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Pilot Knob, Missouri Map
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over grown
2 months ago

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It’s not a hike but it is a very, very great place. You can go off the path several ways and just climb on the rocks. Started going here when I was a kid. It’s a busy park and not the best for dogs if you plan on exploring

Everything in this park gets 5 stars in my opinion. Bathrooms and parking was clean and easy. Loop trail going around the boulders is worth doing. The rocks themselves are nice and durable, children and elderly people were all able to climb on them. The view on top of the rocks is everything. You can wear good hikin Sandler’s like jeans or tennis shoes and be fine. If recommend something that has a good sole because the rocks do take a toll on your feet.

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rocky
4 months ago

Such a fun place to explore. If you are climbing the rocks, you are in the sun so wear your sunscreen. The trail itself is fairly easy, it’s when you go off trail onto the rocks where you will experience various levels of difficulty. Bring lots of water.

One of my favorite spots! Trails are very easy and the view at the top is amazing! Great for a family fun day. Lots of picnic places and nice bathrooms.

Completely paved trail features wheelchair access and signs in Braille. Various unpaved offshoots allow visitors to clamber over and around massive awe-inspiring rock formations. There are also many picnic tables, benches, and a playground. The only downside is most restrooms on the site are currently backed up and out of use.

beautiful rocks and boulders to climb and explore. the path is flat and super easy. not much of a hike.

A must see for all ages. Benches along the trail to take in the beauty.

Super fun and had a great first visit. I went on the little stairs all the way to the top. The view was beautiful

I’ve been here many times with my dog. Climbing on the giant rock formations and the views from the top - wow. This place is especially awesome nearing sunset or in the fall when the leaves are changing. The trail is paved most of the way with interpretive signs along the path. Not much shade here, so wear sunscreen. There’s a short path with wooden stairs to get to the very top. I prefer going on weekdays because this place can be extremely crowded on the weekends. Nice area with picnic tables and more rock climbing adjacent to the parking lot. You can also climb to the top and picnic next to the big rocks and enjoy the view. They had a food truck in the parking lot the last time I visited. There is a playground here, and I have no idea why because this place is truly a playground on all on its own. Clean bathrooms and plenty of parking.

nature trips
9 months ago

This isn't quite a trail. But this is the most beautiful place I've been to almost in the entire US. it's absolutely breathe taking. What I love is you don't really follow a trail. you just forget about life, forget about technology and just walk around and soak up nature. You have sooooo many places to wonder and reach view is better than the next, until you get to the top of the highest rock. My wife and I say up on the rocks where you can see out for miles and just say. The view is stunning, the sounds coming below from wildlife. If I had brought a thick book I would've read the entire book while at elephant rock. We also had our dog and she enjoyed climbing all the different rocks as if she was at a playground. She left bring tired and slept hard in the car afterwards. If you live or travel to Missouri it's worth a several hour drive to check out.

This hike is awesome, simple because of the view and history.

Nice trail. Even with two inches of fresh snow, it was easy to find and stay on the trail. Lots of markers pointing out interesting things to see. Nice place to pack a picnic lunch.

Drive 45 minutes often to this trail because it’s so beautiful and neat. Definitely recommend to everyone!!

Cool place love the history. The dog was wiped out after running on all the rocks.

The map on this app combines the .4 mile unpaved Engine House Ruins Trail (a point to point trail) with the 1 mile paved Braille loop trail. The Engine House Ruins Trail starts halfway around the loop of the Braille Trail at the old roofless rock engine house building and passes by an old flooded quarry before connecting back up with the Braille Trail. The Braille Trail passes by the same quarry on the opposite side from the Engine House Ruins Trail. The trail is very busy on summer weekends but gives a nice view of the Elephant Rocks in the park.

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.

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.

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

hiking
Sun May 06 2018

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.

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.

Great for all ages

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!

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