trail for an extra 2 miles of fun grassy doubletrack 7mi