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!

easy walk, but truly amazing geology!

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

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.

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.

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

Awesome easy trail great views and interesting history.