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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.

Places To Go

welch hospital

The ruin of Welch Hospital sits over the opening to Welch Cave. It was thought that cool cave air would benefit "consumption" patients. It didn't work and Dr Diehl's hospital soon went under.

There is so much to explore in and around the Ozark National Scenic Riverways! There are springs, caves, mills, even a waterfall. These pages will give you some idea of what awaits you, but the best thing to do is just get out there and explore. Who knows what you'll discover?

PARK MAP (.pdf file)
 
Visitor enjoying the solitude of Blue Spring.
A visitor enjoying the solitude and beauty of Blue Spring.
Bill O'Donnell

Did You Know?

Big Spring at Ozark National Scenic Riverways

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...