Ozark Trail Klepzig Mill to Rocky Falls

Potosi, Missouri

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This interesting and beautiful section of the Ozark Trail begins at the historic Klepzig Mill and shut-ins and ends at the equally impressive Rocky Falls. Hikers taking on this journey should be prepared to take a dip and cool off at the Rocky Falls, a popular place for tourists and locals to relax during the hot summer months. This section of the Ozark Trail makes an excellent day hike for those looking to explore the exceptional beauty of the Ozarks. The trail begins near Klepzig Mill and shut-ins. On the National Register of Historic Places, the small turbine mill was constructed in 1928 by Walter Klepzig. There is also a series of small shut-ins in this area. Although smaller in size than other shut-ins found in the region, such as Johnson’s Shut-Ins, the area is well worth a visit any time of year. At the southern end of this trail, where you will leave your vehicle, lies Rocky Falls, an impressive 40-foot waterfall that cascades over a series of rhyolite steps. During hot weather you will likely find the area crowded with swimmers. While it is an excellent swimming hole, if you are looking for solitude, visit during cooler weather.
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Hiking Ozarks

by JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner (Falcon Guides)

This interesting and beautiful section of the Ozark Trail begins at the historic Klepzig Mill and shut-ins and ends at the equally impressive Rocky Falls. Hikers taking on this journey should be prepared to take a dip and cool off at the Rocky Falls, a popular place for tourists and locals to relax during the hot summer months.

This section of the Ozark Trail makes an excellent day hike for those looking to explore the exceptional beauty of the Ozarks. The trail begins near Klepzig Mill and shut-ins. On the National Register of Historic Places, the small turbine mill was constructed in 1928 by Walter Klepzig. There is also a series of small shut-ins in this area. Although smaller
in size than other shut-ins found in the region, such as Johnson’s Shut-Ins, the area is well worth a visit any time of year.

At the southern end of this trail, where you will leave your vehicle, lies Rocky Falls, an impressive 40-foot waterfall that cascades over a series of rhyolite steps. During hot weather you will likely find the area crowded with swimmers. While it is an excellent swimming hole, if you are looking for solitude, visit during cooler weather.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Potosi
Distance: 6.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Ozark Trail Association, 406 W. High St., Potosi, MO 63664; (573) 436-0540; ozarktrail.com
Local Maps: USGS Stegall Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Ozark Trail: Klepzig Mill to Rocky Falls

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