Ozark National Scenic Riverways
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Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the nation's first national park protecting a river system. The 80,000 acre park in southern Missouri encompasses two of the nation's clearest spring-fed rivers: the Current River and its major tributary, the Jacks Fork River. Both rivers provide 134 miles of clear, free-flowing, spring-fed water. As such they are very popular for floating, canoeing, fishing, swimming and camping. %0A%0AThe park has one of the highest densities of caves in any national park. Springs and caves number more than 300 each in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Freshwater springs include Cave Spring, Pulltite Spring, Welch Spring, Round Spring, Alley Spring, Cave Spring, Blue Spring (located in the Mo. Department of Conservation Blue Spring Natural Area) and Big Spring. One popular cave is Round Spring Cave which the National Park Service gives tours for visitors. Other natural sites include Devil’s Well and Rocky Falls. Ozark National Scenic Riverways is also know for its historic and cultural sites such as Alley Mill, Akers Ferry, and Klepzig Mill. The park is also a popular area for camping and hiking. A portion of the Ozark Trail passes through the park.%0A%0AOver 112 species of fish, 196 species of birds, and 58 species of mammals make their home in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Also, in the park are 25 species of snakes, including four venomous species.%0A%0ANearby towns to the Ozark National Scenic Riverways include Eminence and Van Buren, the park’s headquarters.