One tank trip: Elephant Rocks

IRON COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - This week's one tank trip takes us to Iron County.  It's a place where you can simply gaze up at some pretty amazing geological wonders or take on for a hiking experience you won't find anywhere else in the Heartland. In fact, there are only a few places in the world where you'll find sites like the ones at Elephant Rock State Park.

"It's awesome," said Kyle Hill, a visitor from St. Louis.

He's talking about the giant granite rocks, lined up like circus elephants. The size and structure of the formations high over the Arcadia Valley give them their nickname, Elephant Rocks.

"I think it's great to just come out and explore," said Hill.

Elephant Rocks is a work, in fact, still in progress dating back 1.5 billion years. Hot magma cooled and formed course granite. Weather and erosion eventually smoothed out the rough edges leaving huge rounded boulders.

The largest weighs in at 680 tons.

"Just the geological wonder of it all," commented Rosemary Alexander. Rosemary and her husband John traveled all the way from Cypress to see the amazing sites in the Heartland.

"It's just so easy to go from place to place," said Rosemary. "It's really been an amazing experience."

Hikers of a variety of experience levels also enjoy the challenge of navigating the rocks.

"There's lot of crevasses and drop-offs," said Hill. "You can get a pretty good workout."

Visitors say they loves taking in the view of Arcadia Valley from the peaks during all seasons.

Elephant Rock is just off Route 21 near Ironton.

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