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    National Scenic Riverways Missouri

Ranger Programs

A visit to a national park wouldn't be the same without a Ranger Program! Join a ranger for one of these daily activities. Other "once a summer" activities are listed on our Special Events page. Make sure you check it out!

Alley Mill: The Alley Mill will be closed most of the summer of 2014. The Mill will be undergoing a major restoration with a new roof, and work to the walls and foundation. The grounds will remain open, but access inside the building will be closed until the work is completed. You can visit the historic Alley Mill anytime, the grounds are always open. The building itself is open daily from 9:00 to 4:45 during the summer . Tours by request. The Mill may be closed from time to time during the summer of 2014 as restoration work progresses, Please pardon this inconvenience as we work to insure that the mill is strong and sturdy for its next century! Access to the mill is always Free.

The Alley General Store Visitor Center will be open from 9:00 to 5:00 most days during the summer. It may be closed for a half hour during the lunch hour. This replica general store has historic craft items and books for sale, as well as free park information.

Storys Creek School located at Alley will be open daily, from 9:00 to 4:30. Summer only.

Round Spring Cave will be open during the summer of 2014. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before each tour, and tour size is strictly limited to 15 people. Reservations are NOT accepted. Tours are held daily at 10:00 and 2:00 pm. Schools only may make special arrangements for cave tours by calling 573-323-8093. Other groups cannot be accommodated!

Campfire Programs: Join us in the campground amphitheaters to learn about Ozark wildlife, geology, superstitions, history and a whole lot more. Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 pm at Big Spring, Pulltite and Alley Spring. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Junior Ranger Program: ask a ranger or campground host for a free Junior Ranger book. Complete some of the self-paced activities and turn it in at a Campfire Program, the Alley Mill or Park Headquarters in Van Buren and get the Official Junior Ranger badge you've earned!

Other activities: Special hikes, concerts and cultural demonstrations are scheduled from time to time during the summer months around the park. Watch this space, and check bulletin boards when you arrive for the latest offerings!


You can borrow a few things to make your adventure more fun:

River Exploration Kits, available at Big Spring, Round Spring, Park Headquarters and the Alley General Store. These kits include nets, field guides, bug boxes, all the stuff young minds need to explore nature along the river or at the campsite.

Call 573-323-4236, ext 0 for more information

Children enjoying a hike with a ranger
Have fun and learn about nature at the same time! Join a ranger for one of the activities above.
"Choosing to save a river is more often an act of passion than of careful calculation. You make the choice because the river has touched your life in an intimate and irreversible way, because you are unwilling to accept its loss". - (David Bolling, How to Save a River: Handbook for Citizen Action)

Did You Know?

Water cascading through a shut in

"Shut Ins" are an Ozark term for small canyon-like areas where water and rock struggle. Ozark National Scenic Riverways' Rocky Falls is the best known in the park, but there are several more in less easily accessible areas such as near Klepzig Mill. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...