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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!

4 months ago

Great little trail.

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5 months ago

New road surface makes traveling this scenic drive a little easier on the unpaved section. Plenty of side trails to walk or 4wheel. And when you get to highway turn toward Eagle Rock and check out the New Mexican restaurant across the bridge and close to Dollar General. Not a drive for low to the ground vehicles or cars with "city tires" this is a rough riding road and no facilities. A few really nice openings to view the Ozark mountains. One with old picnic tables and a place to pull off and rest from bouncing down the road. It's s fun drive always something to see and leaves are starting to change colors.

really pretty area

6 months ago

Really pretty area

7 months ago

Beautiful area. The flood in April 2017 knocked out the bridge, turning this short trail into a longer one (see recording). There are lots of cool little caves to see and the hike now takes you along the creek and returns you to the parking lot. Very easy walk.

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9 months ago

Pleasant drive through Ozark hill country. Many recreational opportunities along the way. hiking, fishing, camping, etc. Roaring River State park is a premier trout fishing park.

Nice area, limestone bluffs, quaint tourist cottages. A couple of good cafes in Cassville.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

One of the most photographed mills in the Ozarks.
Caught it one time with a thick fog over the spring.
Very cool place !!!

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

We took a nice scenic drive down the Gladetop Trail, stopping at multiple overlooks to enjoy the splendid views.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Beautiful, easy walk around Alley Spring and mill. Stop in and tour the mill while you're there!

We did the Devil's Kitchen trail and it was definitely a good workout and a great place to take photos.
The park was far larger than I had anticipated and we were fortunate the welcome center was open and had maps, since neither the app or Google Maps were helpful. After spending 20 minutes analyzing the map and still doing some backtracking we finally found Devil's Kitchen (not the trail we were originally set to hike but I was tired of driving in circles).
It's really beautiful down there and I'll definitely be going back. There were cabins and camp sites everywhere which would be a great option to make a weekend out of it.

Great trail enjoy the great scenery can definitely give you a workout

enjoyed a hike by the creek

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Beautiful! And the Jacks Fork River was sooo nice for my 2 year old to wade and swim in!

The park was amazing! Very impressed! The app however is horrible taking you directly to downtown Cassville and not Roaring river if you click "map".

Monday, April 18, 2016

Flat, figure 8 path. Good for running & good for Dogs. Frisbee course available too.
Tends to flood during high water.


Had a great time, trails are dry, Spring is here!!!!

One of my favorite places to "get away from it all" and replenish!! Great trails, great camping!

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Friday, January 15, 2016

nice views

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Sunday, December 06, 2015

Nice drive.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Beautiful place to see. Has a 1.5 mile hike with a overlook. The mill and old schoolhouse are open at diffent times of the year.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

followed directions given and just ended up in cabool. didn't no where to go from there. need better directions.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Hesitate to write another review, but just visited again taking some family to this site. Alley Springs is a picturesque historic site. It is worth a trip there just to see it. But, once their you will have a hard time choosing what to do in the area. Choices seem unliimited.

Can't add much more to Jen York's great review other than be sure to stop and visit the Nature Center. Lot's of interesting wildlife exhibits here and an exhibit including things found down inside the underwater cave. I found trail guides here to the Park's hiking trials. I also saw a curious spinning vortex in the water near the awesome waterfall and where the underwater cave starts.

The drive route is Missouri Highway 59. The features of this scenic drive include the Elk River, Indian Creek Roadside Park, Mt. Shira Stream Access, Noel and impressive overhanging bluffs. The Mt. Shira Stream Access is the only public access along this route that offers a nice close-up view of the Elk River. During the Spring and after a heavy rainfall, look for water cascading off the limestone bluffs.

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Monday, February 09, 2015

For years we have traveled 112 through the Mark Twain National Forest and Roaring River State Park as part of our route to drive to Silver Dollar City. I would see the sign for The Sugar Camp Scenic Drive and always wondered what was down that way. In 2010, I picked up my Mom, and we just took a drive in the Fall to experiencethe Sugar Camp Scenic Drive. I highly recomend going in the Fall to see all the colors of the leaves (see my photos of this drive). Before we took the drive, I saw that the drive was featured in the Falcon Guide "Scenic Driving The Ozarks" by Don Kurz. There was alot of interesting information and a helpful map that showed that if we got on the Sugar Camp Scenic Drive off of 112, we would come out eventually on 86 in Eagle Rock. The drive is a well maintained gravel road that features Onyx Cave Picnic Area and scenic views of Radium Hollow, Cedar Creek Valley and a section of the White River. There is also a portion of this drive that features flat open areas of small limestone glades.

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