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Grand Falls

5400 S. Riverside Drive, Joplin, Missouri 64804 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Sun 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms

“A secret Missouri Treasure”

Grand Falls, on Shoal Creek, is one of Missouri’s most scenic destinations. The largest, continuously flowing natural waterfall in Missouri, Grand Falls plunges 25 feet to a solid ledge before flowing southward. Off I-44, exit 6; south on Route 86 two blocks; west on Glendale Road 1.5 miles; south on Jackson across the low-water bridge; immediately west on Riverside Drive two miles; Grand Falls is on the right.

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Reviewed by
catherine.palladino

  • 12 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
September 24, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is a great natural-site to visit. Totally worth the stop. There are no shelters, bathroom, tables but sometimes it's worth it to make a stop for a beautiful view.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 685 Helpful
September 13, 2014
Rated 4.0

I loved these falls. Sure, they're not the biggest falls, but they're definitely beautiful and very fun to photograph.

TIP: Bring a bathing suit, some swimming shoes and a towel. I wish I knew there was a fun wading area just a few feet from the falls themselves. I went in August of 2014 and it was so hot, that a dip in the river looked super enticing.

There aren't any bathrooms and it's very undeveloped, so just be prepared.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ljkoeppel

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 16, 2014

Eh. It is pretty, but too under-developed to make it a good road-trip in the middle of the hot summer. No shade, shelter, bathroom, not even a picnic table to eat a snack at.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kclady919

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
August 11, 2014

Very beautiful. Stopped on my way to Texas. Took some amazing photos in front of it & lots of fish for fishing!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Kat

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 22, 2014

Beautiful little place to stop. We were there mid-day and there was only one other couple there. Really nice little break from a long drive.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kckmullen

  • 31 Reviews
  • 20 Helpful
April 27, 2014

Beautiful. Got there mid day on a Tuesday and we had the place to ourselves, very peaceful

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
beth.k.legate

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 19, 2014

Nice little stop. Climbed the rocks with the kids, enjoyed the falls. Good 15 min break on our road trip.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
alyssa.sutter

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
January 13, 2014

This is beautiful! It was so awesome near sunset!

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Reviewed by
SamanthaGoodner

  • 9 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
February 12, 2018

We stopped here on our way through the state and we had a GREAT time! This is an out of the way gem if you're looking for a dip into nature. It's small and secluded and totally serene. I could have stayed all day just relaxing and enjoying the water.

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Reviewed by
jackielearn

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
December 05, 2017
Rated 4.0

We stopped by in May 2017. It had been a very wet May. The river and falls very overflowing! Totally worth the diversion. And it’s not an inconvenient stop.

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Grand Falls

5400 S. Riverside Drive
Joplin, Missouri
64804 USA

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Open 24 hours today
  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
  • Private Parking
  • Yes Parking

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