Elephant Rocks State Park RV & Campground Guide

Missouri

Situated to the southeast of Belleview, Missouri, and west of Farmington, Missouri, sits Elephant Rocks State Park, which is also just south of the Buford Mountain Conservation Area in Bismarck, Missouri. Known for its huge Precambrian granite boulder formations that were formed over 1 billion years ago, Elephant Rocks State Park is located on a remote piece of land that borders a local quarry. Boasting seasonal temperature highs in the 80s around August and lows of 30 degrees in the winter months, this state park offers hiking, swimming, camping, and rock climbing. Guests can see the rocks that miners in the 19th century carved their names into and enjoy the breathtaking views that Southeast Missouri has to offer at this natural park. For the most part, Elephant Rocks State Park is a secluded gem, which is what makes it so attractive to visitors.

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Weather
Spring 33-76 F
Summer 59-87 F
Fall 54-79 F
Winter 20-45 F
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Nearby Cities
Middle Brook, MO
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Elephant Rocks State Park

A lack of nearby amenities can be disheartening for some visitors, but those who prefer to travel by RV will find this to be a perfect destination. RV parks provide a convenient and affordable way to stay close to and easily access Elephant Rocks State Park for a day trip or week-long getaway. For guests who do not have RVs, RVshare makes it easy to rent one.

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Campground

As a local camping area that prides itself on offering natural beauty, Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is located just west of Elephant Rocks State Park. Sitting amidst the St. Francois Mountains, this park offers a rugged atmosphere for camping, hiking, nature exploration, and picnicking. Glades and rivers are abundant throughout the park, which is home to 17 terrestrial communities and more than 850 plant species.


• Location: Middle Brook, MO
• Nightly Rate: $12-$30
• Wi-Fi: Yes, limited
• Water Hookup: Yes
• Sewer Hookup: Yes
• Electric Hookup: Yes
• Pet-Friendly: Yes
• Other Features: Discount of $2 per night for senior citizens, military, and people with disabilities; modern restrooms and shower houses

Council Bluff Lake Recreation Area

Offering a more rustic camping experience, Council Bluff Lake Recreation Area is great for those looking to take advantage of local hiking, kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming, and camping. Sitting next to the largest lake in the Mark Twain National Forest, this area is known as the perfect location for outdoor activities.


• Location: Belgrade, MO
• Nightly Rate: $11-$100
• Wi-Fi: No
• Water Hookup: No
• Sewer Hookup: No
• Electric Hookup: No
• Pet-Friendly: Yes
• Other Features: Accommodations for RVs up to 40 feet in length, lantern posts and campfire rings provided, group sites available

Big Creek RV Park LLC

For a more modern camping experience, Big Creek RV Park LLC offers all the amenities you are looking for. Located off Highway 49, this RV park offers back-in and pull-through sites as well as a camp store, playground, horseshoe pit, and gathering area. Sitting next to a creek, visitors can feel free to wade in and cool off. A central volleyball court and arcade are some of this location’s favorite visitor attractions.


• Location: Annapolis, MO
• Nightly Rate: $39-$48
• Wi-Fi: Yes
• Water Hookup: Yes
• Sewer Hookup: Yes
• Electric Hookup: Yes
• Pet-Friendly: Yes
• Other Features: Discounts for Good Sam Club members, on-site pool, wide sites, nearby creek

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What to Do at
Elephant Rocks State Park

Inside Elephant Rocks State Park

Unlike other destinations that solely offer walking trails, Elephant Rocks State Park is so much more than a hiking destination. While visitors can enjoy two different hiking trails – the Braille Trail and the Engine House Ruins Trail – this state park also offers quarry views, exploration of a local engine house, bird-watching, virtual tours, and a food truck. Designed for visitors of all physical ability levels, including those with physical disabilities, Elephant Rocks State Park welcomes everyone. Hiking through the main rock area, exploring the old engine house of a historic railroad, and photographing geological formations throughout the park are some of the most popular activities.

Outside Elephant Rocks State Park

Despite the remoteness of Elephant Rocks State Park, there are many other area attractions that guests can take in while they are in this popular Missouri destination. From restaurants to shopping to other outdoor activities, many options are available to complete your vacation. The area around Elephant Rocks State Park expands through many nearby cities, each offering its own unique experiences.

Restaurants

Baylee Jo's Barbecue

It does not get more small-town than this. Featuring down-home cooking, this is the place to grab a bite to eat in Ironton, MO. Everything at Baylee Jo's Barbecue is cooked on a custom-made grill with cherry wood, and guests can enjoy a wide array of slow-cooked meats for lunch and dinner plates.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 1315 MO-21, Ironton, MO 63650

Fort Davidson Cafe

Featuring all-American dishes, this small-town cafe is in the heart of Pilot Knob, MO. Guests can grab a cup of soup, a light salad, or a home-cooked meal. This restaurant is consistently rated highly, and guests agree that the food is excellent at the Fort Davidson Cafe.

Type: American

Location: 302 S McCune St., Pilot Knob, MO 63663

The Abbey Kitchen

Baking at its finest is the specialty of this little cafe in Arcadia, MO. Fresh-baked bread, cinnamon rolls, and sandwiches are a few of the dishes that are requested the most often at this quaint bakery. The Abbey Kitchen is a great option for breakfast, a mid-day snack, or a light lunch.

Type: Bakery, Ice Cream Parlor

Location: 211 S College St., Arcadia, MO 63621

Iron Mule

If that is not a name that urges you to stop in, we do not know what is. The Iron Mule is an American bar and pizzeria that is in Ironton. Baskets of onion rings, pub-style chips, and delicious pizza can be ordered from the Iron Mule's hearty menu.

Type: American, Pub

Location: 211 S College St., Arcadia, MO 63621

The Rustler Cafe

Though this restaurant may not look like much from the outside, everything cooked at The Rustler Cafe is made with love. From heart-warming stews to down-home fried chicken, guests can get a nostalgic feel from the American diner-style that this restaurant incorporates in its menu.

Type: Cafe

Location: 306 Hwy 221, Pilot Knob, MO 63663

Shopping

Arcadia Valley Soap Co.

Who knew getting clean could be so fun? Come in and see the process of soap-making that was popular in the 1920s and purchase a few goodies to take home from Arcadia Valley Soap Co.. Drop by the nearby 1858 Iron County Courthouse while you are in the area, too.

Location: 119 S Main St., Ironton, MO 63650

Bert's Corner Home Accents

Enjoy the thrill of antique shopping at this local gem located in Ironton, MO. Unusual finds, unique gifts, and merchandise from the past are specialty items at this one-of-a-kind store.

Location: 111 S. Main St., Ironton, MO 63650

Old Village Mercantile

The name of this shop says it all. The Old Village Mercantile is a one-stop-shop for guests visiting Caledonia. It is a coffee shop, museum, ice cream parlor, and antique store all in one historic building.

Location: 219 S. State Hwy. 21, Caledonia, MO 63631

Lost Cove on the Square

If you are looking for a unique shopping experience, stop by the Lost Cove on the Square. Featuring balsamic vinegar, unique olive oils, and spices, this little shop in Ironton is a must-see while you are in town.

Location: 102 W Russell St., Ironton, MO 63650

FDC's Missouri Store

The Fort Davidson Cafe is not just a place to fill your stomach; guests can also shop around for unique Missouri-made gifts at the attached store. From hiking sticks to candles to jewelry, everything is homemade in this cute little shop. Artwork and pottery are also available for purchase.

Location: 302 S McCune St., Pilot Knob, MO 63663

Sightseeing

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

If you want to stay with the recreational theme and make your visit all about natural beauty, there is no destination more desirable than Tom Sauk Mountain State Park. Located in Ironton, MO, this state park is known for its backpacking, waterfalls, and primitive camping. You cannot miss out on this outdoor destination.

Location: Highway CC, Ironton, MO 63656

Nash's Carriage Rides

Change things up with an old-time carriage ride outside of Grant’s Restaurant in downtown Ironton. Available for birthdays, special events, or a fun night out, this is a unique experience you will not want to pass up.

Location: 203 South Knob St., Ironton, MO 63650

Spring Valley Music Festival

If you are visiting from May to October, make sure you do not miss out on the local Spring Valley Music Festival. This event takes place in Ironton, MO, and features bluegrass and old-fashioned Americana music performed by local groups. A stage will be set up for aspiring pickers, so be sure to give it a shot at this local music festival.

Location: Arcadia Valley Courthouse Square

Iron County History Museum

See a piece of history in this 1940s-era train depot that has been restored to showcase historical artifacts from the area. Photographs, genealogical records, and more can be found in the halls of this historic location. A Union battle flag from the Battle of Pilot Knob, which took place during the Civil War, is even present.

Location: 630 Route 21, Arcadia, MO 63621

Ulysses S. Grant Monument

Established in commemoration of the location where this historic figure received his rank of brigadier general, the Ulysses S. Grant Monument is located in a serene setting in Ironton, MO. Settled near the spring and duck pond of the Ste. Marie Du Lac church, this bronze statue is a frequented tourist destination in the area.

Location: 350 S. Main St., Ironton, MO 63650

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How to Get to
Elephant Rocks State Park

Elephant Rocks State Park can be accessed via MO-32 and I-44 from the south and I-55 from the north. Guests will find the location off County Road 53 between Belleview and Pilot Knob by turning off MO-21.

Entering Elephant Rocks State Park

The park is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer season (April-October) and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter season (November-March).

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We are excited that you chose Elephant Rocks State Park for your exploration and RVing destination. This park has amazing opportunities for guests both inside and outside of its legendary gates. If you are interested in sightseeing as part of an RV trip, please visit RVshare to look at reservation options. Be sure to share your photos, stories, and fun adventures at [email protected]!