Mima Falls


Day Hike - Mima Falls

Explore the most scenic part of Capitol State Forest on a loop hike with a lunch stop at a picnic table by picturesque Mima Falls, with a brief stop at mysterious Mima Mounds during the return drive.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 500 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 9:30 AM at the Farm Boy Drive-in parking lot at the end of Exit 95 from I-5.  At the road junction, go straight and find the Farm Boy Drive-in on your right.

From the Farm Boy Drive-in, we will caravan to the trailhead by driving west on Maytown Road SW through the town of Littlerock, where the road becomes 128th Ave SW, turning right at the T junction onto Waddell Creek Road SW and then left into the parking lot of Margaret McKenny  Campground, which appears shortly after entering Capitol State Forest.  A Discover Pass must be displayed by each car parked there.  There is a restroom at the trailhead parking lot, as well as at the Farm Boy Drive-in, but not elsewhere on the hiking route.

We will hike three miles to Mima Falls on the McKenny Trail, the Campground Trail, the Mima Falls Tie Trail and the Mima Falls Trail, have lunch  at a picnic table and then loop back five miles on the Mima Falls Tril East, the Campground Trail and the McKenny Trail.  We should be back to the cars by 3 PM.  On the drive back, we'll stop for 15 minutes at Mima Mounds to look at the exhibits and the mounds.  There are two restrooms there.  Each car parked there must display the Discover Pass.  After that, there will be the option to stop for refreshments at the Farm Boy Drive-in on the drive home.  This hike is scheduled on a Saturday to avoid commuter traffic on the drive home. 


Mima Falls

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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