Rock Bridge State Park - Trail, Columbia, Missouri

Rock Bridge State Park - Trail, Columbia, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

Lots of fast, hard-packed singletrack through forest. A few creek crossings, a couple of technical problems and some challenging (but not epic) hills. The Deer Run loop is the most engaging, but the Spring Brook and Sinkhole have some great stretches as well. To conserve this busy urban park, the trails are closed when they're too wet. Check the hotline first by calling (573) 442-2249.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 23, 2011]
Matt B
Weekend Warrior

Rock Bridge has alot to offer to all riders. If you want easy, take the grassland trail. All other trails are easy to medium with very few spots only expert riders can handle. Some climbs are tough, not due to steep grade, but due to roots and rocks. The elevation varies and its a great workout. Full suspension here is prefered due once again to the roots and rock gardens one may experiance. Anyway you slice it, well worth the drive and time.

Customer Service

I start at the Devils Icebox parking lot, hang right along the creek and over the bridge. Then up a difficult uphill up the side of the creek, then follew her from there.

Similar Products Used:

Honey run(lake of the ozarks), four winds (L.O.Z.) and Binder Lake (jeff City)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 21, 2008]
badbiker
Weekend Warrior

sinkhole and spring brook are good fun. long flowing downhills depending on the route and some tough but doable uphills. great trails if you don't like pedaling flat ground all day. the whole trail system offers a little bit of everything

Customer Service

spring brook and sinkhole. park at devils icebox parking lot and look at trail map at bridge. pay attention to trail colors which corresspond to arrow colors on the trail. not that well marked but you won't get lost.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 28, 2007]
f3rg
Cross Country Rider

rock bridge can be pretty challenging or completely tame, depending on your skill levels.

high ridge trail is pretty steep and long, but eventually levels off to some extremely easy--dare i say boring--grasslands.

spring brook and deer run take up the majority of the park and are pretty enjoyable. they cross a few small creeks--or large ditches--have some mellow hills, and a few stretches of rocky terrain. newbies may find some sections challenging or even annoying, but moderate riders will just flow through the woods without much hassle.

karst is pretty much a useless trail, but check it out if you have nothing better to do. same for grassland trail.

unfortunately, the trail section that seems best for riding--gans creek wild area--is off limits to bikes, with only hikers and horseback riders allowed. but if i was to see you out there, i'd keep quiet about it. ;)

Customer Service

to get my heart going, i like to start off from the devil's ice box parking lot up sinkhole trail (in a counter-clockwise direction). the uphill section is short but challenging, followed by a quick run downhill through the woods and then to a rocky creek bed. after that, let your bike choose the trail.

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three creeks conservation area. it's similar to the terrain you'll find at r.b. but, being a conservation area, pretty much left alone. it's usually empty, though an occasional horse and rider may pass you by. watch for horse 'gifts' along the way, as well as downed trees and neglected thorn bushes and poison ivy running right next to the trail.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 23, 2007]
SPShocker91
Weekend Warrior

This is overall a pretty good trail... great to start out on.... its well marked and generally very easy.... theres a couple harder uphill sections and some very rocky (but not steep) downhill sections... It is enjoyable and easily rideable

Customer Service

Just wherever most of the trails are well marked and about same on diffaculty

Similar Products Used:

Binder Park

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 22, 2006]
ZOOM-DH
Weekend Warrior

A friend of mine and I rode this trail and another trail (the Binder in Jeff City) as a weekend road trip and we'd have to agree this trail is pretty cool. It isn't technical by any means, other than a few rocky sections. And the climbs aren't severe but they will get your heart rate up a bit.

The cool thing about the trails at Rock Bridge is that they seem to be laid out in various loops, all starting from the parking lot. So you can ride a loop and have your choice of either picking up on another loop or heading back to the parking lot to refuel and refresh you Camelbak. The trails are nice and wide (far different from the ultra-tight stuff at the Binder) and this allows you to feel much more comfortable at higher speeds.

The biggest thing these trails have going for them is flow. They are super flowy and have great rhythm. There are also lots of rollers and waterbars to get a little boost from if you're needing some air time.

Customer Service

Ride it all. But there is a really wide trail (about 10ft) that is really rocky, it starts just to the right of the Devil's Ice Box cave. If you take this up for about a quarter mile you will see a little turn-off to the right. Hop on that and you'll have a fast downhill run thru the forest that will take you right back down to the parking lot. This downhill run is about two miles in length. Repeat as needed.

The only thing keeping this trail from achieving a 5-chili rating is that I feel that after 20-some years of mountain biking being a popular sport, trails today need to address the needs of the more advanced riders and take trails to a higher level. This trail has great potential for some table-tops that advanced riders could jump, while still allowing the up-and-coming riders to simply ride over. Nothing crazy or huge, but some dinner tables spread out here and there would be nice.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 05, 1998]
Barry Gilbert

The best trail surfaces in Missouri, given the exclusion of horses and the wet-weather closures. Too short for anything really adventurous, but great after work or when you hit one of the other area trails on the same day.

Customer Service

Paxton Passage to Deer Trail, turn left and ride it clockwise. Link the Spring Brook and Sinkhole as well. Only a few places require developed bike-handling skills, but its all fast and fun. (The High Ridge, Grasslands and Karst trails are mellow paths through rolling, grassy hills.)

Similar Products Used:

Three Creeks State Forest a few miles south of Rock Bridge, Pine Ridge on the Mark Twain Nat'l Forest (15mi. south to Ashland then 7mi. east), or Finger Lakes State Park (a motocross area 12mi. north of Columbia on Hwy 63).

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 05, 1999]
John

the best bike trail in the Columbia/Jeff City area. The trails provide a good variety of riding from easy to fairly technical. The most verticle gain on any one climb is 150 feet but a couple of them are fairly steep. Most of the trails are interconnected so you can ride them as a series of loops for as long or as short of a ride as you want. The Park Service does an excellent job of maintaining this park. If it has been raining call the "hotline" to make sure the trail are open.

Customer Service

From the "Devils Ice Box" parking lot take the SInk Hole trail to the Grasslands loop then back to finish the SInkHole. Then take the Spring Brook and Deer Run trails as a loop. Total distance 9.7 miles After this Highlands Plain can be accessed across the road for another 2 miles

Similar Products Used:

Mark Twain at Pine Ridge campground between Ashland and Gutherie

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 01, 1999]
Darin Gilbert

I dont' recall most of these trails actually having names, but here's a go at my favorite: Go right from the parking lot, acroos the bridge, up Springbrook, Take a right, cross the creek (don't splash down), continue right up toward the school (keep your eyes peeled for Bowman's Instiflate) then continue loop southwest and take the Stinkhole trail back to the parking lot or stay right and take the outer loop back to the parking lot. >>CAUTION<< If you're gonna bunny hop the parking ties in the lot, take care not to face plant and skin your nipples off.

Customer Service

This is a great ride because of it's myriad variations. My recommeded route is to just go ride by full moon, especially when frosty. It's not so big that you'll get lost, but as big as you wanna make it.

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Can I say Gans Creek?

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 20, 1999]
Jane

Fast singletrack with just enough technical sections to keep things interesting. The Gans Creek trails on the other side of Hwy. 163 are great and were o.k. to ride until about ten or fifteen years ago when that side of the park was designated as a "wild area." The problem is that Gans Creek doesn't even qualify as a "wild area" under the State's own rules because it only has something like 3,500 acres - not the 5,000 required by the rules. Besides, does it really make sense to designate a place a wild area when it sits right on the city limits of a 75,000-person town, is bounded on two sides by state highways, has horse-traffic and even has old roads and barbed-wire fences from when it was a farm (before it was donated to the State)? I'm just sayin' that calling this section off limits for bikes when they allow horses to chew up the trail and when they're breaking their own rules is nonsense. It seems the DNR just wants you to follow the rules, even if it doesn't or if the rules don't make sense.

Customer Service

Spring Brook or Deer Run

Similar Products Used:

Gans Creek, Three Creeks

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 19, 1999]
Chris Coombs

Rock Bridge has the best kept trail surfaces in the area. The park is fairly picky about when they let people ride. This keeps the trail in great shape, but it is also frustrating at times when it seems dry enough everywhere else. This isn't an epic trail, but not all trails have to be. You can get your miles in by riding a series of loops or repeating parts of the trail that you enjoy. There are some very fun downhills and fast flats. Not terribly technical or physically demanding, but you can ride faster. Bug spray is a good idea. I would highly recommend this trail to anyone.

Customer Service

See John's review.

Similar Products Used:

Pine Ridge and Three Creeks

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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