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On average, more than 278 million gallons of water flow from Big Spring each day, making it one of America's largest springs.
Enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking. Four miles south of Van Buren.
The spring, which is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, feeds the Current River.
This spring really lives up to its name—the vivid blue water makes this Missouri spring a sight to see; well worth the half-mile walk from the parking area. The spring is 310 feet deep; that is deep enough to cover the Statue of Liberty.
At approximately 81 million gallons of water per day, this spring definitely adds its share to the Current River. Blue Spring is one of the many springs that feed the Current River.
The spring may be reached by boat/canoe from the Current River; also by hiking the trail from the parking area located off Route 106 at County Road 535, 12 mile west of Eminence—watch for the Blue Spring sign. Picnic tables are available. Don't forget your camera.
Note: The steep approach road is not paved and is not recommended for large RVs and buses.
Part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
Discover Nature at Burr Oak Woods! Burr Oak Woods is a showplace for Missouri's fish, forests and wildlife -- a natural oasis in your own backyard, just 1 mile north of I-70 and minutes from downtown Kansas City.
Join us for a youth, adult or family program or special event. Teachers, contact us to schedule a program for your field trip that will enhance the Next Generation Science Standards. Explore on your own by hiking one of six beautiful trails. Experience the Nature Center as you come eye to eye with some fantastic wild animals, encounter nature's wonders and secrets with hands-on exhibits and catch a glimpse of resident wildlife in the wildlife-viewing room. Step just outside the backdoors and into the all new, all natural Nature Explore Classroom.
No fees are charged at the Nature Center.
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit big cat rescue facility, licensed by the USDA. Our mission is to give animals a voice by serving as a leader in wild cat conservation and education. We provide permanent lifelong care for abused, neglected, and unwanted big cats. Crown Ridge strives to maintain our animal's integrity by providing exceptional physical and mental care. We help give animals a voice by advocating for conservation of the species in the wild and the well being of captive big cats.
Through both on and off-site presentations, tours, educational programs, Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary increases public awareness and inspires a change in the big cat crisis.
Bring your family for a general, V.I.P., or feeding tour or you can schedule your school group for an educational tour. Our cats are playful year round, so it is always a good time to come watch them. Don't forget to ask how you can Adopt-A-Cat to help keep them healthy and happy.
Many opportunities await at this 10,000 acre slice of unspoiled Ozark paradise. The rugged landscape has been modified to provide access to our guests.
Step aboard open-air trams for a guided tour. Try various activities: biking; walking; horseback riding; trout fishing; private jeep tours; and Segway tours. You may see waterfalls, caves, bison, elk and Texas longhorn cattle.
Group functions are welcome; catered meals are available.
Galloway Creek Nature Park is a 40 acre tract of land purchased by the City of West Plains with the understanding that the land would be developed into a recreational park. Galloway Creek, a 5.3 mile long tributary creek runs through the property.
Areas incorporated in the park and serve as a "green area" for wildlife communities. The park reserves the natural habitat of many native plants and animals. Amenities include a covered bridge, pavilion, play area, walking trail and picnic tables.
The park is a great way for families to spend quality time together enjoying the outdoors and learning about nature. The park is maintained by various civic organizations, local Boy and Girl Scout troops, environmental agencies and the City of West Plains.
The park is also host to the annual event Haunting in the Hollows, held the third Saturday in October each year.
Constructed by the Corps of Engineers, this deck lets you see the workings of our Lock & Dam 20. You will get an up close look at the barges locking through the Dam and on a good day you can see a variety of birds.
The Nature Sanctuary is a multii-acre retreat with an Interpretive Center, natural habitat, and miles of nature trails. A wide range of children's and family programs are held throughout the season.
National Tiger Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and caring for exotic wildlife.
Get up close and personal with big cats, including tigers, lions, a black leopard, and mountain lions. You can even feed the big cats yourself.
We only provide guided tours, because it ensures the cats have enough time to rest. Tigers need approximately eighteen hours of sleep each day. Guided tour are offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Ask about our new off-road EcoTour through the Ozark mountains and the Behind the Scenes Tour for special VIP treatment.
Squaw Creek is a 7,350-acre refuge, established in 1935 as a resting, feeding, and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. It is home to 301 bird species (including nesting bald eagles), 33 mammal species, and 35 reptile and amphibian species. During spring and fall migrations, Squaw Creek's wetlands attract as many as 400,000 snow geese and 100,000 ducks. During the fall and winter, as many as 400 bald eagles have been spotted.
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is more than marshes; it includes forest, grassland, cropland and wetland. It is an Internationally Important Bird Area (IBA.) A 10-mile, self-guided driving tour is available.
At the headquarters, you can view exhibits, watch an informative video, and get the latest survey counts for bald eagles, waterfowl and shorebirds.
Visit the Friends of Squaw Creek Nature Shop, located in the headquarters building. To learn more about Friends of Squaw Creek, visit www.SquawCreek.org.
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