Elephant Rocks State Park

Looking for a unique state park to visit in the midwest? We visited an inviting Missouri state park located close to the Johnson Shut-Ins called Elephant Rocks State Park. Elephant Rocks State Park gets its name from the gigantic boulders that stand end-to-end like circus elephants, and yes, it is rather unique. From what we’ve read, these rocks were apparently formed from 1.5 billion-year-old granite and have attracted tourists for years.




An easy way to see and access the rocks is from the 1 mile Braille Trail designed specifically for those who are visually impaired or have physical disabilities. Nearby, the Engine House Ruins Trail is accessed from the Braille Trail. It is a 15-minute one-way hike towards the ruins of an old engine house. This engine house was used to repair train engines for the Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad in the 1890s. Not only do these trails take you on a path unbelievable beauty, it also has a rich history to enjoy.

Check out this trail map to start planning your trip!

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Ever heard of Elephant Rocks State Park? You'll feel like you're on another planet when you see how big these boulders of granite are. www.pagesoftravel.org

  • neha
    October 16, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Very informative..and equally interesting! I have never been to such a place but after reading your post I want to visit here

    • kallsypage
      October 19, 2016 at 6:05 PM

      I hope you are able to! Thank you Neha.

  • srbrnrd
    October 17, 2016 at 2:05 AM

    It looks really nice, it is also great to have an access not only for disable but you can take the kid strollers there too, so many parks don’t have that kind of access limiting the experience to lots of people. Thanks for sharing

    • kallsypage
      October 19, 2016 at 6:05 PM

      That’s what we were impressed with to! It was catered to any person. We greatly enjoyed our time there. I hope you are able to visit someday!

  • Agnes
    October 17, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    The first picture already stunned me. The place looks very beautiful. Was it hard to climb those huge rocks, though? I am slightly afraid of heights, but when the place is so beautiful I am up for the challenge.

    • kallsypage
      October 19, 2016 at 6:01 PM

      Agnes, thank you so much for the compliment! It was very beautiful and green everywhere. They weren’t too terribly hard to climb because they have so many rough edges on them to grab onto. I am also somewhat afraid of heights but felt very sturdy on these! I hope you get the chance to visit someday. 🙂

  • 31andOver
    October 17, 2016 at 6:40 AM

    I’ve visited quite a few national parks in the US, but it always feels like there are more to see! Is it called Elephant Rocks because of the size and shape of the rocks or is there other reason? 😀

    • kallsypage
      October 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM

      I always feel that way too! You got it! The size of them and the fact that it appears that they are in a line like circus elephants once were. 🙂

  • Carlie
    October 17, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    I’d love to go here. I love that they have a trail that caters to those with disabilities. Thanks for posting!