A few months ago, I was finally able to visit Taum Sauk Mountain State Park in the state of Missouri. I seem to travel and explore everywhere except for the state that I actually live in. Sad, right? Natural beauty can be so close to you yet you never visit because you take it for granted.
Well, I decided to change that.
There are tons of places within a few hours drive from where I live that I will be making it my mission to visit. First for me was Taum Sauk Mountain State Park because I have heard some amazing things about this place.
Here are some things you should know about Taum Sauk Mountain in order to make your trip there as enjoyable as possible:
What’s at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park?
Before you read any further, you are probably wondering why I’m even talking about Taum Sauk Mountain. I mean, it is in Missouri after all. Well, don’t let that stop you from visiting this amazing place!
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park has the highest point in Missouri. The state park contains nearly 7,500 acres and it’s located in the beautiful St. Francois Mountains. It is a great place to hike right here in Missouri with there being a few trails for us hikers. There is also a campground and an area to have a picnic, which makes it a great weekend trip.
You can go camping, go for a hike, ride your bike, and more. There is also the beautiful Mina Sauk Falls which is a must see after a heavy rain. The waterfall is beautiful!
When can I visit Taum Sauk Mountain State Park?
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is open from sunrise to sunset, all year long. There is no fee to visit Taum Sauk State Park.
However, there is a fee for camping so make sure you bring some cash with you in order to camp in the campground.
Information about the Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail.
This is what most people end up doing when visiting Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. The Taum Sauk section of the Ozark trail is a fun section that I have done before. It is 14.5 miles long and runs from Taum Sauk Mountain State park to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. It can be a somewhat tough hike, so make sure you are prepared for this.
In order to do this hike, you will park in the main parking area. You will then need to follow the Ozark Trail markers which are green and white.
This hike will take around 15 hours to complete.
What else is around Taum Sauk Mountain State Park?
If you are wanting to get more out of your trip, there are several other things you can do in the area as well. My favorite is visiting Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park, which I will go over it another post hopefully in the near future.
There is also the Bell Mountain Wilderness Area, the Ozark Trail, and more.
Have you ever been to Taum Sauk Mountain?