Mina Sauk Falls Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ironton, Missouri that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 433 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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 note that there are areas that are off-limits due to fragile ecological conditions. These areas are marked by small stop signs.

rocky
3 days ago

Great hike. Be prepared for a rocky path. Good shoes are a must. Take your time to climb down to the base of the waterfall. It won't disappoint. For best views of the waterfall Hike after a rain.

hiking
4 days ago

Hard to see the falls from the trail. Would have to go off trail to get a great view. Trail not well marked at the falls. Was a bit hard to figure out where to go. We may have missed a part of the trail to get a better view of the falls.

muddy
rocky
5 days ago

What a beautiful hike! The rocky terrain made it slightly more challenging but the beauty of the area was well worth it. Very muddy in parts, but a clearly marked trail. It was quite busy today, especially around the waterfall, but it is a holiday weekend. 3 mile loop took us about 2 hours.

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bugs
muddy
off trail
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scramble
5 days ago

Took this trail for the first time. The biggest challenge was getting to the bottom of the fall, which was just off-trail but required you to go down a rocky decline, without a path to speak of. Once at the bottom, there were fairly good stepping stones across so that you could center yourself in front of the falls for pictures, etc. Some folks were swimming in the pool just under the falls. The whole area is beautiful, not just the area around the falls. There is a lookout at the top before beginning the decent to the falls that is picture worthy also. For any that like to camp, the state park tent campground & picnic area are within an easy walk to the trail, and the trail is connected to the highest point in the state. The trail connects to the Ozark Trail near the falls.

bugs
6 days ago

This is a really special place. The trail probably has some of the best views in Missouri. Pictures don't really do the views of the hills and the waterfall justice. It would probably be my favorite trail if it wasn't so busy.

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muddy
rocky
6 days ago

Great hike! Family friendly and moderately difficult with rocks to navigate. Hiking boots recommended. Beautiful waterfall to view!

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over grown
rocky
7 days ago

If you continue on a mile or so past the falls on the Ozark Trail to Devil's Tollgate, that area is overgrown somewhat, and expect two small water crossings. The falls loop is very rocky and slow going but well worth it! Definitely wearing boots instead of trail runners next time.

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rocky
11 days ago

Enjoyable hike along a well-marked trail. Fairly muddy given all the recent rain but this made the falls much more impressive. Hiked all the way to Devil's Tollgate. Highly recommended.

hiking
11 days ago

Rocky, wet, and the best hike I’ve done so far! It did take twice as long as hikes of similar distance, partly due to stopping to look at the falls and partly due to the terrain. I did complete it with 5 kids, age 3-11

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rocky
15 days ago

This was a great trail with a good mix of flat, downhills and slight inclines. It is definitely rocky in many spots and requires good hiking shoes/boots for good footing. Hiking poles are a plus but not absolutely necessary. The best was the treat where this trail intersects the Ozark Trail - the beautiful Mina Sauk Falls!

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muddy
rocky
16 days ago

Did this 5/2/20 with a six year old and two dogs. It was the perfect legnth to start the season. Lovely creek trail but we were unprepared for the rocky path. Everyones feet hurt afterwards. But all in all a very nice experience.

hiking
19 days ago

10/10 would adventure again. Next time I’d bring poles though. Really great hike for waterfall lovers.

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome hike! We made the trek to the Mina Sauk Falls after a rainy few days and it was FLOWING. This is a beautiful hike and I would highly recommend it.

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rocky
19 days ago

22 days ago

As many people have noted, the highest point in Missouri is a bit anticlimactic. The nearby trails however are definitely worth the drive. Handicap accessible concrete path all the way to the highest point placard. The loop trail to the falls can be a bit of a scramble in places.

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bugs
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rocky
26 days ago

Moderately trafficked trail with half of the loop following the creek. Must hike down, off trail, to get the full view of largest fall, but worth the trip. Says 3 mile hike, but I recorded 6 miles roundtrip. Recommend comfy shoes that can tackle rocky terrain, and don’t forget water!

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muddy
rocky
26 days ago

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