The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has acquired a new state park along the Current River and off of Hwy. 19, north of Eminence in Shannon County. Current River State Park will be developed on property known as the historic Alton Club/Jerry J. Presley Conservation Education Center, previously owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation. In early 2008, the Alton Club complex and surrounding acreage was transferred to the Department of Natural Resources for development as a new state park. The Alton Club was constructed in the late 1930s and early 1940s as a corporate retreat for the Alton Box Board Co., a manufacturing company located in Alton, Ill. The buildings at the site reflect the influence of rustic architecture popular in camp and park buildings in the first half of the 20th century. Many of these buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The historic buildings and structures that remain include the gymnasium, the main lodge, the lower dormitory, the lake house, several small outbuildings and a skeet range. In addition to its historic significance, the new state park is a part of the much larger and naturally significant Current River landscape. With its location adjacent to the Current River, a portion of the new park is within the scenic easement of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR). Managed by the National Park Service, the ONSR was designated in 1964 as the nations first national park to protect a wild river system and includes significant portions of both the Current and Jacks Fork rivers and their many tributaries. Because of the unique designations associated with the National Register of Historic Places and the ONSR scenic easement, any development at the new state park will need to be sensitive to the historic buildings and the scenic viewshed. The mission for the new state park is fourfold: * To preserve, interpret and experience the outstanding scenic and natural features, biologic integrity, and forest and aquatic systems inherent to the Ozark National Scenic Riverways within this section of the Current River Hills landscape. * To preserve, interpret and experience the cultural landscape of the Alton Club as a corporate retreat on the Current River, during the period of significance identified in the National Register nomination. * To interpret the heritage of this part of the Ozarks, including the unique cultures that have made the Ozarks their home, the recreational and tourism legacy of the Current River, and the areas historic and modern timber industry. * And, to provide programming and recreational opportunities in partnership with surrounding land management entities that emphasize the natural and cultural significance of the Current River Hills landscape, and that are consistent with efforts to preserve these natural and cultural resources.

We started out behind the old gym and went straight up the hill....and I mean straight. Pretty steep. Once at the top we got a peak at the river and then made our way back down. Nothing spectacular. Did finish along the lake that was hand dug in the 1930's which was nice. I would start and go clockwise next time to come down the steepest part. Make sure to get a tour of the historical buildings while you're there.

mountain biking
3 months ago

I mountain biked this trail and did not find it extremely well maintained or blazed. It had logical switchbacks and a good gradient for rainfall but there were multiple downed trees, few fresh looking as there was growth over the trees. I was glad there was no one on the trail but not glad to have to clear all of the spider webs with my face.
I did not see this trail marked for mtb but I'm not sure why not... in the 11 miles I did there and back (not finishing the trail completely) I climbed 3500 feet and although I had to jump off a lot on the way in and there was quite a lot of loose gravel the way back was a blast.
The highway 19 crossing was not the most confusing part of the trail as I saw a switchback maybe 1/2 mile after the highway for a trail with yellow markers that shared the Current River Trail for a ways. Also, leaving from the Echo Bluff trailhead (which was pretty clear and well marked) about 1/2 mile after the wheeler bridge you have to turn right to stay on the trail marked on this App's map but I believe staying straight on the double track trail will take you on the trail found on the Current River State Park's website,which has the trail ending at a lollipop of CR 19-50 and the actual Current River. IDK which is which but I had a lot of fun either way.

hiking
3 months ago

This well blazed and maintained trail has been lengthened since it was first added to this app and is officially 5.25 miles one way (I had 5.4 miles) making it just shy of 11 miles out and back. It passes mostly through forest but does cross a couple of roads and uses the Wheeler Bridge at Echo Bluff to cross the Current River.

It starts at the southern entry point for Echo Bluff State Park and ends at the gym for the historic 1930’s Alton Box Board Company corporate retreat at Current River State Park. I was lucky enough to run into a groundskeeper who gave me a tour of the gym and other resort buildings. Several species of fungi were on or next to the trail, including Chanterelles, Elegant Stinkhorn and a beautiful Indigo Milky.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a mostly wooded trail that is well blazed and has some wonderful old chinquapin oaks along it. It does partly overlap the Current River Trail that runs from the Current River State Park to Echo Bluff State Park. Heading south on the trail there are a couple of glades that overlook the valley the Current River flows through that are very scenic. Found a gorgeous Chicken of the Woods next to the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a wide, chat covered trail. I'm guessing it's rated moderate because it entails some steep climbs but otherwise it is an easy trail. The trail celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Missouri State Park system so there are educational signs at different stops around the trail that describe Missouri State Park system history. There are two scenic overlook stops that look over the Current River and the surrounding valley the river flows through. The highest scenic overlook has some benches to sit and enjoy the view.

hiking
4 months ago

My GPS tracked this trail as approximately 2.7 miles (the trailhead sign says 2.6) and not 3.9 miles as stated in the above description. Kudos to whoever blazed the trail, as it is extremely easy to follow even though it is lightly used. The trail is entirely wooded except for about 10 yards at the start that pass under power lines. There are some beautiful oak trees along the trail, which are the highlight of the trail. This would make a great spring or fall hike when you can see into the surrounding valleys.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

This trail is extremely well maintained and so grateful after some of the hikes I have done this summer. The trail starts with some beautiful rock formations, but is mostly through woods the entire time and ends at a small off shoot the Current River. The only reason I didn't give this was a 5 is because you do have to cross the road several times and it's not well translated until you search along the other side for the orange marker. In addition, there are no substantial views if you are looking for those.

hiking
2 months ago

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