Rocking the Rock  LbNA # 23092 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJun 17 2006
LocationColumbia, MO
Found By deswamprabbit
Last Found Oct 9 2008
Hike Distance?

The Rocking and Crocking Series:

This box is part of the Rocking and Crocking series in Rockhill City Park in Columbia, MO. All the boxes let you scramble over the park’s rocks to find letterboxes hidden in pottery crocks. Please treat the crocks with care, completely reseal them and replace them in upright position under the rock that shelters them. Then promptly log your find with LBNA at .

You’ll need the general instructions to the series, which are outlined in clues for Rocking the Bench.

The Rocking the Rock Clues:

From Kevin’s end of the bridge, walk downstream to where the trail divides and actually forms a small triangle. You will know you are on the right path when you see a small metal object that looks something like a robot. Children like to ask the robot for permission to pass, but you may just amble on to the creek small creek that trickles into the main stream. There is no bridge, but the trail crosses the small creek here and continues down the rocky main stream.

It’s a pleasant walk among towering trees and the sedimentary rocks that give the park its name. Look closely at almost any flat rock and you will find fossils. Largely undeveloped for years, Rockhill was the “100-acre-wood” for Columbia kids a generation ago. Now it is a playground for people like you.

Eventually you will come to a manmade structure – a concrete bubble topped by a manhole. Don’t sniff it too closely.

Your quest actually goes to the right, but first take the short detour straight ahead past the hockey puck with a snorkel to a hidden and unnamed lake on Hinkson Creek. Skip a stone across the lake or cast a line for fish. The Hinkson was once very polluted but is now in a 12-step program. As a result, it is alive with bass, perch, gar, turtles, snakes and other things that go splash. The sand at water’s edge contain half-dollar sized clams.

But enough with this pastoral bliss. Go back to the trail intersection and take the branch that goes down Hinkson Creek. In winter, you walk in a valley of towering tree trunks. The rest of the year you pick your way through a veritable jungle. The trail twists and turns, sometimes hugging the creek and other times skirting another rock outcropping on the right.

About that outcropping: Tucked up in the cracks is an old Army ammo box known as the Rock Hill Geocache. Just look around until you see N 38° 56.466 W 092° 18.735. If you are into “geoboxing,” find the box, ink the face of one of the old toys in it and use it to stamp your logbook.

Onward. Remember the days when a tree, a stream and an old rope constituted a waterpark? It’s still there, though the water quality may be a bit questionable. Look at the tree – see a footprint? BJ did.

You are getting close. As you walk on, you will see the tattered stone-filled wire baskets (“gabions”) of the wing dam that creates the lake. Now for something really odd.

To the left of the trail (watch the slick clay!) and at the right wing of the dam is a car-sized stone that looks like a ship whose bow is sinking. Look closely. There are usually a dozen or so pretty stones or odd pebbles on it. Columbians stop at the rock and leave a favorite stone upon it. Why? You decide. But we’d leave a stone if we were you. They all wash away in the next high water…

If you look closely, you will find the trail doesn’t end at the dam but continues up a bluff to the right. Hike about 20 yards up the trail. I shin-cracking root guards the trail just before it starts a bend sharply to the right. Stop just short of that root and check out that big rock that seems to be sitting on two stone pillars. The rock is full of nooks and crannies, creepies and crawlies -- and a special crock behind the right pillar.

Make sure you contact us by logging your find at LBNA. We’d love to hear how you enjoyed your hike.