Gorgeous quiet area by the river. Great easy hiking. We stayed at group camp and it was just my husband, me and our dog.
Big Spring, Ozark National Scenic River is one of many springs to visit in this area.
The river is very well used by the party crowd, several of the rocky sand bars are occupied by RV group sites playing loud music and obvious alcoholic beverage consumption. I’m not against a good time but the trash they leave and their obvious disregard for the preservation of natural sites is not conducive the the purpose of the conservation effort. It is still possible to enjoy the area and there are places to get away from the crowd.
In 2017 the area had a major flood and renovations are slow. There are porta pots in some of the campgrounds and the showerhouse is in bad shape. There are three campground areas and a group site near the spring. They have a grill, fire ring and lantern pole. The sites are good sized and depending on which site your in you will have shade and privacy. Several are near short trails to the river. Some of the trails are still closed and other areas may never open back up.
We waded with water shoes on and hiked to several locations. I think I will come back in the colder months when the flow of tourist has lessened and the sites are less traveled.
It is a destination location. There is a nice little collection of stores in the area. With a coffee shop and apparel store to name a few. That area is frequented by the equestrian crowd but everyone is welcome.
We drove through Eminence, Missouri several times. It is one of the main intersections to the different areas. There are two restaurants, sit down and drive up plus a Sinclair for fuel.
Bring your water craft and keep your tank on full there is a lot to see in the area with a few miles in between.
Great place to have a picnic lunch and watch the spring bubble up.
The water here comes from a spring so it is extremely clear and COLD! You can walk up right on top of where the spring comes out! But no swimming! Current is crazy fast!