Alley Mill Closed for Renovations
The Alley Mill will be undergoing renovations much of summer of 2014. It will be open on weekends ONLY in July. There will be fencing around the Mill which will prevent close access. We are working to protect and preserve the Mill for the future. 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?
The Ozark hellbender is one of two species of hellbender, a giant salamander, in the United States. Ozark National Scenic Riverways is one of the few places on earth home to the Ozark species. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...