Spring-fed and gentle, the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork rivers wind serenely through the forests and fields of southern Missouri. When the Army Corps of Engineers proposed damming the Current River in 1949, public outcry was so great that the federal government stepped in to save this stream and it's tributary, Jacks Fork. In 1964, four years before the Wild and Scenic River Act went into effect, 134 miles of the Current and Jacks Fork were brought under the protection of the National Park Service as Ozark National Scenic Riverway.
You will vacation in the heart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The sunlight sparkles on the flowing waters of the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers as they hurry along. Ninety-five species of fish inhabit the two rivers. Thirty-nine species of rare and endangered plants are found along the waterways. You could spend a month and not see all of it:
- Cave Spring is an underground lake bigger than a football field.
- Big Spring is the largest freshwater spring in the US. It flows out of the side of a bluff with enough water to fill every bathtub in Missouri.
- Alley Spring, with its beautiful turquoise water, also has a 100 year old grist mill which you can tour.
- Round Spring Cave and Caverns offers tours conducted by a park naturalist.
This plus so much more awaits you. Watch for our herd of wild horses, get your feet wet at Rocky Falls and spend time discovering the history of the Ozarks; it started 380 million years ago. Visit a trout farm. Fish for rainbow and brown trout in trophy water at Montauk. Explore a sanitorium that was built in 1937 to cure hay fever with its cool, pollen free air issuing from Welch Cave. You have 130 miles, 80,000 acres of park to experience.
In your cottage you will find a detailed auto tour guide with suggestions for 10 days of sightseeing and activities.
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways has two herds of beautiful Wild Horses. They wander free in its grass lands. The wild horses were domestic horses at the turn of the century. They were used for logging and farming. The logging end when the forests were cut done. The farming then started. The clay and rocky soil in the Ozark Hills was not fertile enough to sustain the families who stayed after the logging companies left the area. Numbers of these families moved on to land which was fertile. They left the horses they no longer needed behind to fend for themselves. They have run free for 80 to 100 years.
Our guests see the Wild Horses in different locations. They can be seen from your canoe crossing the Current River. Sometimes they are seen by car feeding in the grassy meadows.
The Wild Horses have been protected by Federal laws and are now a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways due to the members of the Wild Horse League which is made up of people like yourselves from all states in the US. These are the only Wild Horse herds in the Midwest.