While exploring the Ozark National Scenic Riverways area near Eminence, Missouri, our second stop was at Rocky Falls. Rocky Falls is located on Highway NN, south of Highway 106 and east of Eminence. The location was signed very well and there are a few gravel roads to reach the parking lot, but this place is very accessible.
Rocky Falls is a picturesque shut-in located on Rocky Creek. After the water tumbles over Rocky Falls, it spills into a large pool and eventually empties into the Current River.
Rocky Falls was formed over 1.5 billion years ago when molten rock located deep within the Earth, flowed to the surface and cooled.
A lot of people enjoy picnicking and swimming at this area =)
After Rocky Falls, we headed to Klepzig Mill which is just down the road, but much more difficult to get to. As you head west on Highway NN, keep an eye out for the small brown sign for Klepzig Mill.
The road that leads to the mill is rough. It is a rocky dirt road with lots of pot holes. I took my SUV down it, but we would have been better off having a truck. It feels like you are driving down the road to nowhere for quite a while and you question yourself…”Did I miss the mill?”. But keep going, there is no way you can miss it. There is a small, two car pull off on the left hand side of the road and the mill is on the right.
Klepzig Mill was built in 1928. We walked around and explored a bit, but be sure to watch for snakes sunning on the rocks!
Part of the 550-mile Ozark Trail even runs through here!
If you are exploring the Missouri Ozarks, be sure to add Rocky Falls and Klepzig Mill to your list of places to see! You will not be disappointed!