Affectionately nicknamed elephant rocks, the giant boulders bring tourists in from far and wide. The Elephant Rocks State Park features many large 1.5 billion year old granite rocks. Many think that the way these massive boulders stand in a line is reminiscent of a line of circus elephants. The formations are of particular interest to geologists.
Of course children love getting to climb, explore, and play on and between these large stones. History aficionados will enjoy the parks past. And this Missouri State Park even boasts a one mile, braille trail. This unique trail is an excellent way to see the park and caters to those with visual and physical disabilities so everyone can join in on the fun. It takes visitors through one of the primary areas of the elephant rocks and even past the engine house, a last standing icon to the railroad and quarrying history of the location.
The website offers lists of upcoming events and activities that can be fun for the entire family. The park offers several activities beyond those planned on their website: Elephant Rocks State Park. ( https://mostateparks.com/park/elephant-rocks-state-park ) These activities include:
- Multiple walking trails
- Fishing in designated areas
- Picnic tables/areas
- Food Truck (Friday – Sunday 10AM-4PM)
- Rock Climbing/Bouldering
Their website also offers directions, weather, maps, area history, virtual tours and more! This may give you and your family a chance to have a bit of fun and change things up for the weekend! Which can be a nice change since finding somewhere that has something for everyone in the family is difficult. Though with the parks plentitude of trees even the bookworms can find a nice hiding spot to enjoy nature and a good read all at once. While others enjoy the adventure of climbing, fishing, and walking the trails!
They also offer guides for teachers and those wishing to learn about the parks interesting history to make a good lesson of your trip!