There are many fascinating and historic state parks in Missouri. For a rigorous outing and a scenic adventure, consider visiting Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. It is the top, both figuratively and literally as the park’s 7,500 acres include the highest point in the state! Located in the St. Francois Mountains, the park’s hickory forests and rocky glades provide a beautiful, solitary experience for hikers and explorers. The Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail is 35 miles long and runs through the heart of the ancient St. Francois Mountains. One of the most popular and scenic portions of the Taum Sauk Section is the 14.5 miles between Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. This rugged portion of trail through two state parks winds across mountains of oak-hickory woodland dotted with shortleaf pine trees, and bluffs.
The hike at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park begins on Mina Sauk Falls Trail with steep rocky climbs on high rock “steps” that take hikers past the tallest waterfall in Missouri. Soon after passing the falls, Ozark Trail continues down the valley while Mina Sauk Fall Trail loops back up the mountain. One mile below the falls, on Ozark Trail, lies an 8-foot-wide passage through 50 feet of volcanic rock standing 30 feet high. The trail continues on to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park with several creek crossings. Remember to pack your camera and your courage!
Kansas City residents, did you know that recently the city was issued revenue bonds at a low interest rate of 3.01 percent, which will enable the Water Department to perform $162.769 million in much needed wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout the city? These bonds will be used to fund wastewater treatment, collection systems, pump station improvements, as well as projects related to the federally-mandated Overflow Control Program.