First Day Hike – Self-Guiding – History of Rock Bridge

12/7/2021 to 1/3/2022 | Rock Bridge Memorial State Park | Columbia, MO

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, in affiliation with the Friends of Rock Bridge Association, encourages you to get out for a hike and to learn about some of the history of the park and the surrounding area. You can walk the 1.5-mile self-guiding history hike on Sinkhole Trail anytime between Dec. 7 and Jan. 3. Sinkhole Trail offers the opportunity to see some historic ruins, woodland, sinkholes, a pit cave entrance and the Rock Bridge, and to read 15 history signs displayed at points along the way. We will email to you a scavenger hunt of 12 questions to answer as you hike. Submit it by Jan. 3 to enter for a prize drawing. Those who answer correctly will be entered into the drawing. Four people will receive both a $30 gift card to spend in the park store, which features nature books T-shirts and souvenirs, and a free one-year individual membership to the Friends of Rock Bridge Association (receive a monthly e-newsletter). These prizes have been donated by the Friends of Rock Bridge Association.

Sinkhole Trail is of moderate difficulty, with some hills and dirt/rock/root surfaces, and starts and ends at the south end of the Devil's Icebox parking lot.

Registration for this event is required, and a signup link will be available here: https://icampmo1.usedirect.com/MSPWeb/Activities/Search.aspx.

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.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is located at:

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

Associated activities

  • Hiking