The hills and forests of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways area abound in trail riding opportunities. All dirt roads and old traces are open to riding, except those that are specifically marked otherwise. The National Park Service is in the process of marking some of the trails, but a good topographical map will help. Many of the riding trails leave the park and cross private or state lands. Please respect others' rights.
A few common sense rules will help you have a safe and enjoyable experience. These guidelines are also to help keep the area beautiful for you and for generations of riders to come.
1. Please stay on established roads and traces. Cutting cross country creates a network of trails that cause erosion and may lead to the next rider getting lost.
2. Please cross only at designated river crossings. This prevents erosion and deterioration of riverbanks which muddies the river and degrades fish habitat.
5. Use hitching rails where available, rather than tying horses to trees. Horses may damage trees by gnawing on bark or pawing roots.
7. Please do not ride into campgrounds, picnic areas and other developed areas. (Except
8. Most of the riding trails pass through private lands. Please respect the landowners where you ride. It only takes a few unfortunate incidents to cause a private landowner to close his land.
Did You Know?
Big Spring, at Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri has a daily flow of 286 million gallons of water. This is enough to fill a typical pro football stadium once a day. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...