Picnic Area

at Elephant Rocks State Park

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Enjoy a picnic lunch among the giant red boulders. Picnic sites are scattered throughout the park, creating an inviting place to have lunch under a shady tree and not far from an "elephant."


A playground is nearby.


Park Hours


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Park Hours

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

Elephant Rocks State Park is experiencing unprecedented attendance, especially on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This is leading to overcrowding, long delays and no parking availability. To avoid overcrowding, encourage social distancing and to provide a safe and enjoyable experience, we strongly recommend visiting the park on weekdays, Monday through Thursday. For up-to-date information on the best time to visit the park, call 573-546-3454 from 10 a. m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.

Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures designed to maintain required social distancing and protect visitors, volunteers and staff, including the closure of visitor centers, nature centers, offices and museums. Signage is posted with staff contact information for questions while at the park.

Park Grounds:

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through October
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    November through March
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.