Elephant Rocks State Park
A Perfect Destination for the Whole Family
Elephant Rocks State Park is the perfect destination for a day full of fun and adventure for the whole family. Giant granite boulders scattered throughout the park make this a unique experience for hikers and spectators alike. The most notable feature of this area is the historical elephant rocks, a series of giant 1.5 billion-year-old boulders standing end to end like a parade of circus elephants.
Entering the Park
The entrance to the park is well marked and easy to find. The parking lot accommodates a large number of vehicles, and overflow parking is available when needed.
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Hiking and Trails
Elephant Rocks State Park has 1.4 miles of trails through the boulders or leading to scenic lookouts. There are also a number of accessible asphalt trails. Benches located along the path offer a chance to stop and take in this geological wonder.
There are 5 beverage machines in the park offering a variety of soda pop and bottled water. On weekends, a vendor is available that sells hot dogs and other great treats.
Enjoying the Park
Well-kept picnic tables and charcoal grills are available for use by visitors. Kids and adults can enjoy climbing the large boulders for dramatic views of the surrounding area; however, smaller children should be kept within reach. With a small playground available onsite, as well as 6 flushable bathrooms accessible throughout the park, Elephant Rocks State Park is a beautiful destination for lunch and playtime.
Walk the Braille Trail for the best view of elephant rocks. This trail winds between the rocks and is marked by braille signage giving visually and physically disabled people the opportunity to enjoy these beautiful structures. Offering an intimate view of the area’s past quarrying and geologic history, the historical and educational potential of Elephant Rocks State Park is limitless.
Get a Better View
Park hours during the summer season (April – October) is from 8:00am – 8:00pm; winter season (November – March) limits the hours from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Camping is not available onsite. However, a small lake that few visitors know about is located to the right of the entrance into the park. Climb up onto the rocks for a better view.
Getting to the Park
An ideal destination for your growing family, you can find Elephant Rocks State Park just 6 miles outside of Ironton, Missouri. Turn on Russell Street toward South Knob Street for 0.2 miles. Take a left on MO-21 N. After 4.3 miles, follow MO-21 N to the left. Go 1.6 miles, and you will see the entrance for Elephant Rocks State Park on the right.
Planning for the Park
For more information, there is a park map, accessibility information, and even a teacher’s guide available for the park for first-time visitors to plan the most enjoyable and convenient day time adventure and maximize their exploring and enjoying this unique geological wonder.