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Elephant Rocks State Park

7406 Highway 21, Belleview, MO 63623-7390
+1 573-546-3454
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Rainy Day Hike

I debated whether to go to this state park as the day was cold and rainy. But with the addition of... read more

Reviewed November 19, 2017
via mobile
Amazing Geology!

A gem of a place to visit. Unique and magical rock formations. The handicapped access trail is... read more

Reviewed November 8, 2017
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The elephant-shaped boulders at Elephant Rocks State Park may not be the stars of a circus, but these giant granite boulders are the stars of this unusual park in southeast Missouri. An easy way to see the rocks is from the Braille Trail, which was especially designed for people with visual and physical disabilities. The trail winds through the main area of rocks. An extension off the trail leads back to the ruins of an old railroad engine house, a remnant of the area’s quarrying and railroad history. Picnic tables are scattered among the trees and provide inviting spots to have a picnic lunch or rest and enjoy the interesting geologic formations found throughout the park.
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“paved trail” (12 reviews)
“day trip” (18 reviews)
“shaded picnic” (4 reviews)
7406 Highway 21, Belleview, MO 63623-7390
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Reviewed November 19, 2017 via mobile

I debated whether to go to this state park as the day was cold and rainy. But with the addition of a hat and gloves that I had to shed before the end of the hike, I was glad I decided to go. The scenic...More

2  Thank Sisterrhonda
Reviewed November 8, 2017

A gem of a place to visit. Unique and magical rock formations. The handicapped access trail is wonderful! Informational posts along the way. Paved and easy to walk, but with challenging off shoots. Incredible, historical. Everyone needs to see it.

Thank Cdanielsgraven
Reviewed November 1, 2017

Anyone who appreciates geology or deep time will love the big solid rock masses laying around in this very well maintained state park. Some awkward climbing that any reasonably fit person should be able to do, is needed to get to tops of the piles,...More

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed October 23, 2017

Amazing place to go. You can spend hours here. We did with the dog (Golden Retriever). The boulders are just part of the park. There a granite quarry that is cool. Also the hike is easy.

Thank Gerry D
Reviewed October 19, 2017 via mobile

We were staying in a nearby Campground and visited this place on a beautiful fall day! Highly recommended-- it was one of the highlights of our trip to Missouri!

Thank thayes1963
Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

The old quarry & unique rock formations are very easily accessed on the paved trails. You can also climb around anywhere you want too. Very clean park with information signs at many spots. Need several hours to see everything

Thank Thomas M
Reviewed October 11, 2017

Good thing to see. Looked like a fun place for kids. There was no water when we visited, so I recommend taking your own. There is a fun little hike around the rocks. Nice picnic tables in different places around the park.

Thank ksmMissouri
Reviewed October 11, 2017

I have been to this site many times and really enjoy the experience. This area is a geological marvel and has a lot to see and learn. The area has tables for picnics, a concession area where drinks and snacks can be purchased from machines....More

Thank docsaint2015
Reviewed October 2, 2017

My husband and I took our two kids over the weekend, great place for an outdoor adventure! We had an outdoor picnic lunch and hiked the paved trail, it was perfect for our family.

Thank theshortts
Reviewed September 23, 2017 via mobile

Been coming to Elephant Rocks since I was a kid. It doesn't matter the age you are, if you are an animal lover, if you haven't been here, you must go!

Thank jewelofpc
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October 15, 2017|
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Response from Teresa M | Reviewed this property |
by all means yes paths are open and park is only open in daylight hours
January 14, 2017|
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Response from Cindy L | Reviewed this property |
No, this is located in southeast Missouri in the St. Francois Mountains. Lake of the Ozarks is in central Missouri, south of Jefferson City and Columbia.
September 7, 2016|
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Response from sunrunner68 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They are allowed at Elephant Rocks, but not at the nearby Johnson Shut Ins.