Grand Falls - Joplin, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 37° 01.923 W 094° 32.489
15S E 362897 N 4099538
Quick Description: Located on Shoal Creek on the southern part of town, Grand Falls drops over a very broad chert ledge. Easiest to find the "Spot" is access from Riverside Drive, there is a small parking area, walk about 50 metres, and watch your step.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 4/20/2015 7:06:17 AM
Waymark Code: WMNQMG
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member jub8
Views: 34

Long Description:
When K visited Joplin, we decided to visit Shoal Creek Falls. Much to my surprise, the proposal was forthcoming. Down on one knee, looking into my eyes, he popped the question. Of course, I accepted.
Shoal Creek Falls

One of Missouri’s least-talked-about wonders is located on Shoal Creek, just south of Joplin. Grand Falls, Missouri’s largest natural, continually flowing waterfall, is like a miniature Niagara Falls. On a breezy day, you’ll feel the mist hit your face. It’s exhilarating to find a natural, beautiful spot such as this on a warm summer day in the Missouri Ozarks.

You can climb down a bit of umber-colored chert, also known as flint, as you head toward this scenic stop. One of the widest waterfalls in the state, Grand Falls is caused by unusually thick layers of chert rock.

Although Missouri does have higher waterfalls, they don’t flow all year like Grand Falls. During high water, the height of the falls increases to roughly 25 feet.

As you walk toward Grand Falls, be sure to take in the beauty of the rock formations. The chert is often pocked with pools of water, making tiny natural swimming pools for frogs or small plants to grow and abide.

Source: Rural Missouri

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