Rocky Falls, Missouri

Rocky Falls is a forty-foot-high cascade in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, a unit of the National Park Service. It's also a great example of a "shut-in," a distinctive feature of the Ozarks.

The hill to the left of the falls is made of 1.5-billion-year-old rhyolite, which is pretty hard. The water has found a crack in the rhyolite to flow through.

At the bottom of the falls, Rocky Creek has carved out a pool in the softer rock below. These pools make great swimming holes in summer, where you can frolic with the fishies, water snakes, and cottonmouths.

March 2010.


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BobSmith - Mar 28, 2010 6:15 pm - Voted 10/10


spent a day swimming there last year. Great spot!

Arthur Digbee

Arthur Digbee - Mar 30, 2010 9:37 pm - Hasn't voted

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It was not-quite-freezing overnight, so a bit early for swimming when I was there. Alas.


BobSmith - Oct 19, 2010 2:45 pm - Voted 10/10

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If you ever go in the summer, you'll enjoy a good swim there. The hole is really deep. Good quality/clarity water, too.

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