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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +345/326 ft
Total: 46 riders
 

Mountain Biking Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

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#24 of 158 mountain bike trails in Missouri
#1596 in the world

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park consists of about 15 miles of biking trails. The main section of the park contains several sections with lots of roots and rocks. There are plenty of hills for the area as well. The trails offer a variety from beginner to intermediate. The trails are closed when wet and a Trails Condition Hotline can be called to check the trails status before you ride out. (573) 442-2249

Before you go
  • Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
From I70 take 163 (Providence) south. Follow the signs to Rock Bridge Memorial State Parkand then to Devil's Ice Box. The main trail head is here. The address for the park is; 5901 South Hwy. 163 Columbia, MO 65203, so feel free to mapquest it.
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  • captbubbaert
    ****

    Great trail, even when snow covered. Only 4 stars because it is hard to navigate. We got turn around several times. Trail map may be outdated. Hard, technical accents/descents, but not impossible. Flowy trails near the creek, so a good mix.

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  • battlebeetle
    *****

    Best trail in the Columbia area, with lots of miles available and some fun technical and downhill sections. Trail has some beginner areas, but also some more technical terrain for the intermediate rider. Would recommend entering at the upper entrance near the playground for more advanced riders, and using the Devil's icebox entrance for beginners.

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  • stbeeman
    *****

    Rode this 6/25/16 on a rented bike courtesy of TryAthletics. The climbs are definitely challenging if you've been riding relatively flat, flowy trails. I give it an intermediate for that, but otherwise it was very manageable for a beginner, with a mixture of fast uphill/downhill sections and enough rooty or ledge climbs to make things interesting. I'll ride this again next time I pass through MO!

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  • Midmoab
    ****

    We ride this trail often. my boys range in age from pre teen to late teen and there is plenty here forbeach of them. The more familiar you become with the park the more you will be able to customize your ride by selecting different loops to combine. We like to start at the north parking area hitting the deer run trail then combine with springbok by crossing the stream. We ride this out to the devils icebox parking then complete our loop again with springbok back to the north. Deer run is the most technical portion of this route but still quite rideable for an intermediate rider.

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  • tlongpine
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    Good nextwork of trails that offers everything a cross-country rider would want, even some techy climbs.

    The faults? Just two.

    First, junctions are poorly marked.

    Two, the local population doesn't appear to have the good sense to avoid wet trails. Trail abuse has left trail segments practically unridable/unrunnable.

    It's a shame.

    Better trail ethics would earn this system a fifth star, imo.

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  • Matt Flanigan
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    Went out with the awesome weather over the weekend. This was my first time on this trail system. It was pretty busy but not terrible- the worst part by far for me is that the trails are not directional. Nothing worse for me than getting a groove and really moving only to come head on to another rider. Several hikers out as well, but they were friendlier and more accommodating than the guys on bikes. All in all a great trail for around this area. The loose rocks might be my only other complaint about this place. There is some really fun downhill sections, with pretty gnarly rocks and roots, especially when covered by leaves- scary but thrilling.

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  • Eric Poehlein
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    The beginner trails at the park are Karst, grassland & High ridge. Mostly pedaling, a few spots of technique but not much. My past review dealt with Deer Run & Spring Brook trails. More challenging & fun. As is Sinkhole trail. Lots of erosion on this section, but some really fun downhills too. Roots ... are the biggest con to this trail system. I will still be back many times.

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  • HD
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    Great spot for beginner or intermediate level rider, had a great evening ride last night. Some really fast single track along the creek and some nice rocky/rooted climbs along the trail along the western edge of the park (can t recall the name of that particular trail). Trails had just a few tacky areas but overall good. Some overgrown areas along but all in all, a fun ride.

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  • Eric Poehlein
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    These trails are tons of fun, if not just a little bit confusing. Rocky but pretty well groomed with quite a bit of elevation change. Some sections can be a bit overgrown and have low visibility in some areas during summer or late spring. They do have a need for some erosion damage near some bridges. The map is helpful but with all the trails in this area intersecting navigation can get tricky. Take a little extra water and have your flat repair kit handy. (personal experience talking!)

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  • Scott_Beard
    *****

    Rode this with my boys (10&12). They had a blast as its fast single track across variety of terrain. Start at the upper lot to drop in to the north loops or the lower lot to climb up into them

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  • CFM
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    Did a ride here in late November. I hadn't been to Rock Bridge in a while. I was both pleasantly surprised and disappointed with this ride. The good part was riding the new singletrack on the north side of the park. This new tread corrected the layout issues of the old route and was a blast. The disappointment came after I crossed the creek to begin the climb toward the grassland area. The climb was severely rutted in places to the point where a reroute is probably necessary. Once past the grassland area I descended the trail to the lower parking lot and experienced extreme erosion issues on the rocky downhill trail also. These areas are in dire need of some trail TLC to provide better sustainablility.

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  • heckmanlloyd
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    Took my wife here yesterday. It was her first attemp at MTB. With a rented Trek 4500, she had no issues on this course. Great flowing trails with a tech spot here and there makes for a great beginner trail.

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  • mtnspectre
    ****

    Rode this at a very slow pace to find the right lines for a race that wound up being cancelled due to rain. Overall, the trail was fun with some slightly technical areas but nothing that can't be ridden by the average rider. Would love to ride this area with a different agenda next time to enjoy the trail. I was riding a specific route and stopped several times to wait for the trail marking crew to make sure I was riding the correct way. Got caught in a pretty good down pour at the end of the ride. Rocks, Roots, creek crossing and fun.

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  • jacobyw
    *****

    This is my home turf. Beautiful single track, not very technical, but you can find a few hills and obstacles if you know where to look.

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  • bcockrum
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    This was a pretty fast singletrack with rocks in a lot of areas. The initial hill is really steep and rocky, and in several other parts of the trail you will run into the same thing. The flat tracks in the middle are fast and fun, but it looks like they cut away several log jumps. If you don't like to climb and descend on rocks you won't like this trail.

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