Elephant Rocks Braille

Paved Braille Signage Trail around 7.5 acre geologic natural area and spur trail to ruin of railroad engine house. 20 plus educational signs are on the trail written in both English and Braille. Repaved in 2010, most of the trail is at least 4 foot wide and wheelchair accessible. One 3 foot section is still only 36 inches wide.

photo: Jumbo Type: Fitness Trail
Nature Trail
Length: 1.20 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Inside Elephant Rocks State Park - 7406 Hwy 21, Belleview, MO 63623
N37°39.045 W90°41.415
States: Missouri
Counties: Iron
Latitude: 37.65268   Longitude: -90.68925

South East Mo. Elephant Rocks State Park is on Hwy 21 between Caledonia, MO and Pilot Knob, MO. The trail starts at the main parking lot.

Description

At Elephant Rocks State Park giant boulders of 1.5 billion-year-old granite stand end-to-end like a train of circus elephants. Visitors to Elephant Rocks State Park can easily view the granite boulders from the one-mile paved Braille Trail. Designed especially for people with visual and physical disabilities, the Braille Trail is the first of its kind in Missouri state parks, possibly in the entire state. The path through the site is asphalt and has varying slopes and conditions. In addition, this trail offers interpretive stations with Braille text. Carpet patches followed by a hand-rope mark stations and changes in the pathway. Most of the one-mile long trail is shady and rest areas are provided.
A trail spur brings visitors to a point overlooking an old quarry site. Just outside the park is the oldest recorded commercial granite quarry in the state. This quarry, opened in 1869, furnished facing stone for bridge piers across the Mississippi River, and from 1880 to 1900, millions of paving blocks for the St. Louis levee and downtown streets came from this quarry. Other nearby quarries supplied granite for many major St. Louis buildings.
In addition to the mammoth granite boulders, the trail also passes by an old quarry pond, which now supports a variety of animal life. A short spur off of the trail takes visitors to the top of the granite outcrop, where they can further explore the maze of giant elephant rocks. Thirty picnic sites among the giant red boulders provide ample opportunity for family picnicking and exploration of the elephant rocks. One individual and one group picnic site, located among the trees, have been modified with pavement and extended-end tables.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1973

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: State Park Brochure
Website: Missouri State Parks - Elephant Rocks State Park W

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Walt Busch
Natural Resources Manager 1
Mo. DNR - Division of State Parks
Fort Davidson State Historic Site
P.O. Box 509
Pilot Knob , MO 63663 -0509
(800) 334-6946
fort.davidson.state.historic.site@dnr.mo.gov
http://www.mostateparks.com/elephantrock.htm

 

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