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First Day Hike in Gans Creek Wild Area

1/1/2023 | Rock Bridge Memorial State Park | Columbia, MO

The rugged terrain of Gans Creek Wild Area will provide us with a strenuous 2.5-mile hike and great scenery. We will go off-trail some through the woods, take in a view from a 100-foot-high bluff overlooking Gans Creek, and continue on-trail through woodland to the creek. From there, we will see a shelter cave in a bluff and have the option to walk to and explore the cave. On the return route, if the creek bed is as dry as it usually is, we will walk it for about 300 meters and then get on the trail again; if it is wet, will use an alternative route. We will also visit the ruins of the Reyburn cabin and hear readings from an 1891 diary of a gentleman who lived nearby. Come learn about local ecology and history.

This hike is for ages 8 and up. We prefer that dogs do not join us on the hike. Participants should bring drinking water, dress for the weather, and wear shoes suitable for muddy or snowy conditions.

This event is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. You will receive information on the meeting location after you make your reservation.

To make a reservation, click here and search for activities at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

For more information or to check the status of the hike, call 573-449-7402 or 573-449-7400.

Hike time: noon - 3:30 p.m.
Meeting location: will be provided upon registration

First Day Hikes are promoted by America’s State Parks. Click here to view more First Day Hikes at Missouri State Parks.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is located at:

5901 S. Highway 163, Columbia, MO | 573-449-7402

Associated activities

  • Hiking