The rolling, forested landscape around Alley Spring is where two of America's most beautiful spring-fed rivers combine to make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
As the first national park area to protect a wild river system, visitors are able to enjoy various water activities as well as hiking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.
Canoeing, tubing, swimming and fishing are popular activities on the vast waterways in the region, with over 130 miles of water trails. Canoe and kayak rentals and outfitters can be found nearby.
A short walk from the campground leads to a popular swimming area on the Jacks Fork River, a crystal clear and spring fed waterway that's cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.
Several interpretive trails with educational exhibits meander nearby. Other hiking trails include the Alley Overlook Trail, Chubb Hollow Trail, Ozark Trail, Cave Spring Trail and Big Springs Trail.
Open year-round, this campground has flush toilets and shower facilities available April 15 through October 15. Roads and parking spurs are paved.
Ranger-led campfire programs are offered in the campground amphitheater during the summer months.
Known for its caves, springs, sinkholes and losing streams, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways has over 300 identified caves within its boundaries. They range in size from a rock overhang to almost seven miles of identified passages. Eight caves, including an open sinkhole, have been designated as outstanding natural features.
The Ozark forest is mostly White oak and Shortleaf pine, Missouri's only native pine species. Along the rivers, Sycamore, Cottonwood, River birch and maples are common. Redbud and Dogwood are abundant, putting on a spectacular show during most spring months.
Historic and picturesque Alley Mill and the scenic Alley Spring are nearby. The mill is open daily in the summer and rangers offer tours upon request. Pretty Round Spring is close to the campground as well.
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Alley Springs is one of several NPS campgrounds along the Ozark National Scenic River. The campground is located on the Jack’s Fork River, which is popular for swimming and canoeing and tubing. There are over 150 sites, and several group sites. The campground has a shower house, restrooms, RV dump station, electric and water hookups, picnic tables and fire rings. The Ozark Trail runs through the park. Roads are paved, but campground sites are gravel. There are Ranger-led campfire programs in the summer months.
It is a large, yet quiet campground. They have 1 loop with electricity, so it can be hard to get a site in that area. There are lots of trees and the river is close by. New bathrooms after the flood are super nice. My kids love being able to ride their bikes all over :)
Fantastic campground. Had all porta potties. Bathrooms were being rebuilt over half were done. Float trip start point for one company. Great water and amazing water. Red wheelhouse on campus is breathtaking. A must visit in Missouri.
Showers and bathrooms are new and clean! They are open year round. Trailer sites can either be too close together or perfect. You just need to make sure you pick the right site. Alley Spring is beautiful.
Alley Spring near Eminence, in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways of MO is in my opinion one of the best areas in this region.
There was a flood in 2017 which is a good and bad thing. Unfortunately MO has cut funding to the parks so prior to the flood the maintenance had dropped off considerably, many facilities had been closed and are no longer used due to the neglect. Since the flood there has been and is a lot of renovations going on. It’s not there yet. Some areas are still closed.
Alley Spring is somewhere in the midst of renovation. Still excellent area to camp in with mostly private sites. There are a few that aren’t so great but if you reserve ahead and stay out of the inner area you should be pretty happy with your location.
The nearby rental place for the river will come to you for pickup, there are some nice trails to explore and supposedly wild horses in the area. I’ve not seen them yet.
The spring is beautiful! Tranquility comes to mind when you see it. The trail that climbs above the spring to the overlook is moderate and unfortunately the overlook itself is damaged so you don’t get quite the same view as before. The trail also meanders around the mill and spring, if your lucky you will see the adorable muskrat that resides in the area.
There are pavilions for get together sand a small store with interesting things to see and a cold drink at the end of your journey.
this is a very nice campground. there are several options to chose from such as camping in tents with no electric needed or there are spors that offer electric. there are toilets in each area and there is one set of showers (around 6) that are nice and new. the showers are hot and they are free to use. the campgound starts prices at $16 for a night without electric and around $19 for electric. the park is nice and the park host seem to be helpful when needed. there is a grill/place for a camp fire amd picnic table in each designated camping spot. its close to the Jacks Fork river and close to a canoe rental. town is about 7 miles away and it has several different mom and pop resturants along with gas stations and other canoe rental places.
This campground is very large thus always having availability for tent camping! They have ranger presentations on weekend evenings about the local wildlife and rivers and springs-Jacks Fork & Current River that are very informative! Great place to bring family and an equally reasonable price!! Offers group camping too! Harvey Kayak and Canoe rentals is right around the corner and will pick you up right at your campsite! I highly recommend this campground. They also have RV hookups and a private beach!
Tranquil, peaceful, quiet. I could stay at Alley forever. Beautiful spot.
They suffered a flood in 2017 that reeked havoc on the camp sites. They have rebuilt so much of it now and it's back to better than ever! They have group sites, family sights, electric hook ups and it's all located on the beautiful national scenic riverway!
Also the historic mill is beautiful right at the spring! My family has been camping and floating the Jack's fork river for over 35 years and it's a must visit every summer and also in the fall to see the leaves change. AND if you get lucky you might even get a glimpse at the herd of wild horses!
Beautiful absolutely beautiful!! The old mill, the spring, the caves, wild horses need I say more