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Rock Bridge State Park

Average Rating:    (4.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 18

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.
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Latitude
38.880944467623
Longitude
-92.33399391174316
Trail Directions
The Paxton Passage trailhead provides 0.5miles of great out-and-back access to the parks loops. It is found at the southwest corner of the Rockbridge Elementary School's playground (don't worry, it IS legal) at the corner of Providence (Rt. K) and Route 163 on the south side of Columbia. From I-70, take Hwy 63 a few miles south past the last Columbia exit and turn right on Route 163. Follow 163 west 3-4 miles to a four way stop by a convenience store. Turn right (north) and drive to the Devil's Icebox parking lot, pick up a trail map and continue for another mile or so to where 163 meets K, park on the west side of the school. The trailhead is behind an outdoor shelter at the back right corner of the school grounds.
Trail Length
3-12 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Columbia
   


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Review Date
October 23, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Matt B ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Honey run(lake of the ozarks), four winds (L.O.Z.) and Binder Lake (jeff City)



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Review Date
October 21, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: badbiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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

Recommended Route:
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.



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Review Date
August 28, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: f3rg ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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. ;)

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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.



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Review Date
June 23, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: SPShocker91 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Binder Park



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Review Date
June 22, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ZOOM-DH ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.



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