Elephant Rocks State Park

Day 3 started at Elephant Rocks State Park, a bit north of Johnson’s Shut-ins.

The main trail is paved, wheel-chair accessible, and has braille signage.  As I walked around I thought, “okay the rocks are kinda big but certainly not elephant-sized”.Then I started catching glimpses through the trees of what looked like a huge mound of solid granite.There are a few piles of very recent rock too – from the nearby granite quarry.As you get around to the back side of the trail there are stairs leading onto that big piece of granite, with the so-called elephant rocks sitting on top.  This outcropping is way too big for pictures to do it justice – not as big as Stone Mountain of course, but still very impressive.  Here’s the view from near one end of the outcropping, looking at the elephant rocks in the center of it.  There’s a couple people in there to help show the scale.

And then a closer look at “Dumbo”, the biggest of the rocks.

Behind the outcropping you can also see one of the now-abandoned quarries.  There is a natural surface trail that goes around the back of the quarry, around piles of granite debris grouped by size from “compact car” to “pea gravel”.

This is what’s left of a pump house, I think.There’s lots of wildlife to see too, of course.

I thought the huge granite outcropping was the most interesting part of the site.  None of my cursory research mentioned it so it was a bit of a surprise.

About Michael R

I enjoy hiking, landscaping with native plants, nature photography, dark chocolate, fine dining, good movies, and old jazz.
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