One way to spend a weekend of boredom is to drive somewhere and enjoy the scenic views of winter. That’s when I found the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on Google. It is a huge national park in the Ozarks of southern Missouri with river systems flowing through it. According to National Park Service, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system.

Ozark Park

Big Spring is a must-see.

Big Spring carries 173 tons of dissolved dolomite bedrock away a day. Over one year, this would equate to a new passge about 11 feet wide, 12 feet high, and 1 mile in length.

Ozark Riverways Park

Ozark Riverways Park

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Rocky Falls

Few places in the Ozarks provide a glimpse of the earth’s turbulent past as well as Rocky falls. The reddish-brown rock was formed as molten rock deep within the earth.

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See the Two Rivers Concession

It is a pretty slow moving river and in when the weather permits, you can go canoeing.

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The historic Alley Spring. The scenery around it is magnificent.

Early settlers build a grist mill at the edge of the spring about 1868. In 1894 the steel roller mill was constructed on the same site and still stands today. Steel rollers that ground the grain were powered by a turbine rather than a waterwheel.
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Ozark Riverways Park

There are other trails you can take if you are adventurous.

Ozark Riverways Park

If you are planning to spend a weekend with your family camping and canoeing down the river this summer, this park is the place to be.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Address: 404 Watercress Drive, Van Buren, MO 63965

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