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The junction of the Current and Jacks Fork at Two Rivers

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More Than Just the Rivers....

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system. The Current and Jacks Fork Rivers are two of the finest floating rivers you'll find anywhere. Spring-fed, cold and clear they are a delight to canoe, swim, boat or fish. Besides these two famous rivers, the park is home to hundreds of freshwater springs, caves, trails and historic sites such as Alley Mill.



Currently OPEN: Alley Mill Visit the scenic Alley Mill for a look at the life of yesteryear.

Located on Missouri Route 106, six miles west of Eminence, Missouri.

Informal tours of the building are held anytime by request. Rangers are available to provide information about the park, the Ozark area, history and nature.

Special Programs: Schools can arrange to visit anytime of year by calling 573-226-3945.


The Alley Mill was built in 1894. Much of the original milling equipment is still in place. Exhibits explain the life and culture of the Ozarks.

Available Facilities:

Exhibits, book and postcard sales, free literature, park information. No restrooms in the Mill. Campground, canoe rental and river access nearby.

Storys Creek One Room Schoolhouse

Located within walking distance of Alley Mill, six miles west of Eminence, Missouri on State Route 106. Open on summer weekends. Grounds always open, but access into the school is limited.

Special Programs: Schools can arrange to visit anytime of year by calling 573-226-3945.

Exhibits: Traditional one room school. See how the "three R's" were taught in the Ozarks and throughout rural America until recently.

Currently OPEN: Alley Old Store Visitor Center Open by chance or appointment during the winter months, open daily in summer.

Located on the approach road to the Disabled Parking Area 100 yards north of the main Alley Mill parking lot. Within walking distance of the Mill and the Storeys Creek School. (if walking, it is behind the school and up the hill.)

Open daily during the summer, may be closed mid-day for lunch.

Exhibits recall the furnishings of a late 19th Century Ozarks country store.
Available Facilities: Sales area, park information, Restroom.

Currently CLOSED: Round Spring Visitor Center and Cave
Phone: 573-323-8093
Located at the entrance to the Round Spring Campground, 15 miles north of Eminence on State Route 19.

Open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm during the summer months. The rest of the year it is open when the ranger is in, no set hours. Small exhibit area featuring displays about caves, karst geology and the fauna of caves, including bats.

Tickets for tours of the Round Spring Cave are available 30 minutes before each tour during summer months. Tours are held daily at 10:00, 12:00 and 2:00. Reservations are not accepted and group size is limited. Tours are held Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Available Facilities:

Small exhibit area featuring displays about caves, karst geology and the fauna of caves, including bats. Park information, brochures, restroom etc. Campground, canoe rental and river access nearby.

Currently OPEN: Akers Visitor Center: Open Saturdays and Sundays 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Memorial Day- Labor Day)

Currently OPEN: Pulltite Visitor Center: The Pulltite Visitor Center is open irregular hours on summer weekends. Visitors can get park information, borrow a fishing pole or binoculars, and children may borrow books from our extensive kid's nature library. There is an outdoor "Free Children's Library" at Pulltite that is open year round, working on the honor system.

Currently OPEN: Watercress Headquarters (Van Buren)

Open weekdays all year 8:00 - 4:30, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and other Federal holidays.. Phone: 573-323-4236, ext 0

Located at 404 Watercress Drive in Van Buren, Missouri. Directly across the street from the Van Buren High School. This is just east of town on Main Street, also known as "Old Route 60."

Exhibits on the resources and history of the Ozarks. Informational brochures and sales items such as books, videos, postcards, etc are available.

Open year round.

Available Facilities:

Information, restrooms, book sales, trail. Forest Service campground and river access nearby at Watercress Park.

Last updated: September 5, 2022

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P.O. Box 490
Van Buren , MO 63965


573 323-4236

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