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hiking
5 days ago

Fun loop around a lake. Easy, relatively flat trail. Yellow-rumped Warblers were thick.

This is a short easy walk to a beautiful Mill. Loved it.

The Elephant Rocks are the highlight of the trail. We ended up off the trail climbing through the rocks for quite a bit of it. The trail is nice because it’s paved though. The Engine House Ruin on the trail was really cool.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike. It would be good to note this trailhead is directly behind the showerhouse that you will find if you pass the State Park visitor center and take the very next right turn, through the camping area. Start the loop to the right and you’ll be blown away by the views at the end. There are also awesome side trials to take to get great views of the river.

hiking
1 month ago

Very short trail but it does climb around and over a good sized hill. I takes you to the top of the hill that Vilander Bluff is on but never gives any views of the bluff or valley below. Found this very disappointing since this is the tallest bluff on the Meramec River. I've seen pictures of the bluffs but it's up to you to do some bushwhacking to try to find a vantage point.

After all the heavy rains we have had, the hiking trail was completely washed out.

Great for all ages

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on 2.25.18 and loved it. Great views from the bluffs and great exercise on the hike. Pics are uploaded. Plus, see these and more at my IG: wdp_photographyinstructor

Awesome to see and climb on. The rocks make narrow crawl spaces and is a lot of fun to explore, kids had a blast. This is a must do in Missouri.

easy walk, but truly amazing geology!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail - cool old building from the 1890’s where they used to service the trains that were used in the mining operation

walking
4 months ago

Great easy walk! Paved all the way. Great for kids. The rocks are amazing!

Very easy hike. Great place to take kids with all the rocks and crevices to play his and seek in. The pinnacle of the hike is amazing! Very unusual monolithic boulders.

I enjoyed this little adventure with my little boys. peaceful

It was my first trail, it was pretty easy, didn't do the entire thing as I had an infant with my crew I was with, but a fun trail none-the-less.

Great view of the meramec over bluffs. Nice stands of oak and cedars. Glades. A nice easy walk.

Great view of the meramec over bluffs. Nice stands of oak and cedars. Glades. A nice easy walk.

8 months ago

Nice views along the river.

hiking
8 months ago

Very busy in the summer, but best park for unique views. Just do not expect to be without crowds. Great place for kids.

hiking
9 months ago

Had a blast hiking this trail! Lookout over the river are worth every bit of the hike. Very well maintained.

Awesome easy trail great views and interesting history.

fun for the whole family

Very pretty area and definitely worth seeing, but lightly trafficked is not really true. If it were not so pretty here, this would be an area to avoid. I went during the week and it was super busy and have been told it is always busy during warm months. Still Go. fascinating geology and history.

hiking
10 months ago

Elephant rocks never disappoints! Awesome place to climb on rocks both big and small! A truly unique park for sure. Took the kids here when little and now older but still an awesome park. Go off the trail and explore. Saw snake, many lizards, turtles, and tad poles in pools on rocks. A must see park.

10 months ago

Really an awesome trail. It's quite hilly, but also only 2.75 miles long. Beautiful views along the Meramec River. I love how the trail is narrow and not a huge ugly swath cut through the woods.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice area outside of town. Pretty trail with lots of pine groves to walk through. Nice bridges over the streams going into the lake. The trail splits by the Dam. I went around the lake and walked the gravel road back to the parking area.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

nature trips
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This is one of the coolest places in Missouri. We went and played on the rocks, had a picnic, and spent the entire day there. It's really incredible! I wish there was a legit hiking trail here!

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Loved the view of the river along the trail. It was such a beautiful color today! Not a great trail to start off on if out of shape, but wasn't too bad.

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