Basic Information

404 Watercress Drive
Van Buren, MO 63965

The Headquarters for Ozark National Scenic Riverways is located at 404 Watercress Drive in Van Buren, Missouri. It's located at the corner of Watercress Drive and Main Street, across the street from the Van Buren Public School complex.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

The park grounds are open daily, 24-hours per day. Campgrounds are restricted to campers only from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: -
  • Tuesday: -
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is located in southeastern Missouri. Summer temperatures generally range from 75-100 degrees with high humidity. Winter temperatures generally range from 0-50 degrees with periods of intermittent freezing and snow.

Entrance Fees:

Park entrance fee - $0.00

There is no entrance fee at Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

Park Headquarters Visitor Center

The Park Headquarters Visitor Center is open year-round and is located at 404 Watercress Drive in Van Buren, Missouri. The Visitor Center is located at park headquarters and contains an Eastern National sales area, park information, exhibits and a historic film made on the Current River. America the Beautiful passes can be acquired at this location.

Alley Mill and General Store

Alley Mill and General Store are located at Alley Spring, west of Eminence, Missouri. Both facilities offer an Eastern National sales area and exhibits related to the Ozark culture surrounding mill communities.

Round Spring Visitor Center

Round Spring Visitor Center is located north of Eminence, Missouri, on Highway 19. The visitor center is open daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Tickets for the Round Spring Cave tour are sold here. Tours run daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and are limited to 15 participants, with tickets available in person on a first come, first serve basis 30 minutes prior to tour time. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

 
Two Rivers

NPS Photo

More Than Just the Rivers....

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system. The Current and Jacks Fork Rivers are two of the finest floating rivers you'll find anywhere. Spring-fed, cold and clear they are a delight to canoe, swim, boat or fish. Besides these two famous rivers, the park is home to hundreds of freshwater springs, caves, trails and historic sites such as Alley Mill.

 

PARK FACILITIES

Alley Mill Visit the scenic Alley Mill for a look at the life of yesteryear.


Located on Missouri Route 106, six miles west of Eminence, Missouri.

Informal tours of the building are held anytime by request. Rangers are available to provide information about the park, the Ozark area, history and nature.

Special Programs: Schools can arrange to visit anytime of year by calling 573-226-3945.

Exhibits:

The Alley Mill was built in 1894. Much of the original milling equipment is still in place. Exhibits explain the life and culture of the Ozarks.

Available Facilities:

Exhibits, book and postcard sales, free literature, park information. No restrooms in the Mill. Campground, canoe rental and river access nearby.

Storeys Creek One Room Schoolhouse

Located within walking distance of Alley Mill, six miles west of Eminence, Missouri on State Route 106. Open on summer weekends. Grounds always open, but access into the school is limited.

Special Programs: Schools can arrange to visit anytime of year by calling 573-226-3945.

Exhibits: Traditional one room school. See how the "three R's" were taught in the Ozarks and throughout rural America until recently.


Alley Old Store Visitor Center Open by chance or appointment during the winter months, open daily in summer.

Located on the approach road to the Disabled Parking Area 100 yards north of the main Alley Mill parking lot. Within walking distance of the Mill and the Storeys Creek School. (if walking, it is behind the school and up the hill.)

Open daily during the summer, may be closed mid-day for lunch.

Exhibits recall the furnishings of a late 19th Century Ozarks country store.
Available Facilities: Sales area, park information, Restroom.

Round Spring Visitor Center
Phone: 573-323-8093
Located at the entrance to the Round Spring Campground, 15 miles north of Eminence on State Route 19.

Open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm during the summer months. The rest of the year it is open when the ranger is in, no set hours. Small exhibit area featuring displays about caves, karst geology and the fauna of caves, including bats.

Tickets for tours of the Round Spring Cave are available 30 minutes before each tour during summer months. Tours are held daily at 10:00, 12:00 and 2:00. Reservations are not accepted and group size is limited. Tours are held Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.


Available Facilities:


Small exhibit area featuring displays about caves, karst geology and the fauna of caves, including bats. Park information, brochures, restroom etc. Campground, canoe rental and river access nearby.

Akers Visitor Center Closed indefinitely.
Pulltite Visitor Center The Pulltite Visitor Center is open irregular hours on summer weekends. Visitors can get park information, borrow a fishing pole or binoculars, and children may borrow books from our extensive kid's nature library. There is an outdoor "Free Children's Library" at Pulltite that is open year round, working on the honor system.
Watercress Headquarters (Van Buren)

Open weekdays all year 8:00 - 4:30, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and other Federal holidays.. Phone: 573-323-4236, ext 0

Located at 404 Watercress Drive in Van Buren, Missouri. Directly across the street from the Van Buren High School. This is just east of town on Main Street, also known as "Old Route 60."

Exhibits on the resources and history of the Ozarks. Informational brochures and sales items such as books, videos, postcards, etc are available.

Open year round.

Available Facilities:

Information, restrooms, book sales, trail. Forest Service campground and river access nearby at Watercress Park.

Last updated: August 29, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 490
Van Buren, MO 63965

Phone:

(573) 323-4236

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