Taum Sauk Mountain State Park Mina Sauk Falls Loop Trail/Ozark Trail to Devil’s Tollgate

Middlebrook, Missouri

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Taum Sauk Mountain State Park boasts both Missouri’s highest point and Missouri’s tallest waterfall. A visit to the highpoint first, then Mina Sauk Falls second, followed by a hike down to the Devil’s Tollgate rock formation make this hike a nice little trifecta. It’s an ideal hike following some wet weather, as the falls do not flow year-round. Located in the St. Francois Mountains, Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is one of the most rugged and beautiful locations in the state. Formed more than one billion years ago, this area was created when volcanic eruptions of hot ash settled and cooled to form rhyolite. Traces of these mountains still remain, although they are now covered in hardwood forests of oak and hickory trees. The highest point in Missouri, Taum Sauk Mountain’s elevation is 1,772 feet. This rugged day hike leads you past the highest point in the state and the tallest wet-weather waterfall in the state. You will also be on part of the longest trail in the state, the 350-mile-long Ozark Trail.
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by JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner (Falcon Guides)

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park boasts both Missouri’s highest point and Missouri’s tallest waterfall. A visit to the highpoint first, then Mina Sauk Falls second, followed by a hike down to the Devil’s Tollgate rock formation make this hike a nice little trifecta. It’s an ideal hike following some wet weather, as the falls do not flow year-round.

Located in the St. Francois Mountains, Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is one of the most rugged and beautiful locations in the state. Formed more than one billion years ago, this area was created when volcanic eruptions of hot ash settled
and cooled to form rhyolite. Traces of these mountains still remain, although they are now covered in hardwood forests of oak and hickory trees. The highest point in Missouri, Taum
Sauk Mountain’s elevation is 1,772 feet. This rugged day hike leads you past the highest point in the state and the tallest wet-weather waterfall in the state. You will also be on part of the longest trail in the state, the 350-mile-long Ozark Trail.

© 2014 JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Middlebrook
Distance: 5.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, 148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middlebrook, MO 63656; (573) 546-2450; www.mostateparks.com/park/taum-sauk-mountain-state-park
Local Maps: USGS Ironton; Ozark Trail—Taum Sauk Section map available at the trailhead
Driving Directions: Directions to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park: Mina Sauk Falls Loop Trail/Ozark Trail to Devil’s Tollgate

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