News Release 574

Improvements being made to Devil’s Icebox Trail at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Volume 38-574 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., OCT. 5, 2010 -- Construction crews have begun work to install more than 300 feet of new boardwalk as part of the Devil’s Icebox Trail at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park near Columbia.  The new boardwalk will connect the 2007-built stairs to the existing boardwalk on top of the hill as well as cover the stone steps that currently lead to the back of the rock bridge. 

During construction, visitors may need to detour onto the Springbrook Trail to access the current section of boardwalk that goes to Connor’s Cave. Detour signs will be posted showing the route visitors should use.

The $113,442 project was partially funded by a $54,342 federal Recreational Trails Program grant. The remaining funds were from the parks, soils and water sales tax, which was approved by Missouri voters for state parks.   

Another project is stabilizing the bank of the Devil’s Icebox Spring Branch, the creek that flows out of the rock bridge. The boardwalk in front of the rock bridge will be temporarily closed during this project. Visitors will be able to access the rock bridge by taking the Sinkhole Trail, which starts south of the parking lot. Detour signs will be posted.

For more information, contact the staff at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park at 573-449-7402, or the Department of Natural Resources at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit