This is an absolutely fantastic hike in Southern Missouri near Pilot Knob. Missouri’s highest point is barely 1000 feet from the parking lot on a paved path. But this is far from the most interesting thing that you will get to see along the trail…
The loop that takes you from the Taum Sauk Trailhead to the top of Mina Sauk Falls is just over 3 miles, but it is a workout. This is Missouri “high country,” so be ready to climb some hills and navigate the giant granite boulders that make up the waterfall.
Mina Sauk Falls is worth the trek. On this beautiful warm January day, the shady waterfall was flowing underneath an icy exterior. The falls are typically a trickle except during very wet times of the year or during a rainstorm. With the unseasonably high temperatures and the bright sunshine, the creek was flowing as strongly as I have ever seen it. Julie and I climbed around on the rocks looking for as many interesting photo angles as possible.
If you have never been to see this Missouri gem, make plans to do so!
And while you’re in the area make sure to stop by the lookout tower near the trailhead and overcome your fear of heights.