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Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock

The giant elephant-shaped granite boulders are the star at Elephant Rocks State Park. The coarsely crystalline red granite forms are popular with history buffs (who like to read the names of the 19th century miners who used to work in the area and who carved their names into rocks), children (who love to climb and scramble over and through the rocks) and parents (who revel in taking pictures of their children pretending to push the rocks). The park has a trail that winds through the rocks, which is an interpretative Braille trail. Abundant picnic areas and vibrant fall colors add to the park’s appeal.

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Black River Lodge has been bringing families together for over 60 years. Some of our guests have shared their memories and stories to help explain the magic of Black River Lodge.

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Black River Lodge provides the perfect base to set out on a new adventure with your family everyday. Check out some of the great places to visit just a short drive from the lodge.

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Black River Lodge

Black River Lodge
1385 County Road 342, Lesterville, MO 63654

(573) 637-2550