Taum Sauk Mountain State Park RV & Campground Guide


Follow the solitary hiking paths to the top of Taum Sauk Mountain at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park near Middle Brook, Missouri, and you will be at the highest point in the state. Other paths within this park allow you to connect to the 330-mile-long Ozark Trail easily. Fall colors are particularly spectacular at this park, but you can find many beautiful scenic views throughout the year. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is located about 84 miles south of St. Louis, 144 miles east of Lebanon, Missouri, and 200 miles northeast of Springfield, Missouri, and it is a hiker’s paradise.

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Spring 42-67 F
Summer 61-86 F
Fall 48-74 F
Winter 22-42 F
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Nearby Cities
Ironton, MO
Allen Mills, MO
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

You will want to spend as long as possible hiking at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park as often the best views occur at sunrise and sunset. Therefore, you should bring your RV or rent one on RVshare.com if you do not have your own.

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Campground

The camp store in the middle of Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park Campground makes it easy to pick up ice and forgotten necessities. Rates start at about $12 at this campground spread around five different loops, with some areas only open seasonally.

• Water hookup: Yes • Electrical hookup: Yes • Sewer hookup: Yes • Wi-Fi: No • Pet-friendly: Yes • Other amenities: Camp store

Arcadia Valley RV Park

Receive a friendly welcome when you stay at one of the grass pads at Arcadia Valley RV Park. Rates start at about $32 per night at this campground that offers lots of open space. This campground is located next to a motel that is owned by the same proprietors.

• Water hookup: Yes • Electrical hookup: Yes • Sewer hookup: Yes • Wi-Fi: Yes • Pet-friendly: Yes • Other amenities: Open space, ice, snack machines

Silver Mines Campground

Silver Mines Campground is located on the banks of the St. Francis River in the Mark Twain National Forest. Rates start at about $14 per night, and you can enjoy unique scenic views from the campground.

• Water hookup: No • Electrical hookup: Yes • Sewer hookup: No • Wi-Fi: No • Pet-friendly: Yes • Other amenities: River swimming, fishing

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What to Do at
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

Inside Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

The main reason that people come to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is to go hiking. Try hiking along the Mina Sauk Falls Loop Trail to see the state’s tallest waterfall before hiking up to the Taum Sauk Mountain summit, which is the highest point in Missouri. This park is part of the 7,028-acre St. Francis Mountains Natural Area, so there is lots of wilderness to explore. The park offers 12 spots for tents.

Outside Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is in a remote area, but you can still find nearby restaurants, shops, and other attractions. Driving through the Mark Twain Forest and the St. Francis Mountains to get to these points of interest is always a scenic experience. Enjoy the view as you visit these nearby businesses and attractions.


Checo's Mexican Restaurant-Ironton

Get all your Mexican favorites at this home-owned restaurant where your business is appreciated. The pastor tacos and the carne asada tacos are both outstanding.

Type: Mexican

Location: 106 W. Russell St., Ironton, MO 63650

Fort Davidson Café

At Fort Davidson Café in Pilot Knob, you can choose from a variety of hamburgers, chicken, and pasta.

Type: Diner

Location: 302 S. McCune St., Pilot Knob, MO 63663

Thee Abbey Kitchen

Thee Abbey Kitchen bakery and restaurant offers diners selections made with the finest ingredients. They take great pride in starting each dish with the rawest ingredients possible. At this restaurant, set in a former Catholic school, employees also make ice cream using fresh cream.

Type: American

Location: 211 S. College St., Arcadia, MO 63621

Baylee Jo's Barbecue - Seafood and Grill

Baylee Jo’s Barbecue – Seafood and Grill offers slow-cooked, cherry-smoked ribs as one of their delicious options. You can also select from a variety of hot sandwiches and salads.

Type: American, Barbecue

Location: 1315 MO-21, Ironton, MO 63650

Black River Ice Cream Parlor and Café

Head to Black River Ice Cream Parlor and Café for fried chicken, hamburgers, and chicken tenders. Make sure to leave room for their delicious ice cream desserts.

Type: American, Ice Cream Parlor

Location: 32992 Highway 21, Lesterville, MO 63656


Lost Cove on the Square

Come away with new knowledge and new products to savor by visiting Lost Cove on the Square in Ironton. This establishment sells essential oils and balsamic vinegar that you can sample before purchasing.

Location: 102 W. Russell St., Ironton, MO 63650

The Missouri Store

Find a wide variety of items at The Missouri Store made by local craftspeople, including hiking sticks, handcrafted pottery, artwork, quilts, and more. You can also commission your creation from the artists associated with this business.

Location: 302 S. McCune St., Pilot Knob, MO 63663

Arcadia Valley Soap Company

Pamper yourself with homemade soaps and bath bombs from Arcadia Valley Soap Company. Each product is named after a local attraction at this store in downtown Ironton.

Location: 119 S. Main St., Ironton, MO 63650

Vintage Home

If country is your style, check out the home decor at Vintage Home. You can find many one-of-a-kind items for sale at this Farmington store.

Location: 23 E. Columbia St., Farmington, MO 63640

Sweetheart Chocolates

Treat your sweet tooth to a yummy creation from Sweetheart Chocolates. You'll also find novelty dishes and mugs.

Location: 19 S. Jackson St., Farmington, MO 63640


Long Park

Test your skating ability on the ramps, obstacles, and rails at Long Park. This 30,000-square-foot skate park offers different choices for every ability level.

Location: 400 Sainte Genevieve Ave., Farmington, MO 63640

Crown Pointe Golf Club

See if you can avoid the bunkers on the scenic Crown Pointe Golf Club course. The slope of the gently rolling hills comes into play often, so be sure to consider the lay of the land.

Location: 4215 Hunt Rd., Farmington, MO 63640

Engler Park

Every disc golfer is almost guaranteed to find a favorite hole at Engler Park. This course features a technical front nine and a more relaxed back nine. There are also two lakes and numerous sports fields at this park.

Location: 651 Vargo Rd., Farmington, MO 63640

St. Joe State Park

Consider starting your visit at St. Joe State Park with a stop at the geology museum. Then, go off-roading at this state park that covers 8,243 acres.

Location: 2800 Pimville Rd., Park Hills, MO 63601

Farmington Water Park and The River's Edge Splash Pad

At Farmington Water Park and The River's Edge Splash Pad, you can work on your tan while playing on the water slides at this water park. It has a splash pad for the little ones. This park is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Location: 2 Black Knight Dr., Farmington, MO 63640

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How to Get to
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

It is easy to get to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park from Ironton, which is located on Missouri 21, very near its junction with Missouri 72. Head south out of Ironton and turn right on Missouri 21 South. Stay on Missouri 21 South for about five miles until you reach State Highway CC. Turn right. In about four miles, you will see High Point Trail Head. Turn left, and you will be at the park.

Entering Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

It is free to enter the day-use area of this park, which is available from sunrise to sunset daily. Tent camping is an additional fee.

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This state park contains the highest elevation in Missouri and the tallest waterfall in the state. Since most of the 6,888 acres at this park have been left in their natural state, it is a great place to reconnect with nature. Hiking is a favorite pastime, and you can connect with the Ozark Trail from this park. Approximately 800 people stay in its tent-only campground annually. If you have visited this state park, then tell us about the memories that you built here on your social media feed. Be sure to tag RVshare in them so that we can see what you and others have to say. You can also send your photos and stories to [email protected]