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Grand Falls

5400 S. Riverside Drive, Joplin, Missouri 64804 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Tue 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms
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“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
  • 718 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!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
hmckay84

  • 10 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 12, 2018
Rated 5.0

A must see. Not huge but really pretty. Had a lot of fun. Was able to swim there too.

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Reviewed by
cassandramcelroy95

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 20, 2018
Rated 4.0

Very beautiful site. The nice thing about this stop is that it’s up to you how you make it. It can either be a quick stop and great photo opportunity. On the other hand, grab a swimsuit, towel, and lunch and you have an afternoon lounging. Definitely recommend, at the very least stop by.

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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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