Make the great escape to Missouri's wilderness - Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. The park provides 7,501 acres of solitude amid unspoiled land with a wilderness quality hard to find in today's world. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is located in the St. Francois Mountains, one of the most rugged and scenic areas of the state. Almost 1.5 billion years ago, volcanic eruptions of hot ash settled and cooled to form rhyolite. Erosion has left only the roots of these mountains behind, now dotted by oak-hickory forest and rocky glades. Taum Sauk Mountain literally stands above others as the highest point in Missouri, rising to 1,772 feet. An easy walk leads visitors to the top. From there, the moderately rugged three-mile Mina Sauk Falls Trail continues to the tallest wet-weather waterfall in Missouri. Mina Sauk Falls drops 132 feet over a series of rocky ledges. A portion of this trail also serves as part of the Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail. Farther down the trail lies Devil's Tollgate, an eight-foot-wide passage through volcanic rhyolite standing 30 feet high. The Ozark Trail continues on to the Highway N trailhead at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, a distance of 14.4 miles. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park features a campground of 12 basic campsites, with drinking water and a vault toilet nearby. A special-use area is available for non-profit youth organizations. A nearby picnic area allows visitors to relax and enjoy lunch under the trees after a day of hiking.

backpacking
17 hours ago

There are many different terrain types along this beautiful trail.

Definitely will have to come back after a rain. The falls were just a trickle. My dog enjoyed himself immensely. Some parts he found tricky to navigate.

Not much flowing water would have been beautiful in wet weather highest point in Missouri is a real disappointment we where expecting something more.

I'll have to come back after a rain. I was disappointed in the falls. The rock formations were nice and there is noticeable elevation change that is nice to have. A few nice views too.

Oh my time on the recording is not right accidentally closed out of the app. Luckily it kept most of the info. I averaged about an hour a mile. I also stopped to look at the scenery a lot. It said at the end 11.0miles 10hrs 39 minutes. But that included my time that I stoped and looked at the views, and playing in the water.

Ok so I am a newbie !!! Probably my forth real hike lol. Decided to try backpacking. It was very challenging a lot of rocks everywhere. But I have to say it was beautiful. There was a heavy rain the night before so the waterfalls were beautiful !! And the creak crossings as well. Also pretty muddy in some spots.

I started at taum hauk and headed 5.5 miles towards Johnson shut Ins. Stopped for lunch then headed back. There are a lot of campsites along the way perfect for setting up camp. This would be a fun two or three day hike. You could hike to the shit Ins and then head back. I hope to come back and do it again. I wasn't quite ready to camp out yet.

I went on a holiday weekend. So there were quite a few people out. Mostly at the waterfalls. The waterfalls are 1.2 miles from the start. A lot of people camped out there.

I took boots and water shoes for hiking. The boots were good but hurt my ankles from all the angles with the rocks. But I am happy I took both. It was nice to switch it up.

I have to say this is one of my favorites!! So pretty and love being by the water too. Although in the middle of summer I can imagine it would possibly be kinda dry and not so much water. Another hiker said that after the 5.5 miles there is not as much water. So be prepared if you plan to go all the way through.

Watch your step and have a wonderful time !!!! It is a great hike I think :)

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is well worth the hike. Great lookouts along the trail and the waterfall was awesome. Scenery is awesome and waterfall is a great place to chill and enjoy the peace and serenity that a waterfall provides. Many neat spots to sit and enjoy little waterfalls also. A great lightly traveled hike that's worth driving the gravel road to get to.

hiking
1 month ago

Great day for a hike and the scenery didn't disappoint. Loved the stream that leads to the waterfalls so peaceful. Would definitely hike the trail again.

Hiked this loop a couple days ago in perfect conditions. Took the loop, although we saw some people doing this as a out and back and it was great. Beautiful views and the falls was a bonus. Trail was averagely trafficked on a great day to be outdoors and it took us a couple hours to finish this loop. Be sure to spend some time and take in the views at the falls!

We were lucky and got to experience this on a light rainy day. Just beautiful! Great views and an awesome waterfall! The hike was challenging at a few points, but never uncomfortable.

Too much human traffic, couldn't see any of the beautiful sites, kind of ruined the whole trip!!!i I would recommend it with someone for a romantic day, maybe start early in the morning before everyone gets there so not many people are there.