Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park : Understanding, Appreciation, Enjoyment, Preservation

Black Friday Hike (day after Thanksgiving)

Sinkhole Trail – 9:30 am to 11:30 am
call 573- 449-7400

You’ll see and learn about: A) Karst - Polly’s Pot Cave (see pit entrance), the Rock Bridge and sinkholes and B) History – Rockbridge Mills and whiskey distillery and town, see wagon wheel ruts in rock and farming silos. Open for all ages, no need to register. Meet at Devil’s Icebox parking lot. Leaders are SPYC Michaela Crane and volunteer interpreter Steve Ferguson. Jr. Naturalists and families, we especially hope you can attend.

Also, put on your calendar now, participating in a First Day Hike at the park on January 1.

Optimist Trees, Wreaths and Candies for the Holidays!

One of FoRB’s big supporters is Downtown Optimists. Every year they donate funds to help us put on our summer Nature Detectives Program. So this time of year we ask you to support them by buying your tree, wreath or holiday candy at their tree lot. at 1201 Grand Avenue

M-F 1 pm to 8 pm - Sat 10 am to 8 pm - Sun 10 am to 6 pm

If you can help at the tree lot, check out volunteer times at

Rock Bridge Renewal October 24

Rock Bridge Renewal October 24, 2015

Thanks to all the volunteers who turned out on a Saturday morning to clear honeysuckle, pick up trash and take out old fencing. And a big thanks to Shakespeare's Pizza and Kurt Mirtsching for donating pizza and the Roberson family for donating soda and water!

Aliens Are Invading!

Scream!  Run!… No… Stand and Fight!  Find out how to combat problem plants.
Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM.
Park naturalist Roxie Campbell will guide you out into the park to learn how to identify several invasive plants and trees.  Watch staff demonstrate the best methods for controlling them (equipment, herbicide).  Learn why it’s important for protecting our ecosystems.  Easy hiking of less than one mile, but will involve walking off-trail at times.  Free and open to everyone, designed for adults, however children 10 years old and up are welcome if accompanied by an adult.  Call 573-449-7400 to register.


New! FoRB's Good Neighbor Program

Together with Park Naturalist Roxie Campbell, FoRB is starting a new Good Neighbor program to recognize those neighbors that live on the park boundary that take five key steps to keep the park healthy. These steps are to keep their wastewater systems in good order, keep stormwater out of streams by using best management practices, keep invasive plants at bay, keep pets and wildlife apart and keep in touch with the park.

See more about our Good Neighbor program here.


Nature Detectives Registration is Open

Find out about this year's programs and sign up at Programs and Events

Work on Hickam Cabin Celebrated!

Hickam Cabin Ribbon Cutting

On Saturday November 15 the Hickam Cabin was rededicated with remarks by State Parks Director Bill Bryan, the Hickam family, and a ribbon cutting by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce

HIckam Cabin Phase I Completed

Hickam Cabin Phase I Exterior

Hickam Cabin Interior 1

Hickam Cabin Phase I Interior 2

In August Clifford and Shawn Wagner completed Phase I of the Hickam Cabin renovation project. Photos by Jim Gast

Work Starts on Hickam Cabin!

Hickam Cabin June 2014

Hickam Cabin just before dismantling June 2014

Hickam Cabin after dismantling June 2014

Hickam Cabin after dismantling June 2014

Hickam Foundation poured and set June 2014

Hickam Cabin with foundation poured and first logs being stacked, June 2014

Hickam Cabin Committee

  • Susan Haines (chair)
  • Betsy Baker-Rall
  • Nancy Boon
  • Kimi Chinn Rother
  • John Larkin
  • George Montgomery
  • Dottie Stoerker-Peters


Lights, Power, Action at Rock Bridge Mills Shelter

Thanks to funding from the Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, the shelter at Rock Bridge Mills now has solar-powered lights and electricity. This means that park staff can hold evening programs down atthe Devil's Icebox.


About the Park

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is a 2,273-acre Missouri State Park with more than 15 miles of hiking and bicycling trails, an extensive cave system, an equestrian area and an orienteering course. The park was founded in 1967 and is named for the naturally occurring "rock bridge" due to the area's karst topography, and as a memorial to local child, Carol Stoerker, whose parents played a major role in raising funds to purchase the land for the park after her death in 1961.

The Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park (FoRB) is a membership supported 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to promote understanding, appreciation, enjoyment, and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and to aid in the protection of the park.

FoRB works with and supports Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, but it is a separate entity. Be sure and visit the state park homepage for Rock Bridge Memorial State Park for information on directions, map, hours, events, programs, special features and trails.

FoRB organizes community outreach to promote the park, stewardship activities to remove litter, old fencing and invasive plants, family oriented programs that complement park programs, fundraising for specific educational projects and representation of park concerns on local issues that affect the park.


Superintendent Jim Gast's Photo Essay of the Gans Creek Wildlife Area, March 2010

Jim Gast's Photo Essay of Gans Creek Wildife Area





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