Taum Sauk Mountain State Park in Ironton, MO
With all the rain lately, this is great time to visit this beautiful hike in Southeastern Missouri. This is a fairly rugged 3 mile trail, but the pay off is worth it to see Missouri’s tallest waterfall plus the highest point in the state.
The start of the trail in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park has a short and paved trail that leads to a marker for the state’s highest point. Don’t expect any good views from this point though.
But don’t worry, the views start to show up a short ways down the trail. The path makes a loop. If you head off to the right at the fork, you will get to the waterfall a little quicker. While the path is fairly rocky, it’s not super steep and offers sweeping views of the area.
Before you know it, you will start to hear the sounds of rushing water. The Mina Sauk Falls flows best after a good rain or in the spring. By summer, it’s often dry.
There are several paths to follow down to get a closer look.
After you’ve had a little break to rest and enjoy the sights and sounds of the waterfall, it’s time to climb back up the hill to the loop trail.
The trail actually crosses right to the top of the waterfall. Tread carefully here, especially with children.
Upstream from the waterfall there are many more smaller cascades. This is a safer spot for kids to explore the water.
The trail continues along through woods and glades back to the parking area. If you still have some energy left, there is a fire tower available for climbing for an even better view of the area.
The park is open sunrise to sunset, year round. More info can be found here. A couple of our other favorite spots are nearby including Johnson’s Shut-Ins, Ketcherside Mountain Hike, and Elephant Rocks State Park. Many more trip reports to come from those places and more!