Elephant Rocks State Park

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Elephant Rocks State Park
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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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KCcouple1953
Lenexa, KS73 contributions
Great hike!
Oct 2021
I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. We'll definitely bring the grandkids back someday to hike and climb. We picnicked before the hike at a lovely area by the parking lot.
Written October 23, 2021
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LiketoeatCincinnati
Cincinnati, OH2,340 contributions
Cool Place to Walk on Boulders
Sep 2021 • Couples
This place can fill up fast due to limited parking, but we arrived at a good time late morning on a Sunday. The boulders are massive and you can walk on them, but of course carefully. This is a great thing to see.
Written September 19, 2021
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Jeremy Rousan
Farmington, MO18 contributions
Nice little attraction
May 2021
Excellent way to learn about the history of the area. There is even an old rail house just off the main trail. You can still see the names carved into the rocks of the people that worked in this area. Great play areas for the kids. Mostly paved trails.
Written September 11, 2021
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Radrev
Winter Park, FL464 contributions
What Cool Hike
Aug 2021
We came with friends to do some evening hiking around these trails and rocks. It was so fun and interesting that we came back another evening to do it again. We could spend all day in this place. Lots of large rocks to "boulder" around on.
Written September 7, 2021
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Spryte L
Fort Wayne, IN37 contributions
Beautiful Natural Area
Aug 2021 • Family
A delightful natural area of natural pink granite rock formations. So much fun for bouldering! Be on the lookout for lizards, snakes, and songbirds -- there are venomous snakes in the area. Very good signage which includes braille; very pleasant walking trails which include wheelchair-accessible options.
Written August 5, 2021
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Beverly D
Morris Plains, NJ191 contributions
Massive Rock Formations Not a Train
Jun 2021
The Elephant Rocks "train" was a bit hard to imagine. These huge, granite boulders, worn and rounded by the forces of erosion were certainly massive but a circus train, they were not. We visited on a very hot and muggy day, walking the braille trail to the rock formations. We were able to climb out onto the boulders and marveled at nature's ability to modify these rocks into their rounded shapes but the elephant concept eluded us. If one is in the area, I would say check it out but I don't think it was worth a 90 minute drive in each direction.
Written July 17, 2021
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Cheesehead608
Madison, WI20 contributions
Wow...amazing and worth it!
Jul 2021
Truly impressive to see the size of the red granite that exists still today. Worth the trip and can check it out in less than an hour.
Written July 5, 2021
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CortMc
Meadows Place, TX26 contributions
Gorgeous
Jun 2021
Elephant Rocks used to be a large granite quarry. Many of the grand buildings of nearby St. Louis were faced with red granite mined here. There are remnants of the mining operation, including an abandoned workshop built of local stone and graffiti carved into the rocks by long-ago quarrymen. Some of the names and messages date back to the 1890s. This is a place well worth visiting. Plan to spend at least an hour here.
Written June 22, 2021
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Davigeta
Saint Louis, MO820 contributions
Fun place to explore!
Apr 2021
This is a very scenic state park, with many interesting rock formations, an old quarry with a lake filling in some of it, and the ruins of an engine house used by the quarry company to repair train cars and engines for operating a private railway for transportation of quarry products. The main path is about a mile, the Braille Trail. The trail is wheelchair accessible. One of the best parts is that there are LOTS of side paths available to explore. A really nice place for kids and their parents.
Written April 18, 2021
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Cryptic_Tourist
Saint Louis, MO503 contributions
Great Winter Hike!
Jan 2021 • Friends
My friend and I came here for a nice and easy early morning hike. When we pulled in there was NO ONE else there! Huge difference between going there in the summer time when you can barely find any parking!

Everything looked super elegant and pretty covered in a nice layer of snow and ice. The trail was a bit slick but it was definitely still walkable if you watch your step. Surprisingly, the rocks were totally dry and we scrambled up and got some great shots. We spent about an hour or so and got to see everything there. When we left, there were only two other cars parked. Just a note, the toilets are locked up for the season, BUT, there are still latrines available. Overall, I would totally recommend this as a winter visit if you’ve never done it before.
Written January 4, 2021
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