Rocky Falls - Klepzig Mill Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Winona, MO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Rocky Falls - Klepzig Mill Trail out & back trail beginning at Rocky Falls and travels north on a portion of the Ozark trail, passing through Buzzard Mountain shut-ins before ending at Klepzig Mill and Rocky Creek shut-ins before returning the way you came back to Rocky Falls. The trail is begins at the most remarkable cascade in the state of Missouri and ends mid-way at Klepzig Mill, an historic mill located at another cascading falls at another shut-in located on Rocky Creek. Enroute you pass through Ozark highland mixed forests, streams, other shut-ins.
This trail has a large assortment of different Missouri terrain all in one trail. The types of rocks at rocky falls and the mill are fascinating. It is a good shortish hike. I did it in July, at the peak of summer heat and it was nice. There are many places to stop by the river and take a break to cool off if needed.
Drove 6 hours round trip with 2 cars so we could do the 3.5 mi from the Mill to the Falls in one pass instead of a 7 mi out and back. I don't see what all the fuss is about with this one. It was a pretty trail, and the waterfalls by the mill and and Rocky Falls were stunning, but the walk in between these two points fell short in my opinion.
Enjoyed this 6.5 mile hike on this unusual 72 degree day in February. There are two places where you do have to cross the creek that can be a little dicey. Right after you leave the beautiful cascade at the beginning of the hike and just after you get on the Ozark Trail. There are rocks and trees across the water to help but the rocks are slick and wiggly and the trees move as well. But once you cross these the hike is awesome. Take time to enjoy the Shut-Ins along the way. They are truly beautiful! It was a perfect hike on a perfect day!!
Be prepared to get your feet wet the 1st 1/2 mile.
Returned and did this again with family. Just a great hike with two special scenic areas on both ends with a nice little shut-in enroute.
This is one of the most scenic 3.5 miles in the state. You see three shut-ins, numerous cascades, an historic mill. I saw for the first time a herd of wild horses tearing through the timber. It was a great short hike.