at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
This symbol indicates that the specified area is fully compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).
The park office is accessible and houses a small park store and park information. Handicap parking is provided. Heading south on Highway 163, the park office is the second right after you enter the park. Or, coming from the Devil’s Icebox parking lot, it is the first entrance on the left.
Billy Gilbert Memorial Shelter Area
A paved pathway connects the accessible shelter and a nearby shady picnic site to two handicap parking spaces. The pathway has a maximum slope of 5.8% for 20 feet just before reaching the shelter. The shelter accommodates up to 80 people and provides four grills and extended-end tables. The individual picnic site has a pedestal grill and an extended-end table and is adjacent to the area's water fountain. A flush restroom is conveniently nearby for all users.
Just up the slope from the shelter is the old Hickam Cabin, which is representative of the architecture in the late 1820s to early 1830s in this area. One can park alongside the picnic area road in order to avoid slopes. Then, the cabin is about 100 feet away with a mowed grass surface.
This attractive picnic area has an accessible flush toilet with paved parking that has a 3% slope as you pull in. A water hydrant is provided at this location.
The playground area provides two handicap parking spaces, which have a 3% slope. Two mostly shady picnic sites with extended-end tables and pedestal grills are connected to the playground, water fountain and parking by a paved pathway. The playground itself is not accessible at this time.
Natural Bridge Area
This popular area provides two handicap parking spaces adjacent to the accessible vault toilet and in front of the informational kiosk. A concrete pathway leads to the kiosk. A packed trail across three bridges connects with a boardwalk that leads you to the natural bridge for which the park is named.
This area is not considered accessible. All base is natural turf and is located on a slight slope. The vault toilet has not been modified. Two fire grills and picnic tables are provided.
The portion of Spring Brook Trail, to the right of the Devil’s Icebox kiosk up to the wooden foot bridge (about 300 meters), is accessible over natural turf. Devil’s Icebox Trail is partially accessible from the trailhead to the rock bridge.
For more information, contact the park:
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
5901 S. Highway 163
Columbia, MO 65203
Last updated: January 2017