Eye of the Needle
Starting Point: Kyle’s Landing Trailhead
Length: 4.7 miles round-trip
Difficulty Level: Hard
Fun Fact: This hike has some incredible waterfall views, but it’s also home to one of the highest rates of search and rescue due to injury in the area. Take a small first aid kit, and take a friend.
Dewey Cove Falls
Starting Point: Homesteaders Trail at Henning Conservation Area
Length: 5.7 miles roundtrip
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Fun Fact: To see the falls at this Branson escape you’ll have to meander a bit off trail, but after the heaviest of rains, you’ll hear it roaring.
Height: 25 feet
Width: Entire width of Shoal Creek
Source: Shoal Creek
Why We Love It: Grand Falls is Missouri’s largest continuously flowing natural waterfall. This local treasure runs over unusually thick layers of chert rock. The best part about Grand Falls is that it is easy to find and quick to reach; the falls are just outside of Joplin.
How to Get There: From I-44 West, take Joplin exit 6 (Hwy 86 south). Follow south approximately 2 blocks and turn right (west) on Glendale Road and follow about 1.5 miles. Turn left (south) on Jackson and cross over the low water bridge. Immediately after the bridge, turn right (west) on Riverside Drive; follow for 2 miles and Grand Falls will be on your right side.
Glory Hole Falls
Height: 25 feet
Width: 5 feet
Why We Love It: The waterfall dumps into a pool that is 16 feet at the center with blueish green water. The pool is one of the few places at Dogwood Canyon where you are not allowed to fish, which explains the large amount of rainbow trout that inhabit the pool.
How to Get There: Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, 2038 W. State Highway 86. For more information, call 417-779-5983.