Press about Area Attractions

Missouri Department of Conservation Magazine

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.

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    The Lure of the Open Road…

    "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."

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    Seven Wonders of Shannon County

    "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."

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    2013 Best Trails State Award

    "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."

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    Passing paddler’s comment captures essence…

    "Our last stop, the Bluff View access on the Jacks Fork River, was more out of the way. After driving a few miles down a gravel road, we found the bluff view. Two kayakers passed, and we heard an echoing voice say, 'I love the peacefulness.' "

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    To Heaven and Back on the Upper Jacks Fork

    "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."

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  • Missouris Springs Are Geologic Wondersx

    Missouri’s springs are geologic wonders

    "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."

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    Missouri Ozark Fall Mill Tour

    "Falling Water Spring has always been the one location to me personally that has been “the one that got away.” I can remember seeing photographs of the mill when I was young and was instantly inspired to go check it out and photograph this classic Ozark mill."

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