Braille Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Middlebrook, Missouri that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Braille Trail is a one mile asphalt paved handicap accessible loop trail taking you through huge granite boulders and an overlook of an old quarry. The hike is an easy one, but it was well worth the 3 hour drive. The view, amazing, and playing on the rocks is the best! The trail is wheelchair accessible, but may tire you out if not careful. The trail named Braille Trail, circles around the rocks, and is especially designed for people with visual and physical disabilities, and was the first of its kind in Missouri. The rocks formed about 1.5 billion years ago from magma, forming the red granite "elephants". So named because the rocks stand end-to-end like a herd of circus elephants. The largest of the rocks, Dumbo, stands 27 feet tall, 35 feet long and 17 feet wide. At a weight of 162 pounds per cubic foot, Dumbo weighs in a 680 tons!
Karen and I had a little extra time after finishing the Mina Sauk Falls Trail at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, so we opted to check out Elephant Rock State Park.
Neither of us had ever been there before, and were not sure what we were getting in to, so we took off on the Braille Trail without any expectations and our packs (we left our trekking poles, packs, etc. back in the truck) and were carrying just a water bottle and a camera. There was no mileage markers at the beginning of the trail, although through AllTrails we knew it was about 1 mile long. We added a short 1/4 mile Engine House Ruin trail, and then did some climbing / exploring on the rocks. I would not call this "hiking" it is more of a paved path with some big ass rocks to climb on, which is really cool.
It is definitely a neat area and one that we will be back to, with some BBQ gear in tow (as it was one of the coolest picnic areas that i have seen in Missouri). By the time we scampered down the rock faces, we were left with 1-1/2 hours to get home, so we pointed the truck north on Hwy 21 and off we went.
Amazing trail! We'll be back for sure!
the children love it.
Enjoyed climbing the rocks and seeing the "ruins."
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!
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!
Beautiful day to wander around Elephant Rocks State Park after doing the trail at Mina Sauk Falls Loop Trail.
NIce MO state park with a short paved hiked throughout all of the boulders. Very scenic area.
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.