Want to see “elephants” in a natural environment in Missouri?
You’ll want to plan a trip to the southeastern corner of the state and check out Elephant Rocks State Park.
The giant boulders that “stand end-to-end like a train of circus elephants” were formed from 1.5 billion year old granite.
We took a quick road trip over Christmas weekend to see parts of Missouri we’d never been to before. It’s something we’ve been trying to do more of in recent years since it’s more difficult to travel now with my chronic pain issues. And since my husband is a teacher, Christmas break is a perfect time to get out and explore.
I hesitated to post photos because everything is so dead looking since it was winter. But the park is accessible (and fun!) year-round.
One of the really cool things about it is the Braille Trail, which was specifically designed for people with visual and physical disabilities. The paved path (which made hiking through the park much easier for me) winds through the main area of rocks and geological formations where you can also see an old quarry.
And an extension of the trail leads to the ruins of an old railroad engine house.
You can also go rappelling and rock climbing (check out the regulations here: Missouri State Parks) as well as fishing. There’s also a playground and picnic tables for resting or a stop for lunch.
And if you’re continuing your road trip on south, head on to Sikeston for a (big) bite to eat at Lambert’s Cafe, home of the throwed rolls. Heads up, though, you might get hit by a flying roll if you’re not paying attention! Lots of home-cooked food. Just be prepared to wait in line for a while.
We’ve been very impressed by our experiences with the Missouri State Parks system. Do you have any favorite parks?