Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri
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Ozark National Scenic Riverways is located in Missouri. To visit Ozark National Scenic Riverways on your trip to Van Buren, use our Van Buren trip itinerary planner.
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We weren't sure what to expect with this park, but we were beyond impressed with all the different offerings. Big Spring, Blue Spring, and Round Spring were all amazing. We'll make a point to return s... read more »
In my opinion the biggest attraction of this natural jewel are the quantity of first magnitude (over 10.300 m3/h of water) springs located in this area, some of the water coming underground from as fa... read more »
If you're looking for a beautiful National Park with incredible beauty and serenity (depending on the timing of you visit) this is it! I went in November and I was one of the very few in the Park. I f... read more »
The river is beautiful but it has one rotten apple that does spoil the whole bunch, in Missouri politics have made the river a party haven for beer drinkers since the 60's. Look at the images? The aisles in your church are less crowded. They have this lobbying group in Missouri for Canoe/Float operators and collectively they made a disgrace out the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, it's for partying and drunkenness. Peeing in the river is the favorite pass time. This is exactly the kind of activity you can have in a Water Park, where the water is contained, filtered and recycled. This is nature, pure, pristine, crystal clean clear water, made by nature and some of the oldest mountains in North America. And so it gets turned into an amusement park ride with canoe renters and beer, since I was 12 years old I have been going and that's 50 years. If you are a naturalist, conservationist, and/or a purist in outdoor discovery and appreciation then here's a complete disgrace in natural habitat preservation and management. This river has more urine than water on any Sunday in the Summer, go there and see the huge crowds, what could be more fun then sharing a float with THOUSANDS of other people at a time? Interstate highways have less traffic then these rivers, it's non-stop floaters for miles and miles ... all because business people demand to rent more canoes and the river itself is a far second to the party crowd and canoe livery people
I cannot rave about this place enough. The waters are so clear, you can see schools of fish, crayfish, snails, plants. Even in areas where the river is deep, you can see the bottom. I honestly felt like I was in the rainforest, with the lush growth hanging over the edge of the water and all the wildlife. Ferns were growing out of cliffsides, flowers were in bloom everywhere. I have to say this was a truly magical experience. Unforgettable.
Big Spring is incredible to see. The water is a beautiful blue. If you're just driving by, you even have a clear view of it from the parking lot so there's no reason not to swing by. On top of the beautiful scenery, they even had spotless restroom facilities!
Loved our weekend on the Current and Jack's Fork Rivers. If you float on Saturday in the summer, expect a crowd of people. We camped overnight and floated Sunday as well and nearly had the river to ourselves. Best of both worlds!
A hidden gem of the National Park System. The best float opportunities are during the week. The Ozark Trail on par with Appalachian Trail with fewer hikers.
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