Imagine giant granite rocks standing end-to-end like a train of circus elephants. That's what you'll see at Elephant Rocks State Park. About 1.5 billion years ago, hot magma cooled forming coarsely crystalline red granite, which later weathered into huge, rounded boulders. Standing atop a granite outcrop, one of the largest elephant rocks, Dumbo, tops the scales at a whopping 680 tons! Visitors to Elephant Rocks State Park can easily view the granite boulders from the one-mile Braille Trail, designed to accommodate people with visual or physical disabilities. The trail passes by a quarry pond, which now supports a variety of animal life. A short spur off of the trail takes visitors to the top of the granite outcrop, where they can explore the maze of giant elephant rocks. A second spur brings visitors to a point overlooking an old quarry site. This red granite, first commercially quarried in the late 1800s, has been used as building material and as paving blocks for the St. Louis levee and downtown streets. An additional trail extends off the Braille Trail, taking visitors to the ruins of an old railroad engine house. Thirty picnic sites allow visitors to rest and have a cool drink among the stone pachyderms. Restrooms and a playground are availale. Come see for yourself why Elephant Rocks State Park is a place you'll never forget!
Really liked this area. Like some others have said it truly is a place where it is as fun as you make it. I went with a small group of people and we all had a great time. We spent a little time on the trail but most of our time was spent hiking through the granite rocks in the park. We particularly enjoyed squeezing though some of the tight nooks and crevices. This is also a great place to work on developing grip strength for rock climbing. Plenty of cracks in the rocks to work on different climbing holds and plenty of spots to chimney climb. Overall, great place to spent a couple hours of your day.