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With its narrow valley, rugged, mountainlike terrain and deep blue spring, Roaring River State Park is breathtaking. Roaring River is known for its premier trout fishing. Young and old alike will enjoy feeding and watching the fish in the spring pool or taking a tour of the trout hatchery. Other park features include a swimming pool, shaded picnic area and store. Explore the natural wonders of the park on one of seven trails totaling over 10 miles. Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center exhibits interpretive displays and park naturalists present programs on the park's natural history. Overnight guests have a variety of options. Campers will find 187 campsites ranging from basic to electric hookup. The elegant Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center features 26 guest rooms, a restaurant, gift shop and meeting rooms. Twenty-six secluded, rustic cabins with kitchens are perfect for families. Reservations for the inn and cabins are required. Whether coming to fish, hike or relax by the pool, Roaring River State Park has something for everyone that will whet their appetite to return again and again.
Skip it. Nothing to justify taking this 'trail' that is not much more than a game trail that ends after about a quarter mile and one is then left to bushwack...which would be okay if there was something truly worthwhile to get to...but there is no reason for doing so. Much better vistas can be found from the highways and farm roads, not to mention other trails in RRSP. If you do go, from the parking just off 86, the road to the left is private - all you will get from taking it is a very short out-n-back. The 'trail' is to the right and is only passable for about a quarter mile before disappearing into brush - and we went in December. I can't imagine bothering to hack through this in the spring/summer. Would have given it 0 stars if that was possible.
This Trail is beautiful in the Fall. If you start from the hatchery do not stop at the fire tower, which isn't worth going up, it has no spectacular view from the top. If you continue on you will come to an open area, there is a sign that says glade restoration, that has a great view of surrounding hills. Keep going! You will eventually cross a highway and the trail will start following part of the river where you and your dog can get in and cool off. It's a pretty long hike so make sure you take some water and snacks!