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Elephant Rock Hike & Subterranean Lake Boat Tour

  • Elephant Rocks State Park United States (map)
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Did you know that Missouri is home to one of the world’s largest subterranean lake? Today we will visit some of the most unique locations in our state! We will start at Elephant Rocks State Park, named after its awe-inspiring trunk-to-tail gigantic pink granite boulders appearing to the top of the hill like a train of circus elephants. This unique rock formation was created 1.5 billion years ago by lava being pushed to the surface in the most unique and beautiful was possible. Today’s hike will not even feel like a hike - this place feels like an adult’s playground, where you will be able to jump from rock to rock and let your imagination fly with it. It is a simple 1.5 mile hike amazing for families and adults. 

After the hike, we will head to Bonne de Terre Mine for a very unique adventure. Bonne de Tenne Mine is a natural historic site and home for the World Largest Subterranean Lake. We will take a guided boat tour of the Billion Gallon Lake with its crystal clear water and amazing views of different parts of the mine such as submerged ore carts, scaffolding, grating, pillars, slurry pipes, elevator shafts and much more. Bonne Terre is one of the most unusual and beautiful places in Missouri.


INCLUDES: TRANSPORTATION, GUIDED BOAT TOUR, AND EXPERT GUIDE

DOES NOT INCLUDE: GUIDE’S TIPS

AGE REQUIREMENT: 8+ 


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Enjoy this simple day in nature- an easy 1.5 mile hike and breathtaking boat tour.

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Get connected with nature and history through a very unique trip.

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Enjoy one of the most unique experiences out in nature - amazing rock formations and a subterranean lake! Can’t get much better than that!


PICKUP LOCATIONS

  • SPRINGFIELD: 5 Pound Apparel at Farmers Park (2144 E Republic Road, Springfield, MO 65804)
    PICK UP TIME: 7:30 AM

PERFECT FOR

  • First time adventurers looking for a relaxing day on the water

  • Explorers looking for a fun and different day in nature

  • Families looking for a unique experience.

PACKING LIST

WHAT TO WEAR?

  • Athletic clothing.

  • Hiking/athletic shoes or boots

  • Hat

  • Sunscreen / Bug repellent

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Backpack.

  • Water, lunch and snacks for the hike

  • Coat - it will get colder in the mine.

  • Camera (optional)

  • Hiking poles (optional)


SCHEDULE

  • Meet at 7:30 at Farmers Park.

  • Drive 3 hour to the Elephant Rocks State Park.

  • Enjoy a fun hike through these amazing rock formations.

  • Be amazed at Bonne de Terre Subterranean Lake on a guided tour boat.

  • Drive back to Springfield and arrive around 6:30 pm.

Earlier Event: September 8
Hike, Float, & Ice Cream