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More Than Just the Rivers.... Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system. The Current and Jacks Fork Rivers are two of the finest floating rivers you'll find anywhere. Spring-fed, cold and clear they are a delight to canoe, swim, boat or fish. Besides these two famous rivers, the park is home to hundreds of freshwater springs, caves, trails and historic sites such as Alley Mill.

hiking
8 days ago

Short trail to stairs that lead down to an overlook where you can just see the surface of the largest underground natural lake in Missouri. The temperature drops at least ten degrees as you descend the stairs. A light activated by motion illuminates the lake surface.

great easy trail for kids

hiking
30 days ago

This is a flat, easy trail that has the Current River on one side and bluffs on the other for a good part of the trail. About half way down the trail, a large Sycamore tree has fallen and blocked the trail. It is possible to climb through branches and then over the tree trunk and continue on the trail to the spring. On the other side of the spring is an old hospital that you can climb to by crossing the rocks to your right as you look at the spring. Once on the other side of the rock crossing, you will do some rock climbing and then walk on a ledge above the spring. Don't slip or you will have about a 15 foot drop into the spring. On the other side is the hospital, which was built at the turn of the last century. This was an enjoyable hike that I will do again.

Fun hike. Found a couple of morels along the trail. A black and white warbler and red-eyed vireo posed for us. The overlook at the top of the hill overlooking the mill and valley was beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

The old mill is a highlight of this short hike. It sets next to a spring that averages 81 million gallons a day. The bridge over the creek has long since washed away so it’s an out and back trail now.

Nice area. Pretty fascinating when you look at it from
above. You park where it is. Not exactly a Wilderness Area, but a nice easy approach like this is nice at times and for some people.

Really beautiful spot. The road is difficult to drive so be careful. Has bathrooms at trail head. Trail flat and easy. Spring is pretty.

The last quarter mile of the dirt road to the trailhead is nearly impassable to small cars. The hike itself was a refreshing walk in the woods. A neat little homestead and out buildings that really demonstrate the self-sufficiency of the homesteaders is the highlight.

We hiked around but not on a specific trail. Beautiful area.

Short hike to a beautiful spot. Hospital ruins are cool. We climbed the cliff to see inside. When driving down the gravel road and it T's, go right and there is parking.

hiking
2 months ago

nice little trail with plenty to see

Very pretty area

Loved this!! I went from Rocky Falls to the mill and back. Didn’t see any horses but plenty of manure. Also elk droppings. Be sure to take a pic of the flyer before heading out. Several times around the open field areas I lost the trail. The paper gives you things to look for along the way. It was so pretty.

hiking
3 months ago

So amazing. There are stairs so be prepared. There used to be a neat barn on the way, but vandals burned it down.

This is my favorite spot. So peaceful. If you are quiet and pay attention on this trail you might be able to see the rocky spring wild horse herd.But I ask you to please clean up after yourself. I have seen trash at Klepzig to many times

hiking
3 months ago

I have been here twice. I can not get enough of this beauty.

For as short as this trail is, it's packed with awesomeness. The area itself is amazing. I could sit and look at the spring all day. Great place for family pictures. So clean!

Simply put... beautiful place!

Did this with my sixth grade students in September. They loved the many swirls of the rhyolitic rock at Rocky Falls. Very peaceful and lots to discover. Great views too.

We didn't get far because you literally have to wade through the river to begin the trail. However, I did it . It was only knee deep and not slick - just be ready to take off your shoes and wade across. So, we spent the day climbing around the beautiful waterfall and up the mountain beside it. We were able to see quite the view just there! It was so worth it!

paddle sports
4 months ago

Great river. Lots of caves and springs to explore on the upper section above Alley Spring. Great swimming and fishing for the whole family.

Love this river! Can’t get enough

nature trips
6 months ago

We found this place by chance a few years back. It was beautiful but had an eeriness to the location.

This is an amazing hike. The trail can be confusing in a few spots but with All Trail pro edition I had no problems. The scenery was beautiful. Great views, waterfalls, and spotted the wild horses and got some photos. Ate lunch at the old mill on top of a lovely waterfall. The litchen covered rocks and crystal clear waters of rocky creek brings life to the pine forest.

great river great scenery

hiking
7 months ago

Great little trail.

Didn’t do the overlook trail yet but there’s a smaller trail you can take just around the spring. Going back!! Stunningly beautiful place. Very well maintained and preserved.

This has been one of my favorite hikes in Missouri in quite some time! Rocky Falls is absolutely beautiful and the other two shut-ins are amazing as well! Klepzig Mill is unique and the fall leaves really set it off. I am happy I did this hike after we had rain this past week since I think it would have been very dry otherwise. I did have a hiccup that almost made me turn back at the point when it crosses the low water bridge and struggled to find the OT marker. I actually almost turned back, but discovered one sticker on the back of the highway marker and saw the trail just past it on the left with another OT marker on a tree. Other than that, the trail is marked well and not overgrown in any areas since it is part of the OT. Beautiful in fall!

I hiked from Rocky Fall to Klepzig and back. The directions were from Klepzig to Rocky. No where on the directions does it say to walk up the highway and around the curve then hit the logger road so I spent 25 min trying to find the OT marker around the low water bridge and then the remainder of the hour hiking through the woods and blackberry thorns trying to find the trail.
Need better directions.

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