There’s no better time to go on a Missouri road trip than in the fall. Since we live in a state full of all four seasons, we get to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage that starts to appear in September. From waterfalls to caves, we’ve narrowed down some of our favorite natural wonders in Missouri for you to go on the
perfect road trip.
1. Marvel Cave - Branson
This National Natural Landmark sits atop of Roark Mountain and was discovered by the Osage Indians in the early 16th century. Today, visitors can choose from going on a traditional tour of the caves or a lantern tour.
2. Grand Gulf State Park - Thayer
Known to many as the "Little Grand Canyon," Grand Gulf State Park is the result of a collapsed cave system.
3. Rocky Falls - Winona Township
The water that flows in Rocky Falls is "shut-in" by rhyolite porphyry, a harder rock that tends to shut the water in from continuing into a stream.
4. Big Spring
Big Spring is considered to be one of the largest springs in the United States. On any day, its average flow is 286 million gallons of water.
5. Mingo National Wildlife Refuge
This refuge is over 21,000- acres big and has 3 walking trails and 50 miles of unmarked trails for visitors to enjoy.
6. Elephant Rocks State Park - Belleview
Climb between these giant boulders at Elephant Rocks State Park, which were formed from 1.5 billion-year-old granite
7. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
Stand on the top of Missouri - literally. This state park features the state's high point at 1,772 feet. It also has the tallest waterfall in Missouri, so be sure to check out the Mina Sauk Falls trail while you're there.
8. Johnson Shut-Ins - Middle Brook
Swim in the East Forks of the Black River on a hot day by making a trip to the Johnson Shut-Ins. The park got its name from the volcanic rocks that "shut-in" the rushing water of the East Fork of the Black River.
9. Clifty Creek Natural Bridge - Dixon
Take a 2.5-mile hike to view the 40-foot natural bridge that stretches across Clifty Creek.
10. Devil's Icebox - Columbia
This geological wonder is located in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Columbia. This large cave system features a rock bridge, sinkholes, a spring and underground stream
Hopefully this gave you a little motivation to sneak in that last big road trip before the snow comes in this winter. What’s your favorite natural wonder in Missouri?