Just minutes from the city of Columbia, MO, is a unique piece of land. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park gives its many visitors the chance to hike, scramble and explore the scenic landscape while also getting the chance to take a glimpse into Missouri's fascinating underworld. The state park is home to a large cave system, and it is these unique geological features that encourage people to rent an RV in Boone County.
The park covers 2273 acres, with plenty of trails and accessible routes that allow visitors to see the sights with ease. There are plenty of different camping options nearby, and urban life is not too far away with other nearby towns, including Ashland, Rocheport, and Fulton.
The extensive boardwalk system that winds through the park makes hiking an easy and enjoyable activity for all. They weave their way through the forest and are coupled with lots of stairs that take you over the hills and down into the mouths of caves. With plenty to see along the way, it is a very interesting walk.
The caves are an attraction in themselves for those RV camping at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, although good walking shoes are advised, as is a flashlight. The Devil's Icebox Cage is one of the most interesting, and visitors are able to get a guided tour. It is located right in the center of the forest with two wooden bridges across its entrance. Connors Cave is another popular cave to explore, and this is one that can be explored on your own. The whole park is filled with sinkholes and caves, which have been created by acidic water flow, and visitors can choose from a range of classes, tours, and training to see the best spots.
After exploring all, there is to offer at this fascinating site, sit back and relax in the scenic surroundings with a picnic before heading back to your rental RV. There are a number of picnic spots scattered around the park which provide either a moment of solitude or a place to spend time with friends and family.
Camping at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
One of the nearest places to go camping at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is Cottonwoods RV Park and Campground. As a family and pet-friendly park, you'll feel the warm welcome as soon as you arrive. With paved roads and gravel sites, the park is easily accessible, with each site equipped with full hook-ups, which includes electric, water and sewer, plus there is a concrete patio with a picnic table. Onsite, there is a large store and gift shop where you'll be able to grab some essentials, laundry, and shower facilities. Outside there is a large outdoor pool, and a playground to keep the kids entertained.
Coopers Landing is another good option for those camping with an RV, a beautiful Riverside retreat shaded by huge sycamores and cottonwoods. There are RV camping sites that are located very close to the water, with an adjacent marina. There are laundry facilities and showers, and all sites have either 20 or 30 amp electrical service. There is also a communal fireplace in front of the store, which is great for evenings around the campfire.
Exploring the Area
Shelter Gardens offers a wonderful botanical display on the west side of the city of Columbia. In addition to the vibrant collection of plant life, the gardens are also home to waterfalls, rock gardens, and even a replica of a one-roomed schoolhouse. With no admission fee and the fact that it is open all year round, it is a popular place to head for a wander and relax. In the summer months, the Shelter Garden Concert Series is in full swing, which is a wonderful time to visit in a Columbia camper rental.
Located right in the center of downtown is the Columbia Art League, which is often lovingly dubbed at CAL. It is the thriving heart of the art scene in the city and holds kids summer camps, adults’ workshops, community exhibitions, and much more. With changing exhibits and lively guided tours, there is always something new to see.
Great for an evening’s entertainment is the Tag Cinema, an independent movie theatre dedicated to promoting film and media art. Around 12 movies are shown each month from all over the country, making it a great place to get cultural and watch films that you won't be able to see anywhere else. With a bar and an onsite bakery, guests can also grab a bite to eat and enjoy it while watching a film.