Exploring Missouri State Parks: Taum Sauk Mountain

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show!

Located in the St. Francois Mountains of the Ozarks in southeast Missouri, Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is home to the state’s highest point and its tallest waterfall.

An easy walk from the parking lot brings you to the geologic marker where the land rises to 1,772 feet above sea level. A moderately rugged loop trail leads to Mina Sauk Falls.

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

In wet weather, water tumbles over rocky volcanic ledges into a clear pool lined with mossy boulders 132 feet below. The trail heads down from a glade that offers spectacular views of the countryside.

The walk is a treat in spring, when wildflowers decorate the glade, and in fall, when the Ozarks basks in autumn colors.

From the bottom of the waterfall, hikers can take the Ozark Trail 13 miles to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. The hike is strenuous, but offers the best solitude and scenery in the state.

The park features a campground with basic campsites, and a shaded picnic area.

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