The trail head can be a challenge to find but worth the effort. When you enter the trail turn left at the fork, go about 3 miles to the falls. I rate the falls a five star must see event, but the hike out following the rest of the loop not so much. I wish I had back tracked the way I came. The hike out is a good walk with some good elevations and vistas but on a hot day the price was not worth the reward. If you drive through Forsythe after the hike stop and have a sandwich at Fat Daddy's BBQ another five start location.
It was a good hike. But we did the top trail going in which was a bit hard to follow and had to cross the creek twice. But the falls were pretty. I waste impressed with the clearness of the water. The steam and fish were entertaining. The prettiest clear water. We took the blue trail out. It was longer but much easier and easier to follow. Also some pretty vista views. 7,6 mi round trip.
This is a favorite hike near Springfield. It's the far side of the Hercules Glades Wilderness so it doesn't see a lot of people. The trail down to the falls via Coy Bald is fun. Another fun option in warmer weather is to hike from the falls to the next trail intersection along/in Longs Creek. If you don't mind getting your feet wet and having to scramble around a bit, it's a neat way to see the creek and the occasional side waterfall in wet weather. The only drawbacks in summer are bugs, Missouri has some pretty aggressive horseflies and in the woods chiggers and ticks and all of the usual suspects require some care. In the winter it's much calmer.
This is one of the most secluded areas to hike in the area. Since it's not on the beaten path there's a lot fewer weekend warriors and a lot more solitude. Trails are poorly marked so take a topo map. We didn't have a 4WD vehicle and barely made it up to the parking area in perfectly dry weather! So, keep that in mind. We didn't have time to do a 2-day, but, in the 4 hours we hiked we only passed one guy with his 2 dogs.