Alley Mill Closed for Renovations
The Alley Mill will be undergoing renovations much of summer of 2014. It will be open daily through Aug 17 and then only on weekends after that. There will be fencing around the Mill which will prevent close access. More »
Cave Safety Tips
ALL WILD CAVES in the OZARK NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAYS ARE CLOSED. This is to prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a disease of bats which is killing them in unprecedented numbers. Please stay out of caves along the rivers.
Cave exploration can be fun and exciting. It can also be dangerous. Christopher Columbus was a great explorer, but he didn't set off for the New World with only a canoe and a peanut butter sandwich! He had the right equipment and supplies for his adventure and so should you.
Imagine you are deep in a cave. You are looking at a beautiful stalactite, you take a step back... you step on a loose rock......it shifts, you stumble...... you drop your flashlight..... it hits a rock...... it breaks.... TOTAL DARKNESS!
It would be impossible to crawl out to safety. It's cold.... it's dark.... your foot hurts.... you are beginning to get hungry. What are you going to do? The best way to get out of this situation is not to get into it in the first place! The following safety rules will keep you safe. They are the ones followed by the National Speleological Society, a group of professional cave explorers.
Caves are beautiful and fascinating parts of the natural world. Enjoy them safely!
Did You Know?
Cane brakes are thick stands of rivercane, which is much like bamboo. The endangered Swainson's Warbler nests in these thickets. Many stands have been lost to reservoir impoundments throughout the South, but many stands are protected at Ozark National Scenic Riverways. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...