First Day Hike - Canyon, Caves and History in the Gans Creek Wild Area

1/1/2020 | Rock Bridge Memorial State Park | Columbia, MO

Enjoy the challenge of rugged terrain to get to a shelter cave on a hillside and to go up a steep, dry and rocky creek valley known as “the Canyon.” Part of this hike will be off-trail and strenuous; the other part will be on trails, some of which are on bluffs that overlook Gans Creek. The hike is 2 miles total.


See ruins of the Reyburn homestead of circa 1811 and hear readings from an 1891 diary that illustrate what life was like back then. You will have the option to visit another little cave if the creek isn’t up.


This activity is limited to those ages 8 and up. No dogs please. The trails are not stroller accessible.


Registration is required, and there is a limit of 25 participants. Click here to register.


Hike Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


First Day Hikes are promoted by America's State Parks, and you will be joining hikers from all 50 states. Click here to view more First Day Hikes at Missouri State Parks.


5901 South Highway 163, Columbia, MO | (573) 449-7402

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