Missouri is known for its many springs and waterfalls, and you’ll encounter them frequently as you explore the natural areas around West Plains. This scenery is the backdrop for quiet rest as well as outdoor recreation.
- A shut-in formed 1.5 billion years ago
Rocky Falls is made of rhyolite, a hard rock. Typically, a stream erodes softer dolomite (a type of limestone) and makes a wider valley to travel through. Since the rhyolite is harder, the stream tends to stay within whatever cracks that it finds, deepening them only a little by erosion. This is how a “shut in” is formed. Rocky Falls can be visited year round and is a popular swimming hole in the summer.
61 miles From West Plains
Take Highway 63 north toward Willow Springs. Just before Willow Springs, take Highway 60 east toward Mountain View. Stay on Highway 60 for 36 miles. Turn left on Highway 19 toward Winona. Go through Winona then turn right on H Highway. Stay on Highway H for 8.5 miles then turn right on NN Highway. In 2 miles, turn right on County Road 526. The falls are just a short walk beyond the parking area.
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