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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 »

Special Events

Julie O'Donnell with spinning wheel

One of many traditional craftsmen who will be demonstrating the essential skills of yesteryear at Ozark Heritage Days.

Bill O'Donnell

Ozark National Scenic Riverways hosts a variety of Special Events each season. These may change from year to year, so watch this space for our latest offerings. Details will be posted here as planning progresses. (Dates subject to change) For more information, call 573-323-4236

The Vanishing Ozarks - August 8 at 8:30 p.m. Join us for a rare showing of this film made for a St Louis TV station around 1963. It talks about the "proposed Ozark Riverways park" and interviews a few folks about it within the context of an old time guided fishing float. 8:30 pm at the Big Spring Campground Amphitheater. FREE.

Missouri A Living Portrait will be shown August 15 at the Big Spring Campground Amphitheater at 8:30 p.m. Enjoy this film from the 1960s about the cultural heritage of Missouri. Free.

Ozark Riverways' 50th Anniversary Celebration! Has it really been fifty years of protecting these wonderful rivers? Join us to celebrate on Saturday August 23 at 6:00 pm at the "Depression Cabin" at Big Spring. The very same cabin that Tricia Nixon Cox spoke from when she dedicated the park! FREE.

Current River Bluegrass will perform August 30 at Pulltite Campground Amphitheater at 7:00 pm. Bring something to sit on. Free!

The Haunting in the Hills
, October 11 at Alley. Enjoy storytelling, music and craft demonstrations on the grounds at Alley.

Employee Reunion, October 12 at Big Spring. All employees, concessionaires, and volunteers who have worked at the park over the years are invited to get together to talk over old times and celebrate the park's 50th anniversary. Details.

Wounded Warrior Hunt at Big Spring. November 8 & 9, 2014. As a thank you to all our wounded warriors for the service and their sacrifice, we are inviting you to a special hunt at Big Spring. Details.

Archery Deer Hunt at Big Spring, December 12- 14. Pre-registration is required. Read all the details here.

Demonstrating a corn grinder
Just making breakfast was hard work in the "good old days."
NPS Photo

"What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt-it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn't want to go anywhere else." - (Hal Boyle)


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...