2 votes

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

148 Taum Sauk Trail, Ironton, Missouri 63656 USA

  • Independent
Add to Trip
Remove Ads

Taum Sauk Mountain in the Saint Francois Mountains is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of Missouri at 1,772 feet (540 m). The topography of Taum Sauk is that of a somewhat flat ridge rather than a peak. While relatively low in terms of elevation at 1,772 feet (540 m) compared to other peaks, Taum Sauk and the St. Francois range are true mountains, being the result of a volcanic orogeny. Whereas vertical relief in the rest of the Ozarks region is the result of erosion of sedimentary strata, the St. Francois are an ancient Precambrian igneous uplift several times older than the Appalachians. Geologists believe that Taum Sauk and its neighbors may be among the few areas in the US never to have been submerged in ancient seas. The peaks of the St. Francois range existed as islands in the shallow seaway throughout most of the Paleozoic Era as the sandstones, limestones, and shales typical of the Ozarks were deposited. Weathering and erosion of these ancient peaks provided the clastic sediments of the surrounding rock layers. Taum Sauk is said to be named for a Piankeshaw chief named Sauk-Ton-Qua. Though Taum Sauk Mountain is the highest mountain in Missouri, it is not the most prominent. Taum Sauk rises from an already elevated base. Mudlick Mountain rises from a lower base to an elevation of . Black Mountain, in Madison County, has the highest rise in elevation in Missouri. From its base, along the St. Francis River (540 feet above sea level) to its summit (1,502 feet above sea level), Black Mountain rises just under 1,000 feet in elevation from the valley below.

Read More >
Add Review
Your Rating

Reviewed by

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
November 04, 2021
Rated 5.0

Be careful, do not disturb, respect the land, thanks!

Was this helpful?

Reviewed by

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 27, 2015
Rated 5.0

We went to the Taum Sauk Mountain State Park along with the Johnson Shut-Ins State Park and Elephant Rock State Park. All of them were an awesome chance to get out and see the natural wonders of Missouri. The Mina Sauk Waterfall was not running during our visit since it hasn't rained lately, but the hike on the rugged terrain was still fun.

Was this helpful?

Be the first to add a review to the Taum Sauk Mountain State Park.

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

148 Taum Sauk Trail
Ironton, Missouri
63656 USA

Hours not available

Problem with this listing? Let us know.

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
See More Details (1)
Remove Ads

Nearby Hotels

Potosi, Missouri

Click to discover a
great deal!

Lesterville, Missouri
Ironton, Missouri
Annapolis, Missouri
Viburnum, Missouri

Related Trip Guides

  • Trip Guide
  • 1 Week

A road trip along the Great River Road

  • 35 Places
  • 37:29
  • 1,907 mi
  • Trip Guide
  • 1 Week

The top things to do on a Route 66 road trip

  • 41 Places
  • 38:08
  • 2,284 mi
Remove Ads