The underground caves that make this park famous, namely the Devil's Icebox renowned for its sinkholes, springs, and underwater stream, and Connor's Cave, unfurtunately don't allow dogs. However, there is plenty to see and explore above ground with your dog. Pack a bag for a day of hiking and adventure, and take off on one of the park's trails. With plenty of parking areas where the trails can be accessed, your pup will love to hike through grasslands, forests, glades, hillsides and near streams with you along the Grassland Trail, Deerland Trail, or the Spring Brook Trail to name a few. You'll also be able to see the park's famous sinkholes, some that provide a unique view inside the Devil's Icebox which is closed to cave traffic, and the rock bridge which was exposed when the cave collapsed along the Devil's Icebox Trail. Other sinkholes have become ponds and marshes.
You can also bike the many trails, or take the orienteering course using only a map and compass to find your way. Picnic areas are scattered around the park, allowing for a rest, snack or meal. Picnic shelters can be reserved, and the little two-leggeds in your clan can enjoy the playground. A couple vault toilets are located throughout the park, one near the Devil's Icebox, and a restroom can be found near the parking areas.
Be sure to have all the essentials for a day of exploring in the wilderness, including water to share with your pup, and clean-up bags. Always pick up whatever your pup leaves behind, and tote all trash out with you. Keep your dog on a lead no longer than 10 feet, and note that no canines are allowed inside any buildings.
For a unique hiking experience in Missouri's pawtastic outdoors, check out the Rock Bridge Memorial State Park with your pup today!