Hiking always surprises us with something, doesn’t it? Maybe a stunning view from a scenic bluff. Perhaps a unique and breathtaking rock formation. You can’t go wrong with a leisurely hike to a jaw-dropping waterfall either. Next time you’re up for a day on the road and on the trails, follow this day trip that will lead you on four hikes in Missouri, each of which leads to a waterfall.

The following map details your loop journey and will take just about four hours of driving then add time in for the hikes and stops for a bite to eat. Voila! You’ve got the perfect day outdoors.

Have you ever asked yourself, are there waterfalls near me? Now you have an answer! What are your favorite hikes in Missouri? Do you know of any little-known hikes that lead to hidden waterfalls? Let us know in the comments! Up for more than a day of checking out waterfalls? Follow the ultimate waterfall road trip in Missouri.

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What are the best waterfall hikes in Missouri?

Missouri’s not necessarily known for waterfalls, but those that we do have are absolutely gorgeous. Marvel at the tallest waterfall in Missouri, Mina Sauk Falls, along a trail of the same name. The 132-foot waterfall sits at about the halfway mark of the trail, which spans three miles, so you don’t have to hike the entire moderately-rated trail if you’re not up for it. Another of the best waterfall hikes in Missouri, the short path to Grand Falls in Joplin is picture-perfect all-year around. If you visit during the summer, bring your swimming gear. The pool into which the waterfall drops is popular for wading and for cooling off on those hot summer days in Missouri.

Can I swim at Rocky Falls in Missouri?

Just a short drive from Eminence, Rocky Falls beckons visitors all year around. It’s a gorgeous waterfall, after all, picture-perfect in all four seasons. However, once the weather heats up, the pool into which it drops becomes a hugely popular swimming hole. Bring your swimming gear, beach towel or beach chair, and plenty of patience. The waterfall can get incredibly busy, especially on the hottest days of the summer. The picnic tables, grills, and bathrooms make it easy to make a day of it any time of the year.

What are the easiest hikes for Missouri?

Slip on your hiking shoes, because you’ll find no better way to explore Missouri than on one of its many hiking trails. If you’re looking for short and sweet, you’re in luck. Missouri’s got ton of ‘em. The one-mile Cave Spring Trail, for example, winds through William Klein Park in Kansas City and leads to a cave. Definitely bring the kiddos along, because the trail is short, easy, and…it has a cave. The Old Kate Trail meanders less than a mile through Parkville Nature Sanctuary. The highlight of the easy trail is, hands down, the cascading waterfall.


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