Ozark National Scenic Riverways


Two wild rivers, the Current and the Jacks Fork, wind through 80,000 acres of raw Ozark beauty in this area managed by the National Park Service. There are myriad natural pursuits here, with canoeing being a top activity along with river floating. Numerous natural springs feed the river, the most famous being Big Spring. Hiking is popular, especially along the Ozark Trail, which runs for more than 350 miles in 13 sections.

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1. Big Spring

3.59 MILES

The number is incomprehensible: 286 million gallons a day flows from this aptly named spring. The resulting pool feels more like a mysterious Game of…