Fees & Passes

Round Spring campground NPS Photo by ODonnell

NPS photo by Bill O'Donnell

Fees & Reservations

America the Beautiful Pass Program
Ozark National Scenic Riverways issues the Senior and Access passes at the following locations; Park Headquarters at Van Buren, Alley Spring General Store and Round Spring Ranger Station.
For more information on the
America the Beautiful Pass Program.


$16.00 - Day / $19.00 for electric sites
Holders of "America the Beautiful "Senior or Access Passes receive half price camping on family sites. Family sites at Alley, Big Spring, Round Spring and Pulltite may be reserved.

Group sites at Alley, Big Spring (except Chubb Hollow), Round Spring and Two Rivers are $100.00 per night. Chubb Hollow and Akers Group Sites are $50.00 as they have fewer amenities.

Camping fees vary in the winter season(Oct 15th - April 1) as wintertime services vary in each campground.

To reserve sites go to www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. Camping stays are limited to 14 days, and each campsite is limited to two tents or six people. Group sites are limited to 45 people, and are not suitable for RVs.


Backcountry Camping

$5.00 per night

There are several smaller, less developed camping areas in the park. Generally these have more rustic facilities such as pit type toilets.

These campsites include:
  • Bay Creek
  • Rymers
  • Cedargrove
  • Gooseneck
  • Shawnee Creek
  • Big Tree
  • Sinking Creek
  • Cedar Spring
  • Grubs
  • Hickory
  • Keatons
  • Log Yard
  • Pin Oak
The fee for these "primitive" sites is $5.00. Sites are limited to 6 people and two vehicles and are available on a first come, first served basis only. Stays are limited to 14 days.

Private Campgrounds

There are many privately operated commercial campgrounds around the park. These range from very nice first class places to more rustic. The National Park Service does not recommend, endorse or inspect any of these. These links are provided as a convenience. Click on the town near where you'd like to camp and you'll go to their Chamber of Commerce Camping page:



Van Buren

Picnic Shelter Reservations

$33.00 - Day

Picnic shelters may be reserved by calling 877-444-6777. If a shelter has not been reserved for a particular day, it is available on a first come, first served basis without charge. Shelters rent for $33.00 which must be paid in advance. Shelter reservations will be made exclusively online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. You can reserve up to one year in advance.

Round Spring Cave Tours
$5.00 adults over 12
$2.00 children

Adult tickets are $5.00. Children under 12 are $2.00 and holders of "America the Beautiful "Senior or Access Passes are $2.50. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

School groups should call ahead: 573-323-8093. Reservations are not accepted for private groups and all tours are limited to 15 people. Tours are limited to 15 people, tickets go on sale 30 minutes before each tour at the Round Spring Visitor Center.

Tours are at 10:00 , 12:00 and 2:00 daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please wear sturdy footwear and dress warmly, as it is about 54 degrees in the cave. Please DO NOT bring your own flashlights, we will provide lighting equipment. DO NOT bring any equipment or clothing that has been in other caves. This is to help control the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a disease that is killing bats across the US. (It is harmless to humans.)


Last updated: July 14, 2017

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 490
Van Buren, MO 63965


(573) 323-4236

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