The Pinnacles


Pinnacles Rock Formation
Designated as a natural area since
Boone Co. Pinnacles Youth Found.
Board of Directors of the Boone County Pinnacles Youth Foundation
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Points of Interest:

  • View a unique Ozarkian geologic formation in north Missouri.
  • Explore the strongly sinuous Rocky Fork and Silver Fork Creeks.
  • Look for crinoids, fossils of ancient sea animals.

Natural Features Description:

About 250 million years ago Boone County was covered by a shallow sea. This sea teemed with life and the fossilized remains of these ancient sea creatures are preserved in the Burlington limestone bedrock that composes the “Pinnacles” rock formations here. Through millennia Rocky Fork and Silver Fork Creeks have down cut through this bedrock creating the fascinating rock formations we see here today. Look for soaring turkey vultures above and cricket frogs along the creek below on summer days.

Access Info

This natural area is within Pinnacles Park. From the intersection of Interstate 70 and Highway 63 in Columbia, travel north on Highway 63 for 12 miles and turn right (east) onto Pinnacles Road. Follow the road about a half mile east to the park entrance.

The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles
The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles

Orange autumn leaves are reflected in a shallow stream
Autumn colors at the Pinnacles