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Taum Sauk Missouri's Highpoint Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ironton, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 62 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

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Bird watching

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Forest

Partially paved

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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 holds the tallest waterfall in Missouri, Mina Sauk Falls, which drops 132 feet. Although this route doesn't take you to the falls it may be fun to check them out if you have time. For most highpointers this is a pretty far drive from an interstate though.

No permits or fees required.

Directions to the state park: Head south on Route 21 from Arcadia for about 4.5 miles. Turn right onto Highway CC which has a sign for the state park. After a few miles the pavement will end near a fork in the road next to the tower. You can park here and climb the tower then take a right to head into the state park past the viewing platform to the parking area for the true highpoint.

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Audrey Osborn
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Very easy, nice paved trail to the marker. There is not view from the marker, but there is a lookout further up the road that is beautiful.

Raymond Guarnieri
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Hiking

This was number 21 for me of the 50 US Highpoints. So far, it was above average within the category of high points that are drivable. Some really nice views at the overlook on the service road. The 5 minute walk from the parking lot to the summit was paved with concrete and very well kept. A nice and peaceful walk on a mild day = no complaints. Of course I love a good, challenging hike, which this was not. But again, in the category of drivable high points, this was definitely above average.

Nina Lombardo
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The trail itself is nice and paved. Lots of parking, takes some time driving up to the summit. bathrooms were disgusting, I noted a lot of TP outside because clearly people would rather pee outside then inside those. No trash cans in the park. The highpoint is underwhelming as other reviews say, however, nature picks the highpoint not us haha. It is located in the woods so there is not a lookout. There is a nice boardwalk you pass while driving up where you can get your pictures at a look-out. There are nice signs explaining the mountain range as well. In my opinion, after driving all the way up there it isn’t really worth it unless you are NOT interested in hiking. If you want a hike, plan to do the 3 mile Mina Sauk Falls trail because the trailhead is next to the highpoint. This trail is very rocky and many signs warned to bring plenty of water, food, and wear good shoes. It says it takes two hours to complete. Every bit of that proved true but it was well worth it!

Lauren Janee
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Very underwhelming. A nice place to relax after completing the Mina Sauk Trail.

Nikolette Figeuroa
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I’ve recently gotten into high pointing and I will say that this trail is more of a walk- up than anything. It takes about five minutes from the parking lot to the actual plaque and it’s entirely paved. It is always thrilling to get to a high point no matter the state or how you reach it, but I will say that it doesn’t feel quite as deserved when it’s so easy to access. Thankfully I followed this trail with the Mina Sauk Falls trail and I’d suggest you do this too if you’d actually like to get a decent workout in and get a better view of both the mountain and scenery in general.

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Emily Foley
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Good view of the different mountain summits and I like the info about them posted by the lookout. I went on a clear day and the view is pretty. This is definitely not a hike but if you do this after the Falls it’s a pretty nice way to end the day.

Amy Mosier
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pretty much just a bragging point

Bailey Barton
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Cool but kinda underwhelming. It is a nice place to relax after finishing the Mina Sawk Falls trail.

Conway Hawn
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Hiking

From the parking lot, a 1/2 mile total out and back walk on a wide paved sidewalk. The concrete walk will turn sharply left and lead to a bench with a plaque in front of a large rock surrounded by trees that marks the highest point in the state at 1772.68 msl.

Tacora Sanderson
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Walking

Meh! Not so great. It was a fun bragging point but that’s it. The walk is very easy and short. There are no views associated with the highest point. We actually passed it up the first time around. If you are looking for views then walk to this point and keep going down the Mina Falls trail! Beautiful hike but a little rugged so be prepared for rock hiking past the paved walk.

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Hiking

The mileage for the route shown here is much less than 1.9 miles. Maybe a 5 minute flat walk each way to a forested summit. Gotta do something a bit longer for some views.

Bri Gaines
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Paved, and no views

Heather Akridge
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Hiking

Ate lunch by the waterfall! Beautiful day.

Nancy Welch
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Backpacking

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 :)

Joey Counts
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Highest point in Missouri Been here many times. Always ready for my next visit !!!!

Glyn Dix
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Hiking

Rather lack luster for the highest point in Missouri. Simple little path to the stone and plaque

Jason Nipper
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Simply beautiful.

Doug Neidholdt
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Hiking

The tallest peak in Missouri is a rounded knob. You would not know it is the high point in Missouri other than it being marked. I suppose it is a bragging point but it is not spectacular. However, the area in general has great Ozark hiking opportunities. You definately want to do Mina Sauk Falls (in the spring or fall).

Dave Sharpe
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Stacey Hillis
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matt Leighton
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J JenningsOutside
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Sara Gilliam
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Joseph Hansen
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Amanda S
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Sam B.
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Deep G.
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Chris Hester
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David Kleen
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Kenneth Wayne
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