Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, Middle Brook

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Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is a Missouri state park located in the St. Francois Mountains in the Ozarks. The park encompasses Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in the state. The Taum Sauk portion of the Ozark Trail connects the park with nearby Johnson's Shut-ins State Park and the Bell Mountain Wilderness Area, which together are part of a large wilderness area popular with hikers and backpackers.Activities and amenitiesThe park has a rustic campground, a paved trail to the highpoint, picnic facilities, and a lookout tower from which a good view can be had; the dense forest on the mountain obscures the view from most other vantage points.Mina Sauk Falls, the highest waterfall in Missouri, is on Taum Sauk and can be visited by hiking a rugged trail that makes a three-mile (5 km) loop from the highpoint parking area. The falls have cascading waters only during times of wet weather; at other times they are reduced to a trickle or less.
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  • I LOVED IT! Great place to hike, with lots of history behind it. The watchtower offers a great view of Taum Sauk, along with the power plant. 10/10!  more »
  • The parks in this area are really good. We were there for an extended weekend. We took the Dog. Most of the parks are pet friendly. There are some that are not. You won't be disappointed with the ones...  more »
  • Sometimes, the view is blocked by the trees. The highest point in Missouri, offers no view. The Hike is rugged over rocky, granite trails. Not too hilly. The highest waterfall in Missouri was dry. Pro...  more »
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  • Great day for a hike. The Mina Sauk Falls were great with all the recent rain. Run off water on the trail but hiking boots/shoes kept our feet dry.
  • The park is absolutely gorgeous. The facilities are minimal, but that's not the point of this park. There are plenty of parks near by with many more amenities. There are some campgrounds, and the spots are decent. It's the highest point and the hiking trails that you come for. The highest point is underwhelming, but there's a nice plack and you get a sticker. It's only a short walk from the parking lot as well. The trails and loops are beautiful. The waterfall is stunning, and a must see in my opinion. The one downside is the rocks. I've done my fair share of hiking, and the trails down to the water fall, as well as onto the Ozark, were rocky as all hell. Be careful and wear shoes with good support.
  • Only a waterfall during and after a lot of heavy rain but my hike in the rain to see it was well worth the hike!
  • The hike to the highest natural point in Missouri is easily accessible to everyone, and it makes for an easy addition to your highpointing list. The trailhead for the Mina Sauk Falls trail loop is located here as well, but be advised this trail is far more rugged and strenuous. Both trails are beautiful hikes, with beautiful views worthy of many pics, and this area is definately worth the drive !!
  • Awesome place to hike! If you are looking for the highest elevation, it is very easy to get to. It's a paved, flat trail. If you are looking for the water fall, it is your typical hike on an unpaved, rocky trail. Beautiful scenery everywhere with great views. The water was dried up when I got to it, but that's to be expected considering the elevation.
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