Outdoor Recreational Events

Trail
National Trails Day and Civil War on the Current River at Round Spring, June 2-4, 2017. American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is a nationwide celebration of trails and an opportunity for Americans of all ages to experience our country’s 200,000+ miles of trails. We will have special presentations at Round Spring and Pulltite during the weekend. On Sunday we’ll host a prize hike on the Pulltite Trail.

Civil War soldiers from the 1st Engineers of the West will also be at Round Spring to provide a living history encampment. Join us to learn about Civil War activities in Missouri and along the Current River. For more information on both activities, contact 573-323-8093.
 
Big Spring
Photography Hike at Big Spring, June 24th, 2017 (9 a.m. - 11 a.m.). Join a nature photographer and Park Ranger for a guided nature photography lesson. Bring your own camera equipment and try out techniques used by professional nature photographers. Capture stunning natural views and learn about the area's natural history. Meet at Big Spring. For more information call 573-323-4806.
 
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American Canoe Association (ACA) Paddle Clinic and Interpretive Float, June 30th, 2017. Learn the basics of paddling from ACA certified instructors and then enjoy a guided float trip on the Current River from Current River State Park to Round Spring. This program will be held in partnership with Current River State Park. All paddling gear is provided. Pre-registration is required by calling 573-323-8093.
 
Kayaking
American Canoe Association (ACA) Paddle Clinics and Interpretive Floats, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017. Learn the basics of paddling from ACA certified instructors and then enjoy a guided float trip on the Current River from Current River State Park to Round Spring. This program will be held in partnership with Current River State Park. All paddling gear is provided. Pre-registration is required by calling 573-323-8093.
 
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Point and Shoot Photography Hike at Big Spring, July 16th, 2017 (2 p.m.). They say the best camera is the one you have with you. For most of us that means our cell phones. Join a park ranger for a point and shoot photography hike. Topics will include composition and tips for best capturing the natural landscapes, wildlife and habitats with your smart phone. For more information call 573-323-4806.
 
Junior Ranger Badge
Junior Ranger Day Camp at Round Spring, July 24-27, 2017. Children will be invited to spend the morning with a Park Ranger from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day. Activities will be focused on the development of outdoor skills and the study of natural wonders in the park. Register by calling 573-323-8093.
 
fishing
Fish with a Ranger Clinic, July 30th, 2017 (8:30 a.m.). The Jacks Fork River of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways offers some of the finest Smallmouth and Goggle Eye fishing in the state. Bring your canoe or kayak and join a Park Ranger to learn lure selection, regulations, casting techniques and tell traditional fish stories. Clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Alley Spring Boat Launch and will conclude at the Joshua T. Chilton Memorial Boat Landing in Eminence. Participants must have a valid Missouri Fishing License and provide their own vessel, transportation and fishing equipment. For more information, call (573)-226-3945.
 
Canoe
American Canoe Association (ACA) Paddle Clinic and Interpretive Float, August 4th, 2017. Learn the basics of paddling from ACA certified instructors and then enjoy a guided float trip on the Current River from Current River State Park to Round Spring. This program will be held in partnership with Current River State Park. All paddling gear is provided. Pre-registration is required by calling 573-323-8093.
 
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Solar Eclipse

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Solar Eclipse in the Riverways, August 21st. The clear open skies of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways will offer a great vantage point for a rare celestial event in 2017. On August 21st, the riverways will be in near prime territory to witness an event that has not happened in the Continental United States in many decades, a rare total solar eclipse. Join Rangers starting at Noon near the mill as we view this phenomenon. Please do not try to view the Solar Eclipse without properly rated eye protection as damage to your eyes will occur. Alley Mill is located six miles west of Eminence, Missouri, on State Route 106. For more information, please call Ranger Josh Chilton at (573)-226-3945.
 
Lye Soap
Labor Day Pioneer Exhibit at Alley Spring, September 3rd, 2017. The pioneering spirit helped settle the riverways area and opened the door for the development of the Ozark culture. Join us from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. at Alley Mill as we demonstrate the labor and pioneering spirit of the Ozark People.
 
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A Trail Town Celebration and Kickoff for the Fall Hiking Season, September 9-10, 2017. Let the Hiking Begin! This two-day hiking event will celebrate the start of the hiking season in Missouri. Activities on Saturday will focus on trails in the Round Spring and Echo Bluff State Park area. On Sunday National Park Service Rangers will host a hike on the Cave Spring Trail starting at Devils Well on the Upper Current River.
 
River Gigging
Gigs and Ghost, October 21st, 2017. This is a unique opportunity to learn about a time-honored tradition on the Current River. Agents from the Missouri Department of Conservation will provide an opportunity for visitors to try their hand at gigging. National Park Service Rangers will host a storytelling session around a bonfire on the gravel bar during the event.
 
Prairie Hollow Gorge
Prairie Hollow Gorge Interpretive HIke, November 4th, 2017 (9 a.m. - 11 a.m.). Join a Ranger for a guided interpretive hike of what has been called the "hidden gem" of Ozark National Scenic Riverways Enjoy awe-inspiring views, photographic opportunities and appreciation of the geographic forces that created the gorge millions of years ago. Participants must pre-register by calling 573-226-3945.
 
winter kayaking
Winter Paddling Clinic and First Day Float, December 30th and January 1st. The National Park Service and Missouri State Parks will host an ACA Winter Paddling Clinic and First Day Float on the Current River. Sessions for the paddling clinic will be held at Echo Bluff State Park on December 30 and 31. On January 1 paddlers will celebrate the New Year with a float on the Current River and gather at Current River State Park in the afternoon for a bonfire and warm beverage.

Last updated: May 11, 2017

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Van Buren, MO 63965

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