Elephant Rocks State Park: Hidden Missouri Gem

Elephant Rocks State Park, one of the most curious geologic formations in Missouri.

One might ask why these rocks are referred to as elephants, it is because giant boulders of ancient granite stand end-to-end like a train of circus elephants.

Molten rock, called magma, accumulated deep below the earth’s surface. The magma slowly cooled, forming red granite rock. Once the granite boulders are formed, atmospheric weathering continues to modify their shapes and surfaces even today.

These are some of the oldest rocks in south-central and eastern United States – about 1.5 billion years old! Dumbo, (picture #3) is 27 feet tall, 34 feet long, 17 feet wide and tips the scales at a hefty 680 tons. Maybe he should lay off the peanuts 😉

Most of the trails are ADA- compliant which makes them accessible for everyone!

We loaded up the hound, packed a picnic lunch, and headed on our 1.5 hour drive to the park! We decided to visit on the 4th of July weekend. It was beautiful weather, but we did not expect it to be as crowded as it was. Lots of little kiddos running around!

Overall though the park was a lot of fun and the rocks were super cool to see/climb on! We will definitely be going back!




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