Best bird watching trails in Ozark National Scenic Riverway, Missouri

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Ozark National Scenic Riverway with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Ozark National Scenic Riverway, Missouri
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Top trails (14)
#1 - Cave Spring Loop Trail
Ozark National Scenic Riverway
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
Cave Spring Loop trail begins at Devil's Well and leads to Cave Spring on the Current River before looping back to the trailhead. The trail traverses oak-pine forest ridges, a limestone glade, winds through hollows and crosses intermittent streams as it brings hikers down to the mouth of Cave Spring on the Current River. The 'Cliff' segment of this loop trail traverses the side of a high limestone bluff overlooking the Current River with spectacular views, then returns to Devils Well via Parker Hollow alongside an intermittent stream bed. Show more
#2 - Rocky Falls via Klepzig Mill Trail
Ozark National Scenic Riverway
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
Klepzig Mill Trail is an out & back trail beginning at Rocky Falls and travels north on a portion of the Ozark trail passing through Buzzard Mountain ending at Klepzig Mill and Rocky Creek. The trail begins at the most remarkable cascade in the state of Missouri and ends mid-way at Klepzig Mill, a historic mill located at another cascading falls located on Rocky Creek. En route you will pass through Ozark's mixed forests and streams.Show more
#3 - Alley Spring Overlook Trail
Ozark National Scenic Riverway
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 42 m
The Alley Spring Overlook Trail begins at the NW corner of the mill and takes you up a steep climb through heavy timber to an overlook of the mill and valley below, from there it follows the ridge line and back to the valley floor where it follows the river back to the mill.Show more
#4 - Rocky Falls Shut-in Trail
Ozark National Scenic Riverway
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Length: 0.1 mi • Est. 3 m
Rocky Falls Shut-in Trail folllows the west bank of Rocky Creek to base of a 40 ft. tall cascade of brown, pink, and purple igneous rock. From there one can carefully climb the rock face to the top of the falls and explore the scenic area. The pool at the base of the falls is a nice swimming hole.Show more
#5 - Current River: Cedar Grove to Round Spring
Ozark National Scenic Riverway
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Length: 25.0 mi • Est. 10 h 21 m
The river is rated Class One & Two water. The trail is primarily used for canoeing, fishing, and camping. The Current river is the most spring-fed of the Ozark rivers and can be floated year round. Though most would consider the floating season to run from March through November. There are numerous springs, caves, and points of historic interest on the Current River. Float trips can range from a few hours to a week. It is well known for its fabulous trout fishing. The Ozark Mountains, which the Current flows through, is replete with many special scenic wilderness areas. You can even canoe back into a cave on the upper portion of the river. The river is managed by the national park service and camping is allowed anywhere along the river. Show more
#6 - Powder Mills to Rocky Falls
Ozark National Scenic Riverway
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 4 h 50 m
Powder Mills to Rocky Falls trail follows the banks of the Current river before turning into an upland forest leading to a historic mill along the banks of a shut-in along Rocky Creek, then continues further through the forest before ending at Rocky Falls, the largest cascade in the state. The trail is well maintained as a portion of the Ozark Highland trail.Show more
#7 - Jack's Fork River Trail
Ozark National Scenic Riverway
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Length: 18.1 mi • Est. 7 h 33 m
#8 - The Ozark Trail: Current River Section
Ozark National Scenic Riverway
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Length: 26.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Although this section begins at the Current River, it quickly turns off toward Stegall Mountain. Some believe it is the most scenic trail in Missouri. The trail begins by crossing to the west bank of the Current River on the Highway 106 bridge. It then heads south, generally paralleling the river for approximately two miles. From that point it proceeds up Indian Creek, crosses a saddle on the south end of Barnett Mountain, and descends to Rocky Creek. The trail passes a beautiful shut-ins area between Buzzard Mountain and Mill Mountain before heading for Stegall Mountain. Glades atop Stegall Mountain allow expansive and unrestricted views of the Ozark landscape. From Stegall Mountain the trail heads southeast through Peck Ranch Wildlife Area toward Highway 60. Spring maintenance including sawing, lopping, and leaf blowing has left this section in great shape! Make sure you have a good map and compass or gps between Stegall and Peck Ranch as the MDC burn area can be difficult to follow if you are not familiar with this section. There will be seasonal growth in the bottomland areas of the trail, but the corridor should be generally free of downfall. If you enjoy hiking/backpacking in the summer, this is a good destination. It has a lot of good swimming holes to cool down from the heat. Just remember that you'll encounter an occasional weedy patch with all the rain this area has received. Show more
#9 - Jack's Fork River: Emminence to Two Rivers
Ozark National Scenic Riverway
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Length: 7.9 mi
#10 - Spring Branch Trail
Ozark National Scenic Riverway
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 19 m
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