Elephant Rocks State Park Loop is a 1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pilot Knob, Missouri that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.0 miElevation gain91 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyNature tripsWalkingForestLakePartially pavedViewsWildflowersWildlifeHistoric site
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Built in 2005, the east entrance starts on a level, gravel 450-feet-long trail bed and leads to the ruins of an old engine house. The engine house was originally built to repair train engines and cards from the Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad in the 1890s and service Sheehan Quarry operations in what is now the state park. By 1902, 16 granite cars were being operated regularly, shipping Missouri red granite throughout the country. Although the main trail is paved, at the engine house or at the west entrance to the trail, is a wide, dirt path that leads the visitor around the backside of the old quarry and over natural terrain. Accessibility: The main trail surface is paved and the side trails are dirt. It is estimated to be mostly gentle (5% or less) except for a moderately steep section up to 8% at 0.7 miles. The trail is typically at least two feet wide. There are some stairs to go to the top of the rocks.

Ample parking for RV to cars. Nice picnic area and restrooms.

Elephant Rocks State Park 7406 Hwy. 21 Belleview, MO ph. 573-546-3454

This hike is loocated in Elephant Rocks State Park on Route 21, 5 miles from Belleview. It is accessible from Route 67 to Route 21.

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Kelly L
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Fantastic, surreal, beautiful! Adaptable to all skill levels from those in strollers to advanced climbers!

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Lady Arcane
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Pretty Crowded — nice place to spend some time rock scrambling with the family.

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Johnny Wong
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Too Many People!

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Stanna Dawson
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Rock climbingGreat!

Loved the different variations of these massive rocks. My daughter and I had the best time climbing. She can’t wait to go back!!

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Joan Flieg
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HikingGreat!

The trail was well maintained. This was the first time I had ever seen the parking lot completely full, and people everywhere! Such a beautiful sight to see so many people enjoying this park. I took my sister-in-law with me. It was her first visit to the park. She was very impressed. We had a very enjoyable hike.

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Leila Portell
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This was such a fun break from driving . Nice short hike and great picnic spot!

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Jen Fair
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Katherine Cope
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Lonni Helm
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Very fun! My friends and I loved all of the rocks.

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Hannah Weathers
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Not much of a hike. paved park but fun for climbing around and exploring. easy for kids, strollers, and relaxing. beautiful park though!

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Connie Koski Kellogg
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Christel Thurmond
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Nice! Love how family friendly it is.

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Anna Feldbaumer
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to the quarry and back.

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Jon Breithaupt
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An iconic paved loop around some unique geology.

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Roxann Parker
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Beautiful trail! Discovered a new Quarry I never knew existed! Lots more traffic than normal for this time of year!

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Nathan Scott
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very cool short trail loop.

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Avi Dobrusin
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Kevin Call
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Stephanie Dines
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Jim Yingst
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Will Scarfino
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Rock climbingGreat!

Beautiful scenery and something for everyone

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Elizabeth Mouron
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Doug Nguyen
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Cool rock formations, small route. Very crowded. I would still bring friends here though.

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Macy Gertken
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HikingGreat!

It’s an easy walk if you just stay on the paved trail, but there are so many wonderful opportunities to walk off the trail and climb around the boulders as well. Easy to spend hours in this park!

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Shane Kellogg
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Never Disappointed by this place

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Jennifer Madison
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This park was a playground for myself and my kids. We really enjoyed being able to go off the trail and climb over, in between and even under some of the rocks. Because of this it made the hike much longer in length which was good, because 1 mile is pretty short. Beautiful and fun, 5 stars!

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Emily Foley
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I was only on the paved trail partially, the best views come from climbing up on the rocks. My dog loves it and always leaves tired

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