• Canoers


    National Scenic Riverways Missouri

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?

Blue Spring is 310 feet deep.

Blue Spring is 310 feet deep. If the Statue of Liberty was standing on the bottom, the top of her torch would be underwater! It is widely considered to be the most beautiful spring in Missouri due to its vivid blue color. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...