Ozark National Scenic Riverways Hosts Trail Town Celebration on the Ozark Trail

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News Release Date: August 25, 2016

Contact: Dave Tobey, 573-323-8093

EMINENCE, MO – Ozark National Scenic Riverways will host a Trail Town Celebration on September 10 and 11 in partnership with the Shannon County Museum, the Eminence Chamber of Commerce and the Ozark Trail Association. Everyone is invited to help us recognize and celebrate the importance of water, hiking, and equestrian trails in our area. On Saturday, September 10, members of the Ozark Trail Association will facilitate a hike from the Ozark Trail trailhead at Owls Bend to Klepzig Mill and Rocky Falls. On Saturday evening, the Shannon County Museum and the Eminence Chamber of Commerce will host a celebration in Eminence, including live music and educational displays. On Sunday, September 11, a hike will begin at the Ozark Trail trailhead at Rocky Falls and continue to the trailhead at Peck Ranch.  

The development of towns and cities can usually be traced back to some form of trail. Maybe it was a river trail or merely a foot trail. People in our local communities are connected by a system of trails. Trails are also a major attraction for people who visit our area. Many come to float and paddle on our river trails. Horse enthusiasts travel from great distances to participate in area trail rides. The Ozark Trail passes through the park and local communities. Trails are an important part of the local heritage and of the recreational opportunities available in the Ozarks today.   

Schedule and Event Details

Friday, September 9

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.:  Meet & greet session for hikers at Captain Jack’s Coffee Shop in Eminence. Sign-up sheets and transportation information will be available.  

Saturday, September 10

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.:  Coffee and transportation information will be available at Captain Jack’s Coffee Shop.  

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.:  Let the hiking begin! A park ranger will be at the Ozark Trail trailhead at Owls Bend, located directly across the river from the mouth of Blue Spring. The ranger will register hikers and provide information about the trail. Members of the Ozark Trail Association will be performing trail maintenance along the trail and will visit with hikers about building sustainable trails and trail maintenance activities. Participants can hike from the Owls Bend trailhead to Klepzig Mill (4.72 miles) or they can continue to Rocky Falls for a total of 7.73 miles.  

Directions to trailhead at Owls Bend: From Eminence travel east on Hwy 106 for 12 miles. Turn right on County Road 106-531, which is one mile west of the Current River Bridge. Follow the county road until it ends at the trailhead.  

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Trail Town Celebration in Eminence hosted by the Shannon County Museum and the Eminence Chamber of Commerce. Live music, information, and vendor booths will be located on the south lawn of the Shannon County Courthouse.  

Sunday, September 11

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Coffee and information will be available at Captain Jack’s Coffee Shop.

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.:  A park ranger will be at Rocky Falls to register hikers and provide information.  

Directions to trailhead at Rocky Falls: Travel State Hwy 106 east from Eminence to State Hwy H. Turn south on State Hwy H and continue to State Hwy NN. Follow State Hwy NN to County Road NN-526. Turn right onto the county road and travel one-half mile to Rocky Falls. 

Park rangers will discuss significant natural and cultural points of interest along the trail. Visitors will be encouraged to recognize and enjoy vegetation, wildlife, glades, waterfalls, and other geographic features along the trail. A park ranger will be at Klepzig Mill to greet hikers and give a short guided tour of Klepzig Mill. For more information about the Trail Town Celebration, contact Park Ranger Dave Tobey at (573)323-8093 or e-mail us.  

This program is part of a series of activities and events planned at Ozark National Scenic Riverways throughout 2016 to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. We invite you to find your park and discover new activities and adventures in your own backyard! For more information about the Ozark National Scenic Riverways and upcoming centennial programs, call (573) 323-4236 during business hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; visit the park’s Facebook page, or website at www.nps.gov/ozar.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.


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Last updated: August 28, 2016

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