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Mina Sauk Falls

When I first started visiting Mina Sauk Falls as a teenager, the way to get to it was this: Park at the fire tower on Taum Sauk Mountain. Go through the Boy Scout primitive camping area. Find the semblance of a path on the other side. Realize after a quarter mile or so that it’s the wrong path. Backtrack and find the right one. Work your way downhill as the path becomes a well-worn trail. As the trail enters a glade, the collared lizards will get out of your way but the rattlesnakes won’t, so keep an eye out. Pretty soon you’ll hear the falls–follow your ears.

Nowadays it’s easier. The falls are part of the Missouri state park system, and the trail is well maintained. But I do miss the rough romance of the older days a little.