Short but sweet. That’s just what you can expect when you follow this scenic one-mile trail that leads to an underrated waterfall in Missouri. Along the way, you’ll run across an abundance of other natural beauty, too, from a flowing creek to towering trees that provide shade on sunny days.

A search for “waterfalls near me” might have led you straight to this underrated waterfall in Missouri. Have you been to it yet? Share your experience in the comments! Still adding hikes to your to-do list? Don’t forget to check out the one-mile Maple Woods Natural Area Trail near Kansas City.

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What are the best waterfall hikes in Missouri?

We all define “best” in our own way. However, it’s probably safe to say that two waterfall hikes in Missouri top the “best of” list, simply because they are short, sweet, and lead to gorgeous waterfalls that are perfect for cooling off in during the hot summer days. Grand Falls in Joplin and Rocky Falls near Eminence are both hugely popular during the summertime, so expect big crowds, especially on sweltering days. If you’re craving a bit of peace and quiet, you’ll find both at the two cascades during the tranquil winter months.

How do I get to Mina Sauk Falls in Missouri?

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park in Middle Brook boasts a few gems – the highest point in all of Missouri and Mina Sauk Falls, the tallest waterfall in Missouri. The waterfall cascades down 132 feet, and to reach it you’ll follow a three-mile trail of the same name. Be sure to wear a pair of sturdy hiking shoes or boots as the trail, which is rated moderate, can get a bit rough and a whole lot rocky. If you’re not up for the entire three-mile trek, you’re in luck. The cascade sits at about the halfway mark, so you can take a break, admire the waterfall, and turn back.

What are some hiking trails with waterfalls in Missouri?

Only one thing can compare to a breathtaking waterfall, and that’s a waterfall hike. Fortunately, we have quite a few hiking trails with waterfalls in Missouri – ranging from a leisurely stroll to challenging – so we can enjoy both a refreshing hike and a waterfall. After you’ve trekked to Mina Sauk Falls, head over to Johnsons Shut-Ins State Park, also in Middle Brook. There, you’ll find gorgeous shut-ins that are picture-perfect all year around and popular for wading in on those hot summer days. Glassberg Family Conservation Area in Eureka and Hickory Canyons Natural Area in Ste. Genevieve both feature scenic hiking trails that lead to unnamed waterfalls.

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