Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

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Coordinates: 37°34′13″N 90°43′40″W / 37.57028°N 90.72778°W / 37.57028; -90.72778
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
Missouri State Park
Mina Sauk Falls 2011-01-01 vpano.jpg
Country United States
State Missouri
County Iron County / Reynolds County
Coordinates 37°34′13″N 90°43′40″W / 37.57028°N 90.72778°W / 37.57028; -90.72778
Area 11.7 sq mi (30 km2)
Founded 1991
Website: http://mostateparks.com/taumsauk.htm

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is located in the Saint Francois Mountains in the Missouri Ozarks. It is positioned around Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in the state.

The 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. Taum Sauk State Park is in a common jurisdiction with Johnson's Shut-ins State Park, and together they comprise the second largest state park in Missouri. These parks and the adjacent Bell Mountain Wilderness Area are part of a large wilderness area that is very popular with hikers and backpackers and includes the Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail.

Contigous Taum Sauk Mountain and Johnson's Shut-ins state parks consist of 16,050 acres (65.0 km2) in the Missouri Ozarks.
High point plaque on Taum Sauk

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. These falls normally have water cascading over them only during times of wet weather. At other times they are reduced to a trickle or less.

The park is near Bell Mountain Wilderness and Johnson's Shut-ins State Park.

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