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


Park Open House April 18

Join Park Staff and welcome the Americorps Volunteers at the annual park meeting, Tuesday April 18, 6 pm, Gilbert Shelter.

FoRB at Earth Day

We will be at the Columbia Earth Day Festival, Sunday April 23 from noon to 5 pm. Can you help out for an hour? Email Jan Weaver at

Bird Panel Dedication at Grasslands Trailhead

Sunday Aprll 23, join Audubon to unveil a new grasslands birds display at 2:00 pm. This interactive panel has a QR downloadable checklist of species. If you attend, plan on parking at the Devil's Icebox parking lot at 1:30 and carpooling to the Grasslands Trailhead. There will also be an optional bird hike at 8:30 am the same day.

Help Celebrate the Park's 50th Anniversary this Year!

The park has planned a year of hikes showing off the park's natural and cultural history. The next hike is coming up Saturday, May 6, 1:30 to 3:30, at Shooting Star Trail.

Every month this year there will be a hike on the first Saturday of the month, with each hike featuring natural and cultural aspects of the park. Download a Hidden Treasures flyer

  • June 3 - Grassland Trail
  • July 1 - Hickam Cabin
  • August 5 - High Ridge Trail
  • September 2 - Karst Trail
  • October 7 - High Ridge Trail
  • November 4 - Devil's Icebox
  • December 2 - Special Use Area

50th Anniversary Celebration Saturday November 4

Help Rock Bridge Memorial State Park celebrate its 50th anniversary by strolling around the Rock Bridge area and Devil’s Icebox Trail and taking in stations with live music, short presentations about the park’s history and guided Connor’s Cave tours.  A food vendor will also be available.

Check back for more details as the day approaches!

36th Annual Randall Clark Weekly Wildlflower Walks Begin March 23

Join volunteer Randall Clark every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Devil's Icebox Parking lot to look for and learn about the park's wildflowers - what they look like, when they bloom and how folks used them. Download a Wildflower Walks Flyer

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.


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




    April 2017

    April 2017 Newsletter:

    President's Message - Rock Bridge Renewal, Saturday April 8

    Superintendent's Message - Park Stewardship

    Naturalist's Message - Shooting Stars and Preachers

    March Board Meeting April 10, 6 pm, Park Office

  • Upcoming Park Programs
  • Rock Bridge Renewal
    Saturday April 8 - 8:30 am to Noon
    Download a flyer
  • 50th Anniversary Hikes
    1st Saturdays, 1:30 to 3:30
    Download a flyer
  • Wildflower Walks
    Thursdays 5:30 - 7 at Devil's Icebox
    Download a flyer


  • Read the State Park Funding Coalition's document on funding state park improvements
  • Donate to state parks