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    National Scenic Riverways Missouri

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  • Big Spring area will be closed Nov 8 & 9 and Dec 12 - 14

    The Big Spring area will be temporarily closed to ensure public safety during the Wounded Warrior managed hunt November 8-9 and the managed archery hunt December 12-14.

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?

The Jacks Fork River

Ozark National Scenic Riverways was established in 1964, making it America's first national park area to protect a wild river system. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...