Ozark Trail Rocky Falls to Klepzig Mill

West Plains, Missouri

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This hike begins at the same trailhead as the Stegall Mountain Trail, but the similarities fade after the first 0.5 mile. Water is abundant on this trail that loosely follows Rocky Creek, arriving at Klepzig Mill, a must-see little turbine mill built in 1928. Elevation changes are not extreme, but prepare to have your breath taken away by Rocky Creek’s beauty. The trail begins at a kiosk at Rocky Falls. Be sure to go past the kiosk and see Rocky Falls before returning and beginning your hike. The trail takes you down from the kiosk to cross Rocky Creek. It then goes past a small campsite on your right. At about 0.5 mile, you come to an intersection with the Ozark Trail (OT). Turn left and head north on the OT toward Klepzig Mill. If you hike in the morning, watch for wildlife. I startled a rafter (flock) of seven turkeys on my first hike of this trail. This section of the OT is open to horses, so watch for evidence of their presence in the middle of the trail. You might want to step around such evidence.
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by Jim Warnock (Menasha Ridge Press)

This hike begins at the same trailhead as the Stegall Mountain Trail, but the similarities fade after the first 0.5 mile. Water is abundant on this trail that loosely follows Rocky Creek, arriving at Klepzig Mill, a must-see little turbine mill built in 1928. Elevation changes are not extreme, but prepare to have your breath taken away by Rocky Creek’s beauty.

The trail begins at a kiosk at Rocky Falls. Be sure to go past the kiosk and see Rocky Falls before returning and beginning your hike. The trail takes you down from the kiosk to cross Rocky Creek. It then goes past a small campsite on your right. At about 0.5 mile, you come to an intersection with the Ozark Trail (OT). Turn left and head north on the OT toward Klepzig Mill. If you hike in the morning, watch for wildlife. I startled a rafter (flock) of seven turkeys on my first hike of this trail. This section of the OT is open to horses, so watch for evidence of their presence in the middle of the trail. You might want to step around such evidence.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Plains
Distance: 6.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 813 feet
Top Elevation: 894 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 Klepzig Mill

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