Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
|Taum Sauk Mountain State Park|
|Missouri State Park|
|Elevation||1,772 ft (540 m) |
|Area||7,500 acres (3,035 ha) |
|Management||Missouri Department of Natural Resources|
|Visitation||90,743 (2014) |
|Website: Taum Sauk Mountain State Park|
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Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is a Missouri state park located in the Saint Francois Mountains in the Ozarks. The park encompasses Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in the state. The Taum Sauk portion of the Ozark Trail connects the park with nearby Johnson's Shut-ins State Park and the Bell Mountain Wilderness Area, which together are part of a large wilderness area popular with hikers and backpackers.
Activities and amenities
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.
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. The falls have cascading waters only during times of wet weather; at other times they are reduced to a trickle or less.
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- "St. Francois Mountains". Missouri Department of Conservation. Conservation Commission of Missouri. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
- "Park Trails at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park". Missouri State Parks. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved September 8, 2014.