Writers have had a lot to say about their experiences in our neck of the woods. Here are some of our favorite press articles that truly capture the spirit of the Missouri Ozarks.
"The Jacks Fork and the Current River are the heart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, America’s first river-based national park. The area also is home to the Mark Twain National Forest, which covers 1.5 million acres of wooded hills that glow in autumn colors each fall."
"Judge “Peg-Leg” Shannon would have a blast in this neck of the woods, assuming he wasn’t sick of rivers, caves, and general exploring. As a pup, this youngest member of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery had a propensity for getting lost. On one sojourn to round up the company’s stray pack of horses, he returned to the wrong part of the river and stayed lost for two weeks."
"A leader...is Missouri State Parks, which offers almost 1,000 miles of managed trails and 2,900 acres of motorized riding areas in 87 state parks and historic sites. Missouri State Parks has been recognized as one of America’s best state park systems as a finalist in the 2011 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Administration."
"The clear water is liquid light, and I’m scant inches above the gravel bottom, which is zipping by in magnified detail. I duck as a low-hanging sycamore branch tries to snatch my river hat. Around the bend, a deep emerald-tinged pool provides pause. I’m smiling ear to ear and I finally remember to breathe."
"One area in Missouri that has some of the most spectacular springs is the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. This stretches more than 130 miles by river, taking in portions of both the Jacks Fork and Current rivers. Along the way, numerous springs flow into these rivers, adding to their volume and creating points of interest."