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

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

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.

Park Grounds:

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April 16 through Aug. 31
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fall Hours (Shoulder Season)
    Sept. 1 through Sept. 30
    8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Oct. 1 through Oct. 31
    8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Winter (Off-Season)
    Nov. 1 through Feb. 28
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Spring (Shoulder Season)
    March 1 through March 15
    8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    March 16 (daylight saving time) through April 15
    8 a.m. to 7 p.m.