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Best trails in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
Park information
Acreage:
7501 acres
Park hours
Monday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
573-546-2450
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Top trails (4)
#1 - Mina Sauk Falls Trail
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
This a fairly easy hike, although the trail is rocky in some areas. The Mina Sauk Falls is at the half way point. This trail also intersects with the Ozark Trail. The trail is well marked. Please noteShow more
#2 - The Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Section
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
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Length: 33.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is one of the finest trails in Missouri. It’s rugged, scenic, and passes by one of the best swimming areas you’ll find. Generally in good shape, mostly tree free, but expect some seasonal growth.Show more
#3 - Taum Sauk Missouri's Highpoint Trail
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 48 m
A walk-up summit in the St. Francis Mountains of Missouri Located in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, this easy walk-up highpoint is even wheelchair accessible. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park also holdShow more
#4 - Russell Mountain to Taum Sauk
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 4 h 32 m
Russell Mountain to Taum Sauk is a 9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Arcadia, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used forShow more