Ozark Trail Rocky Falls to Stegall Mountain Vista

West Plains, Missouri

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You’ll enjoy the expansive views from the glade top of Stegall Mountain. Some of the forests in this area were cut in the early 1900s to provide fuel for a company that smelted low-grade iron ore near Stegall Mountain. Much of the forest has recovered, and controlled burns have helped reestablish the glade areas on and around the mountain. Keep an eye peeled for the collared lizard, a protected species referred to by locals as mountain boomers. Begin at Rocky Falls, a shut-in (a narrow area surrounded by hard rock) with beautifully cascading water when the creeks are running. Step back from the falls and begin walking east at the kiosk. You’ll quickly cross Rocky Creek. Rocky Falls might be covered up with people, depending on the weather and day of the week. The trail comes pretty quickly to a great location for camping on your right after crossing the creek.
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by Jim Warnock (Menasha Ridge Press)

You’ll enjoy the expansive views from the glade top of Stegall Mountain. Some of the forests in this area were cut in the early 1900s to provide fuel for a company that smelted low-grade iron ore near Stegall Mountain. Much of the forest has recovered, and controlled burns have helped reestablish the glade areas on and around the mountain. Keep an eye peeled for the collared lizard, a protected species referred to by locals as mountain boomers.

Begin at Rocky Falls, a shut-in (a narrow area surrounded by hard rock) with beautifully cascading water when the creeks are running. Step back from the falls and begin walking east at the kiosk. You’ll quickly cross Rocky Creek. Rocky Falls might be covered up with people, depending on the weather and day of the week. The trail comes pretty quickly to a great location for camping on your right after crossing the creek.

© 2017 Jim Warnock/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Plains
Distance: 6.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 763 feet
Top Elevation: 1,287 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Ozark Trail Association, 573-436-0540, ozarktrail.com
Local Maps: USGS Stegall Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Ozark Trail: Rocky Falls to Stegall Mountain Vista

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