Alley was home, farm, and school for people who lived here a century ago. Dances, baseball games, and roller skating were all part of Alley’s busier days. John Knotts purchased the 80 acre site in 1902 and diversified the enterprises to include a well-stocked store and blacksmith shop.Learn More
Round Spring and Round Spring Cave
The Round Spring area is home to a family campground, a picnic area, a tour cave and the spring from which it takes its name. Round Spring was a Missouri State Park from 1932 until 1964 when the people of Missouri donated it to the National Park Service to become one of the star attractions of the new Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Like Alley and Big Spring, it was a gift from Missouri to the nation.Learn More
Storys Creek School
A visit to Storys Creek School on the grounds of the Alley Mill allows a glimpse of a time gone by. The little white, one room school house is an image of pioneer education near and dear to most Americans. It exemplifies a simpler time, a time when life was less stressful and education more effective. Unfortunately, like many such romantic images, the truth is both greater and less than our imaginings.Learn More
Big Spring is beautiful in any season, but the fall colors and the morning mist make for a lovely scene. Big Spring was one of Missouri's first state parks. It was a state park from 1924 until 1969 when the people of Missouri donated it, along with Alley and Round Spring State Parks to the National Park Service to become a part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. A gift from Missouri to America.Learn More
- See the 6th largest spring in Missouri with a discharge of 90 million gallons per day.
- Enjoy the scenic bluffs along the spring and spring run that support good spring wildflower displays.
- Gaze into the azure depths of Missouri’s deepest known spring (300 feet).
- Look for colorful warblers and kingfishers along the spring run and the Current River.
Few places in the Ozarks provide a glimpse of earth’s turbulent past as well as Rocky Falls. The reddish-brown rock you see here is rhyolite porphyry. It formed as molten rock deep within the earth and flowed onto the surface about 1.5 billion years ago. At the time, no living thing existed to see the awesome flow of glowing hot lava slowly advancing over the barren landscape.Learn More
Welch Spring and Hospital
The fifth largest spring in Missouri, Welch Spring emerges at the base of a dolomite hill and ends as it flows into the river over a rock impoundment. Over the years, Ozark springs have been used as campsites, power supplies for grist mills, tourist resorts and even hospitals.Learn More
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.Learn More
Pulltite Cabin Trail: 0.2 miles round trip. Located across the Current River from the Pulltite campground, this very short trail is accessible by boat (or wading if the river is low enough). From the river bank the trail circles around a fern and moss covered limestone bluff to Pulltite Spring and a log cabin that was constructed as a "retreat" by city folk who traveled to the Ozarks to "float the river" in the early 20th century.
Jam Up Cave
Jam Up cave can only be reached by water. It is on the Jacks Fork between Blue Spring and Rymers. Jam Up Cave is located on the Jacks Fork River between Rymers and Blue Spring. Jam Up is a spectacular cave, but can only be reached by boat. The high entrance is about 80 feet high and 100 feet wide. Much of the cave is filled with water, and there is a small underground waterfall. There is a natural skylight that provides some light to the inside.Learn More
- Golfing – Enjoy golfing on a 9-hole, par 36 golfing course which spans 2,758 yards.
- Missouri’s Wild Horses – One of only two wild horse herds in the Midwest.
- Canoeing – Canoe some of the most scenic rivers in the United States.
- Horseback Riding – The beautiful sights and sounds make Eminence the ideal place to ride your horse.
- Hiking – Hike the magnificent trails of the Ozarks while admiring nature.
- Fishing – Catch that trophy bass as you fish the pristine rivers in Eminence.
- Hunting – The wooded areas in Eminence make a great location for hunting.
- Bicycling – Prepare yourself for the ride of your life as you ride your mountain bike in the heart of the Ozarks.