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!

4 months ago

Amazing trail! We'll be back for sure!

5 months ago

7 months ago

the children love it.

9 months ago

Enjoyed climbing the rocks and seeing the "ruins."

hiking
1 year ago

Very easy trail with great scenery. It was a lot of fun to play around on the rocks as well. It's an awesome choice for families, I went there all of the time when I was a kid!

Fun trail just off the mail hike, be sure to include it in your visit.

hiking
1 year ago

Easy, fun and kid friendly. Wonderful geologic features!

This place is a lot of fun. Hiking is pretty easy and there are a lot of paved trails. There are a lot of places you can go exploring off the path though. Climbing around on the rocks is a blast and there are a lot of neat things to look at.

loved hiking here, beautiful place to go. I would recommend it to anyone!

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful day to wander around Elephant Rocks State Park after doing the trail at Mina Sauk Falls Loop Trail.

Nice remnants of the engine house and views of old quarry. A simple walk to do while doing the braille trail

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

NIce MO state park with a short paved hiked throughout all of the boulders. Very scenic area.

nature trips
2 years ago

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.

hiking
2 years ago

Had a great time. We stayed away from the main trail and climbed the rocks. We jumped and climbed all over. It's as fun as you want to make it and hard as you wanna go.
We go back at least once a month.

Nice little walk with something really cool around every bend.