Engine House Ruins Trail is a 1.5 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.
dogs on leash
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.
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!
Definitely worth the walk.
awesome place, skip the trail and climb around on the rocks instead
This place is a true gem.
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.
Fun little trail with plenty of rocks to climb
Unique area in Missouri. Well worth the visit
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.