First Day Hike – Guided Tour – History of Rock Bridge

1/1/2022 | Rock Bridge Memorial State Park | Columbia, MO

Here's one more chance to commemorate the bicentennial of Missouri, by learning about the history associated with Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on a guided hike on the 1.5-mile Sinkhole Trail. Park staff/volunteers will share their knowledge on a variety of topics, including the park’s founding, Rockbridge Mills of the 1800s (gristmill, whiskey distillery, road, town, etc.), Edward Jacobs’ 1891 diary, farm life of the 1900s, the mansion, log cabins, American Indians and cave exploration. Features to see along the trail include the Memorial Rocks, The Foundation, Ingrum Spring, Polly’s Pot Cave entrance, wagon wheel ruts in the limestone, Hog’s Graveyard Cave, farm silos and the Rock Bridge.

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 is required, and a signup link will be available here:

Participation is limited to 30 people, with a minimum age requirement of 10 years old. No pets or strollers, please. It's recommended to bring water and a snack.

Hike Time: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Sinkhole Trailhead

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.

This is one of many events Missouri State Parks is hosting to commemorate the state's bicentennial. To see a complete list of bicentennial-related events and learn more about the commemoration, click here.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is located at:

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

Associated activities

  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Programs