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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 USDA-approved big cat rescue facility funded through a 501(c)3 foundation. Our mission is to provide a permanent home for exotic cats that have endured neglect, abuse, or other undesirable homes. We strive to provide these cats with a healthy lifestyle by providing the best vet care, diets, and enrichment activities possible.
Through both on and off-site presentations, tours, educational programs, and our website, Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary seeks to educate people on the importance of habitat conservation and wildlife preservation. Take a guided tour of Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, a non-profit rescue facility, home to our tigers and a lioness.
Bring your family for a general or V.I.P. tour or you can schedule your school group for an educational tour. Our cats are playful year round, so it’s always a good time to come watch them take a swim in their pools during the summer or pounce through the snow in the winter. Don’t forget to ask how you can Adopt-A-Cat to help keep them healthy and happy.
Many opportunities await you within 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 available.
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.
Have you ever made eye contact with a 750-pound tiger? You can at the National Tiger Sanctuary, where we strive to educate children and adults alike. National Tiger Sanctuary adopted five sibling tiger cubs in July 2001. The tigers serve as ambassadors for the environmental education programs we provide. To learn more, visit our website, or find us on Facebook: National Tiger Sanctuary. We are now located about 15 miles north of Branson, or 20 minutes south of Springfield, in Saddlebrooke. If you'd like to tour the facility, please call to verify hours of operation and admission rates. Tours last anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.
If you are using an online mapping tool or a GPS device, you may need to enter Chestnut Ridge in the "city search" to find our location.
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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