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Our annual Thanksgiving Trail Ride at Coldwater Ranch will begin Wednesday, November 26 with dinner, and end Sunday November 30 with breakfast. We will ride daily, feast often, and enjoy visiting with our guests.
Interested in the primitive? Come to Twin Pines Conservation Education Center for a three-day workshop and build a longbow from a wooden-stave, complete with handmade string. Materials will be provided. We will send a list of tools that will be needed upon registration.
The workshop starts Thursday, with lessons on the history and making of a longbow. Friday, you start constructing the bow. Complete the bow on Saturday.
Some woodworking skill is helpful. You must attend all three sessions. Limited to 15 participants, ages 15 and older. Please call for details and to register.
Wildwood Springs Lodge welcomes the New Riders of the Purple Sage to their Wildwood Concert Series, Sep. 29, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
The New Riders of the Purple sage, signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, released its eponymous first album in September 1971 to widespread acclaim. In the next 11 years the band toured and released over 12 albums, selling over 4 million records.
NRPS began as a part-time spin-off from the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia (pedal steel guitar), Phil Lesh (bass) and Mickey Hart (drums) teamed up with John Dawson (guitar, vocals) and David Nelson (guitar). Although early live appearances were viewed as an informal warm-up to the main attraction, the group quickly established an independent identity through the strength of Dawson's original songs.
By 1970 Dave Torbert had replaced Lesh, and Spencer Dryden, formerly of Jefferson Airplane, had joined as the group's permanent drummer. Garcia remained in both The Dead and The New Riders until he found himself overcommitted, at which time Buddy Cage replaced him and the classic NRPS lineup was born.
This is the last two-car ferry operating in Missouri. The ferry takes you across the Current River on Route K at Akers. The ferry is operated by Akers Ferry Canoe Rental. The fee is $4 per car or $5 for a vehicle and trailer.
Contact for special rates for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Camping, RV sites and cabins available. Facilities include pool, dining, general store, hot showers, modern restrooms and electric hook-ups. Canoe, kayak, inner tube and small raft rental and floating on the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers.
Canoe, kayak, inner tube and small raft floats. Facilities include pool, dining, general store, hot showers, modern restrooms and electric hook-ups. Camping, RV sites and cabins available. You can cross the Current River on the ferry. Located in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, 21 miles south of Salem, off Route 19, at the junction of Routes K and KK.
In 1894, this roller mill and one-room schoolhouse was the focal point of the Alley Spring community.
Park rangers in period costume show you how the mill worked, and how school was taught in the one-room schoolhouse. A variety of historic programs are offered.
Open June thru August.
NOTE: Alley Mill will be closed or access limited much of the summer in 2014 for restoration work. Check the website or call for details.
Family campground with 162 spaces beside the Jacks Fork River. Some sites with electricity and water. Two blocks to Alley Mill and the one-room schoolhouse. Park rangers lead hikes and campfire programs during the summer. Group rates offered. Reservations at Recreation.gov.
This rugged forest and old fields area has a hiking trail and 25 miles of field roads open to horseback riders. It also offers access to the Jacks Fork and Current rivers. The 39,325-acre area is north of Eminence and extends 15 miles west to near Summersville. It can be accessed by Routes 19 and 106, or Route D.
We serve some of the best burgers this side of the Current River, fries, mushrooms, and pizza. With a seven day advanced notice, we will prepare a meal from your special event. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Our cabins are fully equipped, bring your food and charcoal. Bar open Friday and Saturday night. Tent and RV camping, plenty of shade trees, hot showers and toilets. Horseback trail rides and off-road, four-wheeling park within seven miles. We are located 1.5 miles from the Current River.
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.
The stone and wood lodge was built in the 1930s. Food is served in a beautiful stone dining room, overlooking Big Spring and the Current River. Big Spring is one of America's largest springs.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast, a quick lunch and a relaxing supper.
There are 14 rustic cabins for rent on-site.
Family-friendly camping with large RV sites with 30/50-amp electric, water and sewer; swimming beaches, free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Tent sites are available.
The air-conditioned recreation room includes video games, pool tables, board games, a laundry room, a convenience store, firewood, ice and a bathhouse. There is a shaded upper deck overlooking the Current River.
River cabins are available; they have cable TV, central air, complete kitchens, two grills, fire pits and covered porches with tables and chairs.
Located on the banks of the Current River, one-quarter mile south of Van Buren. Tube rentals and float trips available.
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.
This is a 1930s village, including: Bo's Conoco, a fully functional service station; the feed and hardware store; Granny's barbecue and jerky; gift shop; post office; telegraph Office; barber shop; hoosegow; outhouse; and the Lost Cause Mine.
Walk through the village at your own pace. Ride in a Model A Ford; see a ram pump in action; pump water from the well; see a working windmill; shell and grind corn; feed the chickens. Pet the donkeys. In the restoration barn, see the memorabilia room and see a Model A being restored. Reservations needed for restoration barn.
Ellena will pack your lunch. Uncle Bones will put it in the Model A Bus and drive you to Ashley Creek to eat lunch at the picnic tables; then he will pick you up in thirty minutes to continue your ride. There is a fee for rides and restoration barn. Bo's Hollow is two miles south of Montauk State Park on County Road 6630-6633. A $5 purchase required.
Built in 1907 as the Bunker Union Church, the museum houses items, photos and memorabilia concerning the town of Bunker, the Bunker Culler Lumber Company, and the timber industry.
If you will be in town other than during our normal hours, please call and we will try to accommodate you.
We offer a country, rural setting in the Ozark forested hills. All 76 sites have cable TV (61 channels). Facilities include: level sites with room for your slide-outs and tows; a propane station; laundry facilities. Daily, weekly and extended stay rates. We have camping with convenience in mind.
Come enjoy the area and make us a convenient overnight stop. Food and car rental deliver to sites. Visit our website for more information and photos.
Some restrictions of pet breeds.
Experience fun and adventure in southeast Missouri. We offer lots of fun, including, among other activities: delving into the mysterious underground realm of Current River Cavern; flying through the trees at high speed on our zipline courses; gem and fossil panning; a quarry dig; a mineral and fossil museum; a nature center.
Open May-September. Check our website for details, schedules and prices.
Facilities includes: 50 RV hook-ups; 60 tent sites; 26 cabins (some riverfront); a small general store; laundry facilities; and a shower house.
Great beach area.
Canoes, rafts, kayaks, and tubes are available for rent. On the banks of the Jacks Fork River. Open April-October.
Rent one of our cabins and combine a trail ride with canoeing for a great family vacation. Ride our horses or bring your own. Meals can be provided.
In the fall, we offer lodging, meals, and maps to some of the area's best deer hunting spots. We are near hundreds of acres of conservation land. Shannon County consistently has one of the highest numbers of deer kills for the state.
Call for more info or see our website for schedules, details and location.
A 65-unit hotel with interior corridors, free local calls and free hot breakfast featuring pancakes, biscuits and gravy and our famous cinnamon rolls.
A 1,000-acre ranch, one mile from the Jacks Fork River and Alley Spring Mill; five miles from the Current River.
We offer unique lodging adventures, including our tree retreat; sheepherder's wagon; log cabins; the old red barn; and modern ranch houses for groups.
There is a museum of horse-drawn equipment and farm primitives; a three-acre lake; two miles of running streams; a nature trails; and recreation center. Most outside activities are free.
We have self-guided ranch tours; a small-animal area; camping; horseback riding; labyrinth; hayrides; and a four-level overlook deck. Our air-conditioned main hall is available for private events.
Come visit Crystal Creek Ranch, a thousand-acre ranch, one mile from the Jacks Fork River and Alley Spring Mill; five miles from the Current River.
We offer unique lodging adventures, from a secluded tree retreat to an air-conditioned sheepherder's wagon to lake side log cabin. Restroom and showers for these accommodations are at the main hall.
The Old Red Barn, originally a milking barn for cows, was redone from the walls inward and offers two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a full bath and sleeps up to six.
And the Overlook Ranch House and Cabin Ridge House offer all the modern comforts in our peaceful, rustic setting.
There is a museum of horse-drawn equipment and farm primitives; a three-acre lake; and two miles of running streams. Most outside activities are free.
We have self-guided ranch tours; a small-animal area; walking trails; camping; RV; horseback riding; hayrides; nature trail; horse trails; labyrinth; a four-level overlook deck; and recreation center. Our air-conditioned main hall is available for private events.
At Crystal Creek Equine Center, we’re proud to offer guided horseback rides and riding lessons, including a therapeutic riding program. Bring your own horse and stay at Crystal Creek Ranch. We have over ten miles of trails on the ranch and connecting trails to Horse Camp on the Jack's Fork River, Angeline Trail Head, and Ozark National Scenic Riverways Trail System.
We have a limited number of rental horses for guided trail rides around the ranch and for private horsemanship lessons.
We offer a variety of unique lodging adventures for your stay. We have self-guided ranch tours; a small-animal area, walking trails, horse trails, camping, labyrinth, recreation center, and a four-level overlook deck. Our air-conditioned main hall is available for private events.
Current River Cavern is an extremely well-decorated cave with a wide variety of natural formations. A natural stream flows beneath the boardwalk, and a small waterfall can be seen from a side passage after heavy rains. The temperature inside is a constant 58 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
We use remote-controlled, battery powered LED lights that give off a restricted light spectrum that does not disturb the cave life or promote algae growth (which can damage formations).
The last tour starts at 4:30 p.m. Guided 40 minute tours, include the on-site Mineral and Fossil Museum and Nature Center. The tour ends with a climb of 36 steps back to the surface.
Cave Spring Park offers a number of activities, including multiple ziplines, gem and fossil panning, or a quarry dig.
Cave tours: $12. Group discounts offered for school, church and Scout field trips.
Visit our website for details.
Open May thru September.
This is a predominantly forest area. Facilities/features include: a picnic area, fishing jetties, Buford Pond (three acres, fishable), Blue Springs Natural Area (17 acres), Cardareva Bluff Natural Area (95 aces), and a permanent stream (Current River). The main tract of the Current River Conservation Area is three miles west of Ellington on Route 106. There are three entrances: one is located three miles west of Ellington on Route 106; another is located on South Road in Ellington; the other is located on Reynolds County Road 626.
Seasonal lodging, April-Nov. 15. Rooms with two double-beds or one king-size bed; free local calls; and electronic door locks. Restaurants and a laundromat are adjacent to the property. We work with area float outfitters to help you with your river recreation plans. Located one mile from Current River access points; 20 minutes from Forest Service parks and prime hunting.
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