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.
41 miles From West Plains
Take Highway 160 east toward Alton. In Alton, turn left on Highway 19 north. Go 8 miles and the parking area for Greer Spring and Trail will be on your left.
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