On our way back from Tennessee [read that story here], we stopped at Taum Sauk State Park and hiked the Mina Sauk Falls Trail in Southern Missouri. Taum Sauk is the highest point in Missouri which by any standards, is not real high, but nonetheless, it is home. As a hiker and backpacker, I absolutely loved Taum Sauk. It contained about 12 tent-only campsites. No electricity. It did have a bathroom. The campsites were set up really nicely. Each contained a fire ring, picnic table, and area for a tent, which had some sort of small-sized gravel that didn’t hurt your back. It was very pretty and quiet. The Ozark Trail also meets up here so hiking is limitless [for the most part].
The Mina Sauk Falls trail was unbelievable! Hands down, this has been my favorite trail in Missouri, no question. The falls were gorgeous. The views were fabulous. The trail was diverse; some moments in normal woods for Missouri, other moments you are climbing big pink boulders and next you’re standing in an open glade with views of the Ozarks. Loved it and cannot wait to go again!