The Missouri Ozarks is a region rich in geology. One consequence of the geologic make-up of the area is an abundance of beautiful springs and clear mountain streams and rivers, many of them augmented by the flow from the springs, and ornamented by rapids and falls. Some of the rivers are "shut in", that is confined in part to deep narrow canyons or restricted in other ways, by hard rock layers from the region's distant, violent volcanic past. Opportunities abound for canoers and kayakers, hikers, and day-trippers.
One such feature is Rocky Falls. It combines relatively easy accessibility, interesting geology, scenic beauty, climbability (good for family fun), and proximity of other interesting sights in the Ozarks.