If you're seeking adventure, Missouri has endless locations where you'll find just that. No matter which incredible nature spot you end up at, the more there is to see, hike, and climb, the better. A state park near St. Louis has all of that and more, and while you might think the Show-Me state already had enough gorgeous scenic spots, you're in for a real treat when you see this place.
Elephant Rocks State Park in Belleview, Missouri is less than two hours from St. Louis and has elephant-shaped and sized boulders.
While seeing an elephant up-close is typically reserved for your local zoo, this park has rocks that'll get the job done in a unique way.
During its on-season, which runs from April through October, the park is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. During its off-season, which runs from November through March, the park is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Luckily, you don't have to worry about the park closing early on you for the next few months as we're considered to be in the on-season.
You'll be able to enjoy over one-billion-year-old boulders that, when close together, resemble "a train of circus elephants."
Not only are the rocks pretty showstopping in size and shape, but the trails at the park are as well.
You can hike Braille Trail to not only see "elephants," but lots of other nature as well.
According to their website, a food truck is now operating at the park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The truck sells hot dogs, brats, shaved ice, and more.
Only cash is excepted a the on-site food truck, so be sure to have that handy if you've left your own food and drink at home.
A shaved ice after a long day of climbing rocks sounds super ideal. Yum!
A day out under the sun while surrounded by the most interesting rock formations could make for a very memorable road trip.
Elephant Rocks State Park
Address: 7390, 7406 MO-21, Belleview, MO
Why You Need To Go: You can't find boulders in this shape and size anywhere else in good 'ole Missouri.
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