The One Place Near St. Louis That Must Be Seen To Be Believed

If you only plan to visit one state park in Missouri this fall, it should be Elephant Rocks State Park. Located south of St. Louis down Highway 67 near the Mark Twain National Forest, this park features huge — giant boulders that are some of the oldest rock formations in the Midwest.

You can climb up and on the huge boulders here, providing they are under 16 feet, without a permit. But you can apply for rappelling permits for the larger rocks here. This wooded park must be seen to be believed and is not just rare in the Midwest but is a beautiful oddity in the United States. Read below to plan your geological hands-on state park experience!

This park offers several lakes for fishing, a playground, and picnic tables. As you plan your trip, plan to bring most of what you need for the day, as this park is remote and even roadside stops are scarce along the latter part of the drive. But the drive to this park is almost as beautiful as the destination!

For more natural Missouri wonders check out these amazing cave tours. You won’t believe what you can see underground!