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    National Scenic Riverways Missouri

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  • 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 »

Ferns

Nature and Science

Maidenhair fern

Ferns are primitive but beautiful plants that add a touch of charm to many a forest trail and rocky outcropping. One of the more interesting species in the park is the "walking fern" which is found around the mouths of caves, springs and other cool damp places. This fern has long thin frond. When its tip touches the ground, a new fern sprouts. As this "baby" grows, its fronds touch the ground a few inches away and another new plant begins. It's as if the fern is "walking" across the soil. Braken ferns can be found throughout the park, but most ferns are restricted to cooler, wetter areas.

Did You Know?

Fall color paints a glade bright red.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways' glades are rocky, desert-like area on hilltops. Kept open by periodic fires, they are home to collared lizards, tarantulas, scorpions, cacti and other species more typical of the desert southwest. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...