Engine House Ruins Trail

EASY 106 reviews

Engine House Ruins Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly 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, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
114 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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. At the engine house or at the west entrance to the trail, is a largely dirt wide path that leads the visitor around the back side of the old quarry and over natural terrain.

hiking
16 days ago

The trail is cool, it’s all paved until you get the option by the old train house to go off the beaten path, it’s totally worth it. Once you walk and see the cliff face to take photos of the flooded quarry it makes the whole thing worth the view. Being able to climb up on the rocks. And over look the whole stateside.

hiking
16 days ago

An easy shady walk through some of Missouri’s best scenery, information is posted all over the trail about the history of the area, rocks, and features along the trail. You’ll see the Elephant Rocks, Engine House, and an old Quarry turned lake with gorgeous scenery all along the trail. Be mindful of snakes, this is their territory after all and there are several poisonous kinds in the area to be aware of.

hiking
1 month ago

I got stood up for a date by a guy, but not before getting some recommendations on places to hike. This was one of them. These rocks are really cool, so it was worth it. Joke’s on you, guy!

1 month ago

This place is absolutely awesome! so much fun to run around and climb rocks with my dogs

hiking
2 months ago

Short easy hike through some rock formations. Super busy on a Saturday morning with lots of kids around. It's fun to act like a kid and climb around the rocks a bit.

3 months ago

3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

Great for all ages

hiking
4 months ago

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.

7 months ago

easy walk, but truly amazing geology!

hiking
7 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
7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

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

Friday, June 23, 2017

Awesome easy trail great views and interesting history.

Friday, June 23, 2017

fun for the whole family

hiking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

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
Friday, May 26, 2017

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.

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!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Definitely worth the walk.

Monday, February 06, 2017

awesome place, skip the trail and climb around on the rocks instead

Saturday, February 04, 2017

6 Stars
This place is a true gem.

hiking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, September 09, 2016

Fun little trail with plenty of rocks to climb

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Unique area in Missouri. Well worth the visit

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

A nice trail through an awesome boulder field. You can stay on the paved trail or explore off trail. Either way there is a lot to see.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fantastic stop!! So glad we checked this place out!

hiking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

This is a gem hidden in the Missouri Hills. The huge granite boulders are amazing to climb and run on. It's great for kids and families to spend the day.

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