We have had the opportunity to visit a few of the Missouri State parks over the last several years and one of our favorites was Elephant Rock State Park. We took the boys there in the summer of 2014. It is one of those places that is hard to describe to other people and even showing pictures doesn't do it justice. It is a 134 acre park in southeast Missouri. It is filled with massive boulders made of granite. There are lots of picnic tables set up near the entrance and it has a paved walking trail and you can climb to the top for a beautiful view.
It's a little hard to tell how big these rocks actually are...
but here we are standing between them. The rock on the right is named Dumbo and is 27 feet tall, and 34 feet long.
The kids had fun climbing all over everything. They thought it was quite an adventure!
Koda found a big pile of rocks. He was impressed!
I think he enjoyed this state park more than any of us.
I spent most of my time trying to keep track of this little climber.
This narrow path is called "Fat Man's Squeeze".
Mark had to try climbing up everything the hard way.
Kaden was pretty impressed with this one.
There are two old rock quarries in the park and rock from the park was used in building the City Hall in St. Louis as well as various other buildings and structures around the city.
View from the top. I hope to visit here again during the fall and see this view with all the trees changing colors.