Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

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Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
Missouri State Park
Mina Sauk Falls 2011-01-01 vpano.jpg
Country United States
State Missouri
Counties Iron, Reynolds
Elevation 1,772 ft (540 m) [1]
Coordinates 37°34′17″N 90°43′45″W / 37.57139°N 90.72917°W / 37.57139; -90.72917Coordinates: 37°34′17″N 90°43′45″W / 37.57139°N 90.72917°W / 37.57139; -90.72917 [1]
Area 7,500 acres (3,035 ha) [2]
Established 1991 [3]
Management Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Visitation 90,743 (2014) [4]
Location in Missouri
Website: Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
Contiguous 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

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.[2] The Taum Sauk portion of the Ozark Trail connects the park with nearby Johnson's Shut-ins State Park[5] and the Bell Mountain Wilderness Area, which together are part of a large wilderness area popular with hikers and backpackers.

Activities and amenities[edit]

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,[6] 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.[7] The falls have cascading waters only during times of wet weather; at other times they are reduced to a trickle or less.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Taum Sauk Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "Taum Sauk Mountain State Park". Missouri State Parks. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "State Park Land Acquisition Summary". Missouri State Parks. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Missouri State Park Attendance (2014)" (PDF). Missouri State Parks. 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Taum Sauk Section". The Ozark Trail. Ozark Trail Association. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "St. Francois Mountains". Missouri Department of Conservation. Conservation Commission of Missouri. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Park Trails at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park". Missouri State Parks. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 

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