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Elephant Rocks State Park
ELEPHANT ROCKS STATE PARK
ELEPHANT ROCKS STATE PARK
Graniteville, Missouri

Phone: 573-546-3454
Toll Free: 800-334-6946
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Elephant Rocks State Park
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Elephant Rocks State Park
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Elephant Rocks State Park
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Elephant Rocks State Park
'Red and Gold in Quarry'
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Fall colors and the abandoned granite quarry at Elephant Rocks State Park.

Elephant Rocks State Park
'Golden Oak Thru Boulders'
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A narrow passage at Elephant Rocks State Park reveals an oak in autumn colors

Elephant Rocks State Park

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Elephant Rocks State Park

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Elephant Rocks State Park

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Elephant Rocks State Park

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Elephant Rocks State Park

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Imagine giant granite rocks standing end-to-end like a train of circus elephants. That's what you'll see at Elephant Rocks State Park. About 1.5 billion years ago, hot magma cooled forming coarsely crystalline red granite, which later weathered into huge, rounded boulders. Standing atop a granite outcrop, one of the largest elephant rocks, Dumbo, tops the scales at a whopping 680 tons!

Visitors to Elephant Rocks State Park can easily view the granite boulders from the one-mile Braille Trail, designed to accommodate people with visual or physical disabilities. The trail passes by a quarry pond, which now supports a variety of animal life. A short spur off of the trail takes visitors to the top of the granite outcrop, where they can explore the maze of giant elephant rocks.

A second spur brings visitors to a point overlooking an old quarry site. This red granite, first commercially quarried in the late 1800s, has been used as building material and as paving blocks for the St. Louis levee and downtown streets. Today, "Missouri Red" granite is cut and polished mainly for use as monuments. Thirty picnic sites allow visitors to rest and have a cool drink among the stone pachyderms. Come see for yourself why Elephant Rocks State Park is a place you'll never forget!
Nearby Accommodations
Nostalgic Place LLC - Arcadia, MOBBs / Inns
A romantic country inn located in historic Arcadia Valley Missouri. Only 80 miles from St. Louis, Nostalgic Place BB is the best Missouri romantic getaway. We are nestled in the St. Franois Range of the Missouri Ozark Mountains, the oldest mountain range in the United States.
5.7 miles from park*


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Picnicking
Thirty picnic sites among the giant red boulders provide ample opportunity for picnicking and exploration of the elephant rocks. A children's playground is also available to visitors, making a trip to Elephant Rocks State Park perfect for a family outing.
Nature Programs
Interpretive programs are conducted every weekend at Elephant Rocks State Park from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Programs include a variety of games and quizzes as well as nature hikes and demonstrations that can be enjoyed by all ages.

The times of the programs vary from week to week and it is best to contact the park naturalist, based out of Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, at (573) 546-2450 for current information. Special group programs can also be arranged in advance for any time of the year by contacting the naturalist as well.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
December 28 Truly wheelchair accessible by Susan
One of my children uses a wheelchair for mobility while another is an avid hiker. This park was perfect for my family as not only is the main trail wheelchair accessible, it provides enough interest for everyone so we could enjoy it together. Awesome park! Thank you MO
September 3 still the same but a smaller version of by jerry
the last time i was there was 46 years ago and it wasent a park you just pulled off the hiway an made your self a camp site an dad would say go play dont get lost yea right six hours later we would come back and dad would say ya back allready them were the days i bet we went from one end to the other but i was only ten
June 21 by micheal
It looks fun
May 31 Great Family Fun! by tiffany
my husband and his siblings used to go here all the time as kids with their parents. when i moved here with him I went for the first time and fell in love with beautiful formations. now my husband and I take our son here. its a great place to establish family traditions.
September 17 HEY by ramona reed
That was the most amazing thing that i havee ever experinced!!!!
May 17 Awesome!
Awesome!
April 26 A Must See for Everyone !
My parents used to take my sister and I as kids, and now I am doing the same thing some 30 years later. Whether you go for the history of the mining process, to explore and climb on the mountains of granite, search for tad-poles in the small pools of water that form on the rocks, or just go for the sheer beauty of it, Elephant Rocks is a must see for every child and adult alike.
August 21
July 13 Interesting
I had no idea there was a such a place. The maze was fun and the formations were interesting. I was glad there is a paved path around the entire site (not very long) that I can bring my mother in her wheel chair to enjoy.


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Doc's Lakeside Cabin - Jonesboro, ILCottages and Cabins
Doc's Lakeside Cabin was built in 2012 and is located in beautiful Southern Illinois. Let us welcome you to setting where you can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
Web Site: docslakesidecabin.com
74.8 miles from park*
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From St. Louis : Take I-55 south out of St. Louis to U.S. Hwy. 67, just south of the Festus (Route A) exit. Turn right (Exit 174) onto southbound U.S. Hwy. 67 and drive past Bonne Terre, Park Hills, Leadington and into Farmington. On the south side of Farmington is the Route W overpass. Exit onto Route W. Travel on Route W for 18 miles to a flashing stoplight at a three-way stop. Turn right onto northbound Hwy. 21 and travel two miles. The park entrance is on right side of road. The trip is about one and one half hours long.

From Jefferson City : Take U.S. Hwy. 50 east out of Jefferson City to U.S. Hwy. 63. Turn right onto U.S. Hwy. 63 and travel to Vichy. At the junction of U.S. Hwy. 63 and Hwy. 68, turn left onto Hwy. 68. Stay on Hwy. 68 through St. James. South of St. James at the junction of Hwy. 68 and Hwy. 8, stay to the left. You will be on Hwy. 8. Travel on Hwy. 8 to Potosi. As you leave Potosi, turn right onto Hwy. 21. About five miles south of Belleview on Hwy. 21 is Elephant Rocks State Park on the left side of the road. The trip is about two and one half hours long.

From Springfield/Joplin : Take I-44 out of Springfield toward St. Louis. Exit at St. James Overpass (Exit 195) and turn right onto Hwy. 8. Stay on Hwy. 68 through St. James. South of St. James at the junction of Hwy. 68 and Hwy. 8, stay to the left. You will be on Hwy. 8. Travel on Hwy. 8 to Potosi. As you leave Potosi, turn right onto Hwy. 21. About five miles south of Belleview on Hwy. 21 is Elephant Rocks State Park on the left side of the road. The trip is at least four hours long.

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