Elephant Rocks State Park, Belleview

#10 of 100 in Nature in Missouri
Elephant Rocks State Park is a state-owned geologic reserve and public recreation area encompassing an outcropping of Precambrian granite in the Saint Francois Mountains in the U.S. state of Missouri. The state park is named for a string of large granite boulders which resemble a train of pink circus elephants. The park was created following the donation of the land to the state in 1967 by geologist Dr. John Stafford Brown. The park is used for picnicking, rock climbing, and trail exploration. It is managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
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  • I love this area of our state. Wandering amongst the huge boulders of Elephant Rocks State Park is so much fun. Wev'e been here many times. Kids love it because they can climb all over the boulders.....  more »
  • I stopped here on a drive from Branson, MO to Giant City, Illinois, and ended up spending a couple hours hiking. The main trail is called the Bralle Trail (Red Trail on the map) and is paved, with...  more »
  • We see the signs for this each time we drive from Little Rock to Missouri.. Always wanted to stop and I'm glad we did today. The park was super busy (holiday weekend) but not too crowded on the trail. Easy walking path with a stroller, saw some lizards. The train house ruins were super cool and the elephant rocks themselves were neat though I think they look more like walruses than elephants.😅
  • The scenery is beautiful. It is not very crowded. There are perfectly marked trails that are wheelchair accessible. There are trails for the note adventurous. It is marked with posted signs that give you information on the history and what you are seeing around you. Great place for all ages.

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