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The Real Ozarks Escape. Unwind. Discover the beauty of the Ozark hills.

About the cover This year’s cover photo was taken near Pontiac Cove Marina on Bull Shoals Lake by Jabet Morgan Wade, who manages the marina, campground and resort at Pontiac.

photo by Lonnie Schmidt

what’s inside 7 9 GETTING HERE

Driving directions to Ozark County


Caney Mountain, page 10 Glade Top Trail, page 12 Bateman Ranch, page 13 North Fork Rec. Area, page 14 Rippee Cons. Area, page 16 Noblett Lake, page 17 Hercules Glade, page 18 Pigeon Creek Trails, page 19 Trail map and info, page 20

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RIVER FUN & FISHING North Fork of the White, page 25 Bryant Creek, page 33

LAKE FUN & FISHING Bull Shoals Lake, page 40 Norfork Lake, page 42

HISTORIC MILLS Grist mills tell tales of the past

CAMPING Pitch a tent or park the RV

GOLFING Take to the tee on Bull Shoals Lake

DINING From fine dining to unique eats

HUNTING Whitetail deer and turkey hunting

HOOTIN AN HOLLARIN Our fall festival of hillbilly heritage

SCENIC DRIVES Spectacular drives in the Ozarks

CHURCH DIRECTORY Information on area churches

ADVERTISER INDEX Looking for a business in the area? Check out our advertiser index.

Theodosia resident Connie Smiley snapped this photo of a lone fisherman casting a line into Bull Shoals Lake early on an autumn morning.

getting here Ozark County, Missouri, is nestled amid the hills, rivers and lakes near the center of the Missouri-Arkansas line. This scenic, secluded corner of the Ozarks is far away from rush-hour traffic and big-city hubbub – but easy to get to if you know the way. Come visit!

driving directions Directions are to Gainesville, the county seat of Ozark County.

From Branson

Head east on Highway 76 for 14 miles to Highway 160. Then turn east (right) and continue for 45 miles to Gainesville.

From Kansas City

Take US 71 south to MO 7 south to Clinton. From Clinton, take MO 13 south to Springfield. Then take I-44 east to US 65 south. Take US 60 east to Mansfield, and then take MO 5 south to Gainesville.

From Springfield

Disregard what your GPS may suggest! Here’s the route locals take: Head east on Highway 60 to Mansfield (45 miles). Turn south onto Highway 5 toward Mansfield/Ava and then continue south for another 45 miles to Gainesville.

From St. Louis Take I-44 west to Rolla. Then take US Highway 63 south to West Plains. From there, take US Highway 160 west to Gainesville. The Real Ozarks magazine is published by:


Ozark County

504 Third Street; PO Box 188; Gainesville, MO 65655 Phone: 417-679-4641; Norene Prososki..........................................................publisher Sue Ann Jones .................................................................editor Jessi Dreckman..............................................reporter/designer Jenny Yarger..............................................advertising manager Onnica Hutchings designer


Attribution Much of the fishing, hiking, river, lake and hunting information in this volume is adapted from information available on the Missouri Department of Conservation, Mark Twain National Forest and US Army Corps of Engineers websites.

photo by Connie Smiley

closest airports Springfield-Branson National Airport- (SGF)

92 miles from Gainesville 2300 N. Airport Blvd., Springfield, MO 65802 417-868-0500 Branson Airport - (BKG)

68 miles from Gainesville 130 Wright Brothers Rd., Hollister, MO 65672 417-334-8234

distances from larger cities Distances are to Gainesville, the seat of Ozark County.

Mountain Home, Ark........... 26 miles, 33 minutes Ava, MO................................... 30 miles, 34 minutes West Plains, MO.................... 39 miles, 50 minutes Branson, MO............................ 60 miles, 1.2 hours Springfield, MO....................... 84 miles, 1.5 hours Rolla, MO................................ 118 miles, 2.2 hours Fayetteville, Ark........................143 miles, 3 hours Jefferson City, MO................... 174 miles, 3 hours Little Rock, Ark...................... 173 miles, 3.5 hours Memphis, Tenn.....................206 miles, 3.75 hours St. Louis, MO............................. 225 miles, 4 hours Kansas City, MO........................250 miles, 4 hours


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8 In the map above, Ozark County, Missouri, is shaded in red. The Missouri - Arkansas border is located directly below Ozark County indicated by the dashed grey line.


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hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATV riding, camping, picnic, scenery drive

#3 - BATEMAN RANCH/TRAIL AREA, page 13 hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, horseback riding


hiking, backpacking, swimming, camping, picnic, canoeing, fishing


camping, hunting, picnic, bird watching, canoeing/floating, fishing

#6 - NOBLETT LAKE, page 17 This photo of a whitetail fawn was taken by Hardenville resident Austin Thompson in an Ozark County field one spring day. Tucked away in hidden spots, fawns and other baby animals can sometimes be spotted throughout the area during the spring months. Please enjoy – but don’t disturb them!


hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, canoeing

#7 - HERCULES GLADE WILDERNESS, page 18 hiking, backpacking, horseback riding

#8 - PIGEON CREEK TRAIL SYSTEM, page 19 hiking, biking, picnic area, boating


This photo of Noble resident Albert Scott, taken by his wife, Shiela, shows the platform at the archery range at Caney Mountain Conservation Area. Archers can use the platform to shoot several different field targets at the range, which is accessed from the southeast entrance of Caney Mountain off Highway 181.


Nearly 8,000 acres of public land includes high-quality forest, woodland and glades providing opportunities for recreation, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, hunting, camping and more. OWNER: Missouri Department of Conservation ACREAGE: 7,899 acres including 1,300 of wildlife refuge CONTACT: MDC regional office, 417-256-7161

GPS COORDINATES: 36.58568° N, 91.14006° W HOURS: Open 30 min. before sunrise to 30 min. after sunset WEB:

TAKE A HIKE: Two designated hiking trails weave through the center wildlife refuge section of Caney Mountain Conservation Area. The Spout Spring Trail (more details on this hike can be found on page 20) is an easy 1.5 miles out-and-back trail that passes through a variety of surroundings and runs along a creek, giving a glimpse of Spout Spring near the end. The Long Bald Nature Trail is a half-mile loop through glade country. Dozens of other unnamed multi-use trails, gravel roads and forestry roads run throughout the acreage and can be used by the public for hiking, bicycling or horseback riding. Free maps are available at the entry of the Conservation Area if accessed from Highway 181 or can be viewed at nature.mdc. TAKE YOUR CREEK SHOES: Get your toes wet, look for crayfish or just enjoy the sound of natural water surrounding you in Caney Mountain Conservation Area’s water features. The area PAGE 10

includes 112 intermittent streams including the 3-mile-long Caney Creek, the Spout Spring and over 40 fishless ponds. WILDLIFE VIEWING: This conservation area helped nurture the rebirth of the eastern wild turkey after the state’s population dropped to fewer than 2,500 birds. Today wild turkeys flourish here, as do whitetail deer, squirrel, birds and many other native species. Bald eagle sightings are common, especially during the winter. Two wheelchair-accessible wildlife viewing blinds, placed on the edges of managed food plots, provide a good opportunity for visitors to spot wildlife and take photos. Find the viewing blinds on the MDC website “area map.” HAPPY CAMPERS: Pitch a tent or bring an RV to camp at one of the many campsites within the park. Each of the three zones has a campsite area that includes privies, fire rings and picnic tables. THE REAL OZARKS MAGAZINE

TWO PARTS PUBLIC HUNTING, ONE PART WILDLIFE REFUGE: Caney Mountain Conservation Area is separated into three zones, and two of them – Zone 3 on the north end and Zone 2 on the south end – are open to public hunting. Hunting is prohibited in the center (Zone 1) “natural area,” except for an “alternative methods” managed hunt and an archery managed hunt (see below). MANAGED HUNTS: Zone 1, in the center of the Caney Mouuntain Conservation Area, is considered the natural area or wildlife refuge. This 1,100-acre section is closed to public hunting all year with the exception of two managed hunts one for “alternative method” hunters and one for archers. Participants are selected for the managed hunts in a lottery drawing, with applications submitted beginning in June. The alternative methods managed hunt, held two days in October, includes 200 hunters. The archery managed hunt, held in December, includes 100 hunters. For more information, visit SIGHTING IT IN: Area residents can sight in weaponry at one of the three ranges at Caney Mountain Conserva-

tion Area. The archery range features a static range as well as field targets with a tree-stand platform available for use (see photo page 10). The rifle and handgun range features target distances of 25-100 yards, and a range restricted to muzzleloaders includes two stations with 50- and 100-yard distances. CAVING TO YOUR SURROUNDINGS: Spelunkers can check out the “wild” caves at Caney Mountain Conservation Area, including the Davis Cave near the entrance off Highway 181. See the website map for icons indicating where the caves can be found. JOIN A BUNCH OF IDIOTS: Each March, hundreds of runners gather at the north entrance of the conservation area’s Zone 2 for the annual “Skunk Run” organized by the Idiots Running Club, an online running club focused on not taking running – or life – too seriously. The goal of the event, dubbed the “biggest non-event in all of running,” is to have fun on the trails, and the rules are simple: run as much, or as little, as you want in eight hours. Visit for more information or search for them on Facebook.

GETTING THERE Zone 1: From Gainesville, take Highway 181 north 5 miles. Turn left onto Headquarters Road, the graveled entrance to the conservation area. Zone 2: From Gainesville, take Highway 5 north 2 miles. Turn right onto County Road 107 and continue for a half-mile. Zone 3: From Gainesville, take Highway 5 north 10 miles. Turn right onto Highway Y and drive 3 miles, then turn right onto County Road 116. Continue until you reach the entrance.

Photo, left: Two scenic overlooks give visitors long, sweeping views of the rugged countryside as shown in this autumn photo taken by local resident Austin Thompson. The overlook areas can be found off the main trail and feature picnic tables and fire rings for visitors to use and enjoy. Photo, center: The Leopold Cabin is named for A. Starker Leopold (son of Aldo Leopold, the pioneer of modern wildlife conservation), who prepared the first wildlife management plan at Caney Mountain. Photo, right: The conservation area is also utilized by the local schools for a variety of learning opportunities. Here, Lutie School students take part in an “ecology day” at Caney Mountain in November 2016.



The Glade Top Trail, one of Missouri’s three National Scenic Byways, runs through Mark Twain National Forest. Driving the trail is especially popular with those looking for beautiful fall foliage, as shown in this photo taken by Dora resident Amy Spencer.


OWNER: Mark Twain National Forest, US Forest Service LENGTH: 23 miles CONTACT: Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District District Ranger Joe Koloski, 417-683-4428

ONE OF A KIND: The Glade Top Trail is one of only three National Forest Scenic Byways in Missouri. The 23-mile two-lane, all-weather gravel road weaves along narrow ridgetops 500 feet above the surrounding rolling countryside. Considered one of the most scenic locations in Missouri, the Glade Top Trail cuts through the Mark Twain National Forest and borders the Hercules Glade Wilderness Area. Little has changed from the original road constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s. SEE FOR MILES: Seven overlook pull-off locations provide visitors with panoramic views of the Ozarks that reach 20 miles northwest to the Springfield Plateau and 40 miles south to the Boston Mountains in Arkansas. UNIQUE LANDSCAPE AND SPECIES: Missouri has some of the greatest abundance and diversity of glades in the United States, and Glade Top Trail lies within the heart of some of the best remaining examples of this unique natural landscape. Also known as barrens or knobs, glades consist of areas of thin soil with relatively large amounts of exposed bedrock, and they’re dominated by herbaceous vegetation. Plants growing within glades must be able to endure extreme drought and heat in summer months, but at other times of the year must withstand large amounts of frost upheaval of the thin soils and periods of inundation when rain and melting snows cannot percolate quickly through the ground. The glades provide habitat for some species not generally found

GPS COORDINATES: Latitude: 36.75° N, Longitude: 92.76° W OPEN: Year round; quiet hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. MAP:

in the Ozarks, including the roadrunner as well as the Bachman sparrow, a state endangered species PICNIC AREA AND POINTS OF INTEREST: Near the center of the trail, the Caney picnic area offers a remarkable view, picnic tables and a vault toilet. Other notable areas include Hayden Bald, with a picnic table and parking area, and Smoke Tree scenic overlook, providing a pull-off with a bench to sit on and take in the view. The Corbitt Potter is good for dispersed camping (allowed along the trail). The Arkansas View site offers a picnic table adn spectacular views south. Watershed Divide offers a photo opportunity of a vast area of countryside. Willie Lee is another nice camping spot. Wolf Junction has a picnic table, and Big Creek Basin offers an impressive view. Close to the Glade Top Trail on the southwest side, trails are available for hikers, equestrians and dispersed campers. A vault toilet is present at the Hercules Tower Trail head. FLAMING FALL REVUE FESTIVAL: Each year the Ava Chamber of Commerce sponsors an outdoor fall festival at the Caney Picnic Area. The Flaming Fall Revue, set for Oct. 15, 2017, will feature an outdoor church service at 10:30 a.m. followed by live music, fall activities, pumpkin painting, exhibits and local artists, a dessert auction and various dinner options for purchase. For more information contact the Ava Chamber of Commerce at 417-683-4594 or visit


From Gainesville, travel north on Highway 5 about 25 miles. Turn left on Highway A in Douglas County. Go 3.6 miles and turn left on County Road 409, where you will see a sign for Glade Top Trail. The trail’s south end can also be accessed at Longrun, off Highway 95 in Ozark County. From the west, access the trail from Highway 125 two miles south of the Hercules Glade Wilderness. PAGE 12




OWNER: US Forest Service CONTACT: Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District Ranger Joe Koloski, 417-683-4428 GPS COORDINATES: Latitude: 36.71, Longitude : -92.81 WEBSITE: (then search for “Bateman trail”)

MILEAGE: The Bateman Trail system, also known locally as the Bateman Ranch area, consists of approximately 16 miles of trail in total. The trail is made up of several individual segments that can be enjoyed individually or connected together for varying distances. Segments are: Willie Lee, 6.25 miles; Corral, .73 mile; Merriman, .93 mile; Bottoms, 2.82 miles; Bottom Connector Loop, 1.41 miles; 606 Connector Loop, 1.41 miles; Boy Scout, .79 miles; Arrowman, 1.12 miles. HORSEBACK RIDING, HIKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING: This trail is rated as “easy to moderate” for horseback riding or hiking. It is rated “moderate to more difficult” for mountain bikers. Motorized vehicles are prohibited. The trail is not surfaced and is dovered with native material. Natural water for horses along the trail is very limited and may be seasonal. The forest service encourages those visiting to bring a map and compass with knowledge of how to use them. LANDSCAPE: Landscape within the Bateman Trail area varies from gently rolling hills to moderately steep terrain with rock outcrops and tall grass prairies. Vegetation along the trail is diverse and includes oak-hickory and eastern red cedars. Prescribed fire is often used in this area to maintain the unique glade habitats. Species such as the Bachman’s sparrow, an state endangered species, collared lizards, Indian paintbrush wildflowers and primrose plants can be found. SIGNS AND GATES: In 2012, the Bateman Ranch Area received a new trail numbering system and horseback riderfriendly gates that can be opened and closed without dismounting. The gates are also handicapped accessible for individuals in wheelchairs. The improvements were made through a cooperative agreement with the National Forest Service, the Show-Me Missouri Back Country Horseman and the Douglas County Fox Trotters.

DIRECTIONS The Bateman Ranch Area is used frequently by many local horseback riders, including members of the nearby Douglas County Foxtrotters Association, shown here on a trail ride in this photo taken by Theodosia resident Toni Giardina.


From Theodosia, travel west on Highway 160. Turn right onto Highway 95, and drive 6.8 miles to the Longrun community. Turn left onto County Road 917 and travel 8.4 miles to Bateman Road. PAGE 13

Blue Spring is just a little over a half mile from the main road in the North Fork Recreation Area. The spring is a popular swimming hole during the warmer months. This photo snapped by Lee Kern was posted on his float trip blog at


This area is known locally as Hammond Camp.

OWNER: Mark Twain National Forest, US Forest Service CONTACT: Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District District Ranger Joe Koloski, 417-683-4428 GPS COORDINATES: Latitude: 36.7547818, Longitude : -92.1548502

PUBLIC CANOE/KAYAK ACCESS: The North Fork Recreation Area is more commonly known by locals as Hammond Camp, especially in reference to the public canoe and kayak access ramp. It is one of three public access points on the North Fork of the White River. While this one is managed by the US Forest Service, the other two, at Blair Bridge and Patrick Bridge, are managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Private access points are offered by local outfitters Twin Bridges, River of Life Farm, Pettit’s Canoe Rental, Sunburst Ranch and Dawt Mill Resort. Small jon boats can be launched from the access; however, motorized boats are prohibited. CAMPING: The North Fork Recreation Area offers 20 campsites, each with a picnic table, fire ring and tent pad. Drinking water (available May 15 - Oct. 15), vault toilets and garbage

FEES: Day use fee is $2 per vehicle, $10 per bus HOURS OPEN: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. OPERATIONAL DATES: Gates are open May 15 - Dec. 1, and closed Dec. 1 - March 1. Walk-in traffic and day use is permitted when gate is closed, but no camping.

receptacles are centrally located. Sites are suitable for small travel trailers, and some can accommodate up to 34-foot RVs. One public campsite has electricity available. There are no water or sewer hook-ups, and the RV pedestal hookup is a 30-amp hookup that also includes a 110 outlet. Campground nightly fees are $10 for a nonelectric site and $15 for the electric site. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. PICNICKING AND SWIMMING: Ten sites with grills and picnic tables are available for day-use picnicking. The area also offers vault toilets, drinking water and centralized garbage collection. This area is used for swimming, tubing and wading during the summer months. There is no lifeguard, and using the water access is done at one’s own risk.

DIRECTIONS From Gainesville, take Highway 181 northeast to CC Highway just south of Dora. Turn right and travel east for 3 miles. PAGE 14


DEVILS BACKBONE TRAIL photo by Jessi Dreckman

RIDGE RUNNER TRAIL: This National Recreation Trail provides backpackers, mountain bikers and equestrians with a 36.5-mile route that begins with a 6-mile loop at the North Fork Recreation Area and continues north for 21 miles, where it meets a 6-mile loop at Noblett Lake. The landscape varies from gently rolling to very steep terrain with rock outcrops and buffs. Vegetation along the trail is diverse and includes oak-hickory, short leaf pine and bottomland forests. Remnant prairie plants can be seen, a reminder of a time when repeated wildfire burned the Ozarks allowing fingers of prairie to extend into the woods. Horses are not allowed in the day use area at North Fork Recreation Area, near Blue Spring or in the day use area at Noblett Lake. BLUE SPRING: Dayhikers can enjoy a .6 mile walk on the Blue Spring Trail from the North Fork Recreation Area campground to Blue Spring, a vibrant oval-shaped spring about 30 feet in diameter. The spring averages 7 million gallons per day of cold, clear blue water. The pool is colorful and the setting is dramatic. On three sides, a stone wall made of cherty Gasconade dolomite rock surrounds the spring and represents the karst topography of

the Ozarks. The short walk includes steps and short, steep slopes traveling through lush vegetation and surrounded by unique rock formations. Visitors often can’t resist jumping into the icycold, clear spring during the hot summer months. DEVILS BACKBONE WILDERNESS: The North Fork Recreation Area at Blue Spring serves as a gateway into the Devils Backbone Wilderness, a 6,687-acre area of wild, public land that takes its name from a long, narrow ridge known to the area’s early settlers as the Devils Backbone. At 1,020 feet, the highest “vertebrae” of the ridge trail glides through the center of the wilderness. The trail is rated as moderately difficult, with sometimes steep terrain. Thirteen miles of maintained foot and horse trails follow the Devils Backbone and four other ridges, dropping off into surrounding hollows in a forest dominated by oaks, hickories and shortleaf pines. Although equestrians are allowed on the trail, they are not allowed near Blue Spring or in the day use area of the North Fork Recreation Area. Alternatively, horseback riders can access the Raccoon Hollow Trailhead from the south side of CC Highway about 1.5 miles east of Dora.

The Devils Backbone Wilderness Trail is a 13-mile trek used by day hikers, backpackers, equestrians and mountain bikers. Local resident Kerrie Zubrod, above left, is pictured during a November 2016 trail ride. Gary and Ginger Allman, above right, were taking a three-day backpacking trip on the Devils Backbone Wilderness Trail when this photo was taken. Gary posted his commentary about their trip on his blog Ozarks Walkabout (



Rippee Conservation Area features tall dolomite bluffs, like the one pictured here, along with forests of oak-hickory, shortleaf pine and bottomland hardwoods. It also offers access to Bryant and Rippee creeks.


OWNER: Missouri Department of Conservation, 417-256-7161 ACREAGE: 419 acres MAP:

HOURS OPEN: Area is open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, dog training, launching and landing boats is allowed 24 hours a day in areas where these activities are permitted.

HISTORY: The Rippee Conservation Area has a lively history, which includes Indian camps, Civil War skirmishes and a large pioneer settlement supported by a major wagon road.

HAPPY CAMPERS: This area offers 15 individual campsites. Privies, campfire rings and picnic tables are provided in the camping area.

LAND COVER: This area consists of 342 acres of forest and woodland, 34 acres of grassland, 26 acres of wildlife food plots, 7.5 acres of campground and parking lots, 6 acres of glade and 4 acres of old fields.

RIVER ACCESS: A public access to Bryant Creek can be used as a float access during the early spring months when the water is high. Visitors can also visit the smaller stream, Rippee Creek, from this conservation area.

BRYANT CREEK NATURAL AREA: About 18 acres (1.5 miles of creek and buffer zone) of the Rippee Conservation Area is designated as the Bryant Creek Natural Area. Bryant Creek (see page 33) is a small, high-quality river with 15 species of fish and crayfish that occur in the Ozarks and nowhere else in the world. Those species include the Ozark shiner, Ozark madtom, bluestripe darter, golden crayfish and Ozark crayfish.

PUBLIC HUNTING: Rippee Conservation Area is open to public hunting and has a good population of deer. It also boasts a fair population of dove, rabbit, squirrel and turkey.

WILDLIFE VIEWING: Turkey, deer, quail, rabbits, river otters, squirrels and bald eagles live within or visit the area.

VEGETATION: Little bluestem grass and Missouri coneflower grow at Rippee. Venus’ hair fern and grass of Parnassus grow in a seep (a moist or wet area where water, usually groundwater, reaches the earth’s surface from an underground aquifer) on the glade. The upper part of the glade is dolomite and sandstone and grades into a sandstone forest/savanna.


From Rockbridge in northern Ozark County, travel north on Highway N for 5 miles. Turn right onto Highway OO and continue for 5 miles. Turn left onto Highway 14 and continue for 4 miles. Turn left onto Country Road 328 and drive to the conservation area.



These photos of the Noblett Trailhead of the Ridge Runner Trial and the picnic area at Noblett Lake were taken by Justin Fisher and posted on the Explore the Ozarks blog (


OWNER: Mark Twain National Forest, US Forest Service CONTACT: Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District District Ranger Joe Koloski, 417-683-4428

THE LAKE: Noblett Lake Recreation Area was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps on the shore of the 26-acre Noblett Lake. The lake was drained in August 2011 by suspected vandals and was closed to the public for a period of time before reopening in November 2012. CAMPING: Dispersed primitive camping is allowed in loops below the dam and on the hill across from the Noblett Trailhead, known locally as “Sugar Hill.” Camping is not allowed in the day use area. CANOEING AND FISHING: Noblett Lake is a popular place to canoe and fish for blue gill, sunfish, bass and catfish. Only electric motors are allowed on the water. PICNICKING AND PAVILION: Individual picnic tables and grills are available on a first come, first serve basis. Vault toilets are available. No drinking water is available; visitors must bring their own. The pavilion can be reserved for $25 per day at the

HOURS OPEN: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. FEES: No day use fee. Group picnic pavilion $25/day. GPS COORDINATES: Latitude: 36.90 Longitude : -92.09

website Reservations may be made at least four days and up to 12 months in advance. Groups of more than 75 people, whether or not they’re using the pavilion, must obtain a special permit; contact Teresa Crow, 417-967-4194. LAKE LOOP: The Loop Trail around Noblett Lake on the north end of the Ridge Runner Trail is a good option for day hikers. If vehicle shuttling is an option, the main trunk of the Ridge Runner Trail (see below) also provides point-to-point day hike options. RIDGE RUNNER TRAIL: This National Recreation Trail provides backpackers, mountain bikers and equestrians with a 36.5-mile route that begins with a 6-mile loop at Noblett Lake and continues south for 21 miles, where it meets a 6-mile loop at the North Fork Recreation Area (see page 14). Horses are not allowed in the day use areas at Noblett Lake or North Fork Recreation Area or near Blue Spring in the North Fork Recreation Area.


From Dora in northern Ozark County, travel north on Highway 181 for 20 miles. Turn right onto State Highway AP and continue about 3 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 857 and continue for about 1 mile to the turnoff for the day use area. The road continues to the Noblett dam and trailhead. THE REAL OZARKS MAGAZINE


Dan Nash, of the Hiking the Ozarks blog (, enjoys the scenery at Long Creek Falls, accessible from the Blair Ridge Trailhead in the Hercules Glade Wilderness. The falls are quite impressive after a rain.


OWNER: Mark Twain National Forest, US Forest Service ACERAGE: 12,413 acres CONTACT: Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District District Ranger Joe Koloski, 417-683-4428

GPS COORDINATES: Latitude: 36.68, Longitude : -92.88 OPEN: Year round, quiet hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. WEB:

SCENERY ABOUNDS: Described as some of the “most scenic and unique country in the Midwest” by the US Forest Service, the Hercules Glade Wilderness Area features more than 12,000 acres of open grassland, forested knobs, steep rocky hillsides, narrow drainages, limestone rock outcroppings and open glades. TAKE A TRAIL OR MAKE YOUR OWN PATH: This wilderness area features 32 miles of maintained trails to explore by foot or on horseback. The Forest Service rates the terrain as “more difficult to most difficult.” It features steep areas, stream crossings, sparse trail markings and elevations ranging from 600 to 1,200 feet. Due to these conditions, the wilderness area receives only light use. Cross-country hiking is allowed, but those hikers should bring a map and compass or GPS unit. THREE TRAILHEADS: Three trailheads provide entry to the He-

cules Glades Wilderness. The Hercules Tower Trailhead is located along Highway 125, 7 miles north of Highway 160 in Taney County. It has a vault toilet, space for camping and parking. The Blair Ridge Trailhead is also off Highway 125. Turn onto Forest Road 155 and go approximately 2 miles. Only parking is available at this location. The Coy Bald Trailhead, furthest from Ozark County, is off Highway 160 east of Forsyth 9 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 566 and go approximately 4 miles. Only parking is available at this location. LONG CREEK FALLS: Known by some locals as “the shut-ins,” Long Creek Falls is an impressive display of the power of water on a dolomite creekbottom. The 10- to 12-foot drops create a beautiful waterfall. During the wetter months, many visitors hop into Long Creek for a refreshing dip. Access the falls from the Blair Ridge Trailhead.

DIRECTIONS From Gainesville, head west on US Highway 160. Continue about 29 miles to Rueter, then turn right (north) onto Highway 125. Travel about 7 miles and turn left onto the fire tower road to reach the Hercules Tower Trailhead. PAGE 18




AREA OWNER: US Army Corps of Engineers CONTACT INFO: Mountain Home, Arkansas, office; Rodger Howell 870-425-2700 GPS COORDINATES: Latitude: 36.2430, Longitude : -92.20.30 WEBSITE AND MAP:

OWNED, MAINTAINED BY: The Pigeon Creek National Recreation Trail is owned by the US Army Corp of Engineers and maintained through a volunteer program by the Twin Lakes Bicycle Club. The trail system can be accessed from Arkansas Highway 201 just south of the Missouri/Arkasnas state line at the Pigeon Creek Park on Lake Norfork. PICNICKING: This is a day-use-only area. No camping is allowed. Picnic tables may be used on a first-come basis. TRAIL SYSTEM: The Pigeon Creek “stacked loop” trail system consists of more than 20 miles of bicycling and hiking trails along the shores of Lake Norfork. The trail system is a favorite with off-road bicyclists and draws a large crowd from all over the Midwest. No horses or motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails. The Pigeon Roast, one of the annual Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series events, is held here each spring. Revenue from the race goes to maintain and expand the trail system. The trailhead is on the west (right) side of Highway 201, opposite the boat ramp side, when coming from Missouri. BOAT RAMP AND SWIMMING: A public boat-launch ramp includes a courtesy dock and parking lot for visitors. The lake in this area is enjoyed by swimmers during the summer months. There is no lifeguard, and using the water access is done at one’s own risk. FISHING: Anglers can often be found lining the banks of Norfork Lake, and fisherman with boats use the boat ramp heavily throughout the year. Those fishing here must have an Arkansas fishing license or a Missouri fishing license with a border lakes tag. CYPRESS GROVE: A grove of cypress trees, unique in this area, is shown in this photo taken by local resident Alica Rutherford. The majestic trees stand between the lake and the paved access road at Pigeon Creek Park.


From Gainesville, take Highway 160 east to J Highway. Turn right (south) and continue into Arkansas, where the road becomes Arkansas 201. Pigeon Creek Park is approximately 6 miles south of the state line on Lake Norfork. THE REAL OZARKS MAGAZINE








2 1. SPOUT SPRING NATURE TRAIL Caney Mountain Conservation Area, page 10

Distance and configuration: 3-mile out-and-back trail Facilities: Restrooms, parking, camping and picnic areas Description: This easy trail traverses 1.5 miles into the shady depths of Caney Creek Valley in the Caney Mountain Conservation Area’s interior. The trail follows Caney Creek most of the way, providing excellent scenery along the gently rolling hills. There are a few shallow-water crossings along the way, and a picnic table just a short way from the trailhead provides a nice spot for a packed lunch. Directions: From Gainesville, travel north on Highway 181 to Caney Mountain Conservation Area Headquarters Road, on the left. When you get to the headquarters area, stay right on the Main Trail. The trailhead is 1.5 miles ahead on the right.

2. PIGEON CREEK TRAIL SYSTEM Pigeon Creek Park, page 19

Distance and configuration: Multiple trails ranging from .5 to 1.5 miles can be joined together for a 20-mile stacked loop Facilities: Restrooms, parking and picnic areas Map: Description: The Pigeon Creek Trail System, one of the premier cycling and hiking system in the Ozarks, is located on the banks of Lake Norfork at Pigeon Creek Park. A stacked loop system provides a wide variety of different trail-length options, up to 20 miles. The trails vary in length and difficulty with elevation difference of 250 feet maximum.


Directions: From Gainesville, head east on Highway 160 for 5 miles. Turn right (south) onto J Highway and continue into Arkansas, where J Highway becomes Arkansas Highway 201. Continue for 8 miles to Pigeon Creek Park just before crossing the Lake Norfork bridge. The trailhead access is on the right (west) side of the highway, and the recreation area is on the east side.


North Fork Recreation Area, page 14

Distance and configuration: 1-mile out-and-back hike Facilities: Restrooms, camping, parking, picnic areas and water during warmer months Description: This very short walk takes you from the campground (known locally as Hammond Camp) to the turquoise, ice-cold waters of Blue Spring. The trail parallels the North Fork of the White River and travels into the Devils Backbone Wilderness area. Among the trees, cardinals and other birds glide from one branch to another. Flowering dogwood and redbud catch sunshine through gaps in the forest canopy and display brilliant spring colors. Averaging 7 million gallons of cold, clear water each day, Blue Spring creates a deep, oval-shaped pool about 30 feet in diameter. The setting is dramatic: on three sides, a stone wall made of cherty Gasconade dolomite surrounds the spring and represents the karst topography of the Ozarks. Horses and motorized vehicles are prohibited from this area of the National Forest. Directions: From Highway 181 just south of Dora, take State Route CC and travel 3 miles east.


4. DEVILS BACKBONE LOOP North Fork Recreation Area, page 14

Distance and configuration: 10-mile or 13-mile balloon loop options, but a 4-mile out-and-back option makes for a good day trip Facilities: Restrooms, camping, parking, picnic areas and water during warmer months Map: Description: The Devils Backbone Wilderness includes 13 miles of moderately difficult trails within the area accessible from Blue Spring Trailhead, including a 10-mile loop or a 13-mile loop option. Accessed from the North Fork Recreation Area, visitors can follow the half-mile trail to Blue Spring (horses prohibited in this trailhead and near Blue Spring), then travel along a bluffline and down to the North Fork River around mile 2. This stop provides a nice spot for a picnic and a 4-mile hiking option to return back to the trailhead for those hoping for a shorter trek. After the river, hikers can take a left onto a trail to make a 10-mile loop or continue straight for a 13-mile loop. The other three trailheads – Raccoon Hollow, located on the south side of CC Highway about 1.5 miles east of Dora; McGarr Ridge Trailhead, located on the south side of CC Highway about 4 miles east of Dora; and Collins Ridge Trailhead, located on County Road KK/362 about 16 miles west of West Plains – provide options for point-to-point hikes as well. The terrain is sometimes steep, ranging in elevation from 1,020 to 680 feet, and there are few blazes. Visitors should bring a map and compass and be comfortable route-finding if continuing on past the 4-mile out-and-back hike. Directions: From Highway 181 just south of Dora, take State Route CC east and continue 3 miles.


North Fork Recreation Area, page 14

Distance and configuration: 22-mile point-to-point Facilities: Restrooms, camping, parking, picnic areas and water during warmer months at trailhead Map: Description: The Ridge Runner Trail incorporates parts of two shorter loop routes at Noblett Lake (8 miles) and North Fork Recreation Area (12 miles). The diverse vegetation along the trail includes native wild flowers and remnant prairie species, oakhickory, shortleaf pine, and bottom land forests. The Ridge Runner Trail is rated as moderate and ranges in elevation from 800 to 1,100 feet. The trail is not well defined in some areas and crosses several old logging roads, so visitors should feel comfortable route-finding and should bring a map and compass. Backpackers and hikers should carry plenty of water, as stream accesses are limited to the northern and southern ends of the trail and water sources can be extremely scarce. The trail is designed and maintained for foot traffic, horse use and mountain bike use. Motorized travel, including on dirt bikes and ATVs, is not permitted. Directions: From Highway 181 just south of Dora, take State Route CC east and continue 3 miles.


Noblett Lake Recreation Area, page 17

Distance and configuration: 8-mile loop Facilities: Restrooms, camping, parking, picnic areas and water during warmer months at trailhead Map:


Description: An 8-mile loop trail surrounding the 26-acre Noblett Lake provides an appealing opportunity for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. This challenging, single-track loop is crisscrossed by a double-track horse trail and crosses Noblett and Spring creeks and Cord Hollow. Reports sometimes come in describing deadfall, difficult routefinding and steep, loose hills on the trek. The east half of the loop, by the lake, forms the northern end of the Ridge Runner section of the Ozark Trail, which ends at the North Fork Recreation Area. The frustrations of this trail are usually more than offset by the beauty of the surroundings, the adventure of an unfamiliar and remote experience, and the great view of Noblett Lake from the amazing downhill section near the end of the hike. Directions: From Dora, continue north on Highway 181 for 20 miles. Turn right onto State Highway AP and follow it for about 3 miles then turn right onto Forest Road 857 and continue for about 1 mile to the turnoff for the day-use area. The road continues to the Noblett dam and trailhead.


Hercules Glade Wilderness, page 18

Distance and configuration: 6.8-mile loop linking in with the Hercules Glade system of 32 miles of trails Facilities: Primitive camping, picnic tables and a pit toilet Map: and search for “Hercules Glade” Description: Coy Bald Trail is a 6.8-mile lightly trafficked loop trail located within the Hercules Glade Wilderness near Bradleyville. The loop features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also permitted on this trail but must be kept on a leash. From this and other trailheads in the Hercules Galde Wilderness Area, 32 miles of maintained trails traverse open glades, forested ridgetops and Long Creek, the primary drainage of the area. Cross-country hiking in other parts of the area is allowed. Key attractions along the trail include Long Creek Falls, panoramic views of the Ozarks countryside and a variety of native landscapes, including open limestone glades and mixed forests. Directions: From Gainesville, head west on Highway 160 for 39 miles. Turn right (north) onto Cross Timber Road (Forest Road 566), and drive approximately 4 miles to the trailhead.


Bateman Ranch Area, page 13

Distance and configuration: 16 miles of trail made from several smaller segmented trails ranging from 6.25 miles to .75-mile. Facilities: Primitive camping, picnic tables and a pit toilet Description: The Bateman Trail, a non-motorized trail system, consists of approximately 16 miles of hiking and equestrian trail that carries visitors through limestone glades and other landscapes that vary from gently rolling hills to moderately steep terrain with rock outcrops and tall grass prairies. Natural water for horses along the trail is very limited and may be seasonal. Vegetation along the trail is diverse and includes oak-hickory and eastern red cedar trees. Prescribed fire is often used to maintain the unique glade habitats. A good map and compass, along with knowledge of how to use them, are strongly suggested. Directions: From Theodosia, travel west on Highway 160. Turn right onto Highway 95 and drive 6.8 miles to the Longrun community. Turn left (north) onto County Road 917 and continue 8.4 miles to Bateman Road.


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The North Fork of the White River Fed by springs and protected by national forest for the top two-thirds of its 50-mile length, the North Fork of the White River in eastern Ozark County is a pristine jewel among Missouri’s Ozark float streams. The North Fork flows with clear, cold, spring-fed water and offers just enough sporty whitewater rifts to keep river riders coming back for more. Since its upper reaches are in the Mark Twain National Forest, the river retains its native natural character and has good watershed protection. The section from Highway 14 south to H Highway is near-wilderness, and this stretch of river is fed by large springs that emerge amid stands of short-leaf pine and

other lush forest. A national forest recreation area, Missouri Department of Conservation access points and a legendary old mill enhance the river’s appeal to vacationers and locals alike. Seasonal water levels are consistent enough to keep the North Fork almost always floatable, and although the gradient of the lower sections as the river flows into Lake Norfork is not spectacular, the volume is good and the scenery is beautiful. The Little North Fork, in western Ozark County, flows into Bull Shoals Lake and generally isn’t suitable for floating but offers appealing opportunities for wading, swimming and fishing. photo by Amy Spencer

T H E N O R T H F O R K ’ S S P R I N G - F E D W AT E R S The North Fork of the White River is fed by beautiful springs, including these favorites pictured here. See the map on page 26 for location information.

photo by Lee Kern

Blue Spring, in the North Fork Recreation Area (see page 14), serves up 7 million gallons of cold, crystal-clear water each day in a dolomite-walled, amphitheater-like setting where the 30-footdiameter pool glistens with a beautiful turquoise hue. A half-mile trail leads from the campground to the spring. On hot summer days, Blue Spring is a popular cooling-off (and jumping-off) spot.

photo by Jessi Dreckman

Rainbow Springs, the third largest spring in Missouri, averages a daily flow of more than 100 million gallons of sparkling, crystalline water that empties into the North Fork of the White River. Wet weather can increase the output to more than 180 million gallons. The spring and nearby Rainbow Springs Lodge are on private property that is available for nightly rentals. Visit http:// for details.


photo by Laken Jones

Althea Spring is a short walk from the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Patrick Bridge Access, which also offers a campground and canoe ramp. From the river, wade or float past the bridge and stop at the first gravel bar to the left and follow the path to the spring. Hardy visitors delight in playing in the icy waterfall as the spring water plunges over the adjoining dam.



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photo by Twin Bridges Canoe

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private access, mile marker 39.5

Twin Bridges Canoe & Camp resort access, mile marker 24.1 The Highway 14 Bridge access is at at Twin Bridges Canoe and Campground. Guests can rent canoes, kayaks, tubes and rafts here. A campground and cabins provide lodging options. “Twin bridges” refers to this bridge and a similar one over nearby Spring Creek.


CC Highway Bridge

photo by Nat’l Forest Service

public access, mile marker 29.2 The CC Highway Bridge, also known as Hammond Bridge, is located in the North Fork Recreation Area managed by the Mark Twain National Forest. Those who use the access and parking lot pay a $2 day-use fee. Blue Spring is a short walk from the parking lot.

photo by Sunburst Ranch

Patrick Bridge

public access, mile marker 42.2 Patrick Bridge is a slab-style concrete low-water bridge on H Highway. The access includes a concrete boat ramp and a parking lot for public use. No fee is charged to use this access. During high water, boaters may have portage around the bridge.

McKee Bridge

at River of Life Farms Outfitter private access, mile marker 35 417-261-7777;

photo by Joleen Burton

This bridge is owned/accessed by River of Life Farms. Guests can rent canoes, kayaks and rafts from this outfitter or have private boats shuttled. The river in this area also features the famed “falls,” a rock ledge that drops about 2-3 feet. It’s a tricky spot, so boaters should be careful navigating the chute.

photo by Amy Spencer

James Bridge

Pettit’s Canoe Rental private access, mile marker 39


photo courtesy of Pettit’s Canoe

This outfitter is located just upstream from Blair Bridge and offers canoe, kayak, tube and raft rentals. A campground on the property is open to Pettit’s guests who rent boats there. The outfitter also offers cabin rentals.

photo by Sunburst Ranch

photo by Dawt Mill Resort


private access that is often used by the public, mile marker 45.3 This access is located on PP Highway and features a high, metal bridge. This property includes the MoDOT right-of-way bordering private land. It has been used for many years by visitors to the North Fork, but it is not an official public access point. There is some parking.

Dawt Mill

private access, mile marker 47.1 417-284-3443;

Blair Bridge

public access, mile marker 39.2 Blair Bridge is a tall, concrete bridge on Ozark County Road 354 off H Highway. The public access includes a concrete boat ramp, pit toilets and parking area for public use. No fee is charged to use this access.

Sunburst Ranch is located a half mile downstream from Blair Bridge. The resort offers canoe, kayak, tube and raft rental as well as shuttle service for private boats. The resort also owns another access, known as “The Landing,” about a half mile upstream from Dawt Mill. The dual sites give guests multiple floattrip options. Multi-night float trips can also be arranged, including a three-day trip from Topaz Mill in the spring when river levels allow it. Campsites and cabins are available for visitors to rent.

photo by Dawt Mill Resort

Until recently, a dam at Dawt Mill made this the sourthernmost end of any North Fork float trip. The dam was removed in February 2107, and floaters may now continue downriver to Lake Norfork. The resort offers canoe, kayak and tube rentals, private shuttles and take-out (for a fee), camping and lodging options, two seasonal restaurants, and bar, store and ice cream parlor.


photo courtesy of Taylormade River Treks

The cold, spring-fed waters of the North Fork of the White River carry great populations of brown and rainbow trout. Several outfitters and fly-fishing guides offer guided trips to help you catch them.


Continually rated as one of the best trout fishing streams in the United States FROM SOURCE TO RAINBOW SPRINGS The upper section of the North Fork sports excellent smallmouth, sunfish and goggle-eye fishing. Smallmouth can be caught in good numbers throughout the river, and most of the fish will be 12-15 inches. However, there are decent numbers of quality fish that exceed 15 inches. Jigs, crankbaits and soft plastic baits are good choices for catching smallmouth bass (soft plastics cannot be used in the Blue Ribbon Trout Area). Goggleeye (also known as Ozark bass or rock bass) live throughout the river. These fish can be caught on the same type of lures as smallmouth, but generally, smaller versions are more productive. Be sure to concentrate fishing efforts in and around aquatic vegetation, boulders and rootwads. FROM RAINBOW SPRINGS TO PATRICK BRIDGE The Missouri Wild Trout Management Area of the North Fork River lies between Rainbow Springs and Blair Bridge. This area has not been stocked with Rainbow Trout since 1964 and features excellent fly fishing for wild rainbows. While 80 percent of the trout in this area are native rainbows, the native rainbows only account for 20 percent of trout over 18-inches in length. The others are brown trout that wander upstream from the Red Ribbon Trout Area. Within the Blue Ribbon Trout Area (from Rainbow Springs to the Patrick Bridge access), the fall 2016 PAGE 28

fisheries survey indicated a large year class of three-year-old rainbow trout. In 2017, anglers can expect good fishing, with the majority of these fish ranging from 12 to 15 inches. Also, there are a fair number of fish greater than 15 inches. Anglers will continue to notice that the body condition of these fish is very good. Wooly buggers and prince nymphs bounced along the bottom are traditionally good wet-fly patterns while Adams and elk hair caddis dry flies work well when the fish are surface feeding. Crayfish and minnow-imitating crankbaits as well as various spinners are also effective. FROM PATRICK BRIDGE TO LAKE NORFORK Brown trout fishing within the Red Ribbon Trout Area (from Patrick Bridge to Lake Norfork) looks good this year, and there are some really nice fish to catch. Anglers should expect the majority of brown trout to range from 12 to 15 inches, but there are many that exceed 15 inches and a few fish are greater than 20 inches. To catch more brown trout, try fishing during sunrise and sunset hours. Stocking of brown trout will continue, and the population should continue to improve and provide anglers with quality fishing opportunities. Anglers can also expect more abundant numbers of black bass in this stretch of river after spring or early summer high-water events. THE REAL OZARKS MAGAZINE

Blue Ribbon Trout Area:

An 8.6-mile stretch of river from the upper outlet of Rainbow Spring to Patrick Bridge is designated as the Blue Ribbon Trout Area

Length Limit: at least 18” Daily Limit: 1 Authorized Lures: Artificial lures and flies Only flies and artificial lures may be used. Soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. Prohibited methods: Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks.

North Fork Fishing Guides RIVER OF LIFE FARM 1746 River of Life Drive, Dora, MO 65637 417-261-7777, Find it on Facebook River of Life Farm, located within the “miracle mile” of the Blue Ribbon Wild Trout Management area, offers full-day and half-day guided fly fishing trips with their experienced guides for groups of 1 to 8 anglers. The full-day service includes boat, shuttle and a shore lunch. Guided guests will need to bring a fly rod, tackle and waders. Anglers who do not own this gear can rent appropriate fly rods, tackle and other gear fitted for fishing the North Fork; custom-tied flies are also for sale. Guests of the resort have bank-fishing access to this area of the North Fork.

Red Ribbon Trout Area:

A 7-mile stretch of the unimpounded river and its tributaries from Patrick Bridge to Lake Norfork is designated as the Red Ribbon Trout Area.

TAYLORMADE RIVER TREKS. See ad page 37 170 Taylor Lane, County Road 322, Tecumseh, MO 65760 417-284-3055, Find it on Facebook Shawn and Christina Taylor own and operate Taylormade River Treks, a bed and breakfast offering guided fishing service on the North Fork of the White River since 1988. Full-day and half-day guided trips are offered utilizing a variety of different boat styles, from drift boats to jon boats. The use of rods, flies and leaders are included, although clients are also welcome to bring their own. A hearty lunch with bottled water is included in the trip, and sodas can be requested.

Length Limit: at least 15” Daily Limit: 2 Authorized Lures: all lures allowed Prohibited waders: The use of poroussoled waders is prohibited. Requirement: While on any waters with length limits, all trout you possess must be kept with head, tail and skin intact.

DEAD DRIFT FLY SHOP at Sunburst Ranch. See ad page 31 776 County Road 352, Caulfield, MO 65626 417-284-3443, Find it on Facebook Dead Drift Fly Shop is the only fly fishing shop on the North Fork of the White River. Dead Drift takes a different approach to traditional guide services, offering fisherman an affordable, quick way to catch great fish. The streamside guide services, priced on an hourly basis, focus on providing anglers with the proper rigging and teaching casting and line control techniques.


Thicker-bodied than most other sunfish with large mouth and very large eyes. Spiny dorsal fin with 12 spines broadly connected to soft dorsal fin. Anal fin with 6 spines. Color variable but generally dark brown to bronze above, often blotched on sides. Distinct pattern of dark spots arranged in parallel lines along the sides differentiates the northern rock bass from its closest relatives, the Ozark bass and shadow bass. Total length: to 11 inches; weight: to 1 pound; maximum about 17 inches and 2 pounds, 12 ounces.




Large, elongated fish with a moderately large mouth. Cheek scales are much smaller than rest of body scales. Back and sides are greenish-brown with faint dark mottling and bars; the belly is whitish overlain with dusky pigment. No dark horizontal stripe. Without rows of dark spots. Upper jaw reaches to about the rear margin of the eye in adults. Tongue usually has rough patch. Dorsal fins connected. Most closely related to largemouth and spotted bass. Total length: 10 to 20 inches; weight 1/2 to 4 pounds; maximum about 22 inches long and 6 pounds.

Rainbow trout have small scales and a small, fleshy adipose fin on the back behind the dorsal fin. The fins lack spines. There is a small triangular projection at the base of the pelvic fin. Upper parts are dark olive, thickly speckled with black spots; the belly is silvery white. There are prominent dark spots on the tail. The side lacks orange or reddish spots, but there is a pink or reddish longitudinal stripe. The tail fin is definitely forked; the anal fin usually has 10 or 11 rays. Total length: 10–15 inches; weight: to 1 1/2 pounds (or more).

Brown trout are tawny to olive brown dorsally to mid-side, often with a brassy appearance. Their undersides, including the lower jaw, are white to pearl. A sleek, streamlined fish with soft-rayed fins and small scales. Body and dorsal fin with round, black spots, body with small red or orange spots surrounded by a lighter halo. Tail fin is usually not forked and usually without spots. Anal fin usually has 9 rays. Total length: 8 to 15 inches; maximum about 37 inches and 26 pounds.



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Bryant Creek photo by Bethany McKee-Kosovich

Bryant Creek, a relatively wild stream, has only slightly less paddling mileage than the North Fork of the White River, and it’s highly fishable. Less spring fed, the Bryant has less volume and can be more difficult to float because it is narrower and has more obstacles. But it also has some fairly fast rifts. Before floating sections above Hodgson Mill Spring in summer, find out if those sections are floatable without having to wade the shallow riffles.



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BRYANT CREEK ACCESSES All access points are property of Missouri Department of Conservation. Photos/ information can be found at

Vera Cruz Access

public access, mile marker 0.0 This access is at the uppermost headwaters of Bryant Creek in Douglas County. The Bryant cuts a surprisingly deep valley at this point, leaving interesting bedrock features and beautiful bluffs. To get to the Vera Cruz Access, take Highway 14 east from Ava then turn on Route AB and go northeast 3 miles.

Rippee Conservation Area Access

public access, mile marker 4.0 The 419-acre Rippee Conservation Area includes the Bryant Creek Natural Area and provides an access point to Bryant Creek that is floatable via canoe during the early spring months when the water is high. This area includes camping, picnic areas and parking. To get to the Rippee Conservation Area access, take Highway 14 east 11 miles from Ava. Turn onto Country Road 328 and travel south for 1.5 miles.

Sycamore Access at Hodgson Mill

public access, mile marker 25.9 The Sycamore Access is located just downstream of a low-water bridge on Highway 181 near Hodgson Mill (see page 49) that is used frequently as a swimming hole. The spring that powered the old grist mill flows into Bryant Creek at this point. The spring averages a daily flow of 24 million gallons and is ranked 15th in size in the state. The 8-mile section of creek above this access is excellent fly fishing water. To get to this access, travel Highway 181 from Gainesville north for 12 miles.

Warren Bridge Access

public access, mile marker 33.3 Warren Bridge is a low-water bridge access on County Road 328 off Highway FF. An excellent swimming hole is located below the bridge. A float trip from Sycamore Access to Warren Bridge is one of the most scenic on Bryant Creek. To drive to this access, head north on Highway 181 from Gainesville. About 2 miles past Zanoni Mill, turn right onto Highway FF, then turn left onto County Road 328. Continue west for 2.5 miles.

Florence C. Cook Access

public access, mile marker 40 This access to Bryant Creek, commonly referred to as Cook’s Landing by locals, is the last public access on the Bryant before Lake Norfork at Tecumseh. It has a boat ramp, parking lot and picnic tables, along with a 3-acre forested section and a 1.7-acre field. To drive to this access from Gainesville, take Highway 160 east 3.5 miles, then turn left on County Road 308. Continue north on the country road for 3 miles.



photo by Jessi Dreckman


CHANNEL CATFISH can be found throughout most of Bryant Creek, although they are most prevalent downstream from Highway 181 at Hodgson Mill. Anglers should expect good fishing for this species and should catch fish of all sizes.

Highway 181 will encounter more largemouth and spotted bass than those fishing above the bridge. Ozark Bass (goggle-eye) can be found in good numbers around rootwads and aquatic vegetation. Anglers can expect most of their catch to be over 6 inches with an occasional fish greater than 9 inches.

BASS ANGLERS can expect good catch rates of black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass), although the vast majority will be less than 12 inches. Anglers fishing below

WALLEYE can be found in the lower river inhabiting the deeper pools and positioned around boulders and rootwads.




Thicker-bodied than most other sunfish with a large mouth and very large eyes. Spiny dorsal fin with 12 spines is broadly connected to soft dorsal fin. Anal fin has 6 spines. Color is variable but generally it’s dark brown to bronze above, often blotched on sides. Distinct pattern of dark spots arranged in parallel lines along the sides differentiates the northern rock bass from its closest relatives, Ozark bass and shadow bass. Total length: to 11 inches; weight: to 1 pound; maximum about 17 inches and 2 pounds, 12 ounces.

Large, elongated fish with a moderately large mouth. Cheek scales much smaller than rest of body scales. Back and sides are greenish-brown with faint dark mottling and bars; belly is whitish overlain with dusky pigment. No dark horizontal stripe. Without rows of dark spots. Upper jaw reaches to about the rear margin of the eye in adults. Tongue usually has rough patch. Dorsal fins connected. Most closely related to largemouth and spotted bass. Total length: 10 to 20 inches; weight 1/2 to 4 pounds; maximum about 22 inches long and 6 pounds.

Also known as spotted cat, blue cat, fiddler, lady cat, chucklehead cat and willow cat. Like all Missouri catfish, the channel cat has smooth, scaleless skin and barbels (“whiskers”) around the mouth. The channel catfish, like the blue catfish, has a deeply forked tail but can be distinguished by the dark spots on its sides and an anal fin with a rounded edge. Adults stay in deep water of larger pools during the day and move to shallows or near cover at night to feed. Size: Total length: 12-32 inches; weight: 1-15 pounds.



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BULL SHOALS LAKE photo submitted by Lonnie Schmidt

BULL SHOALS LAKE was impounded in 1951 when an Army Corps of Engineers dam was completed on the White River in Arkansas, just south of Ozark County. Originally built for flood control and power generation, the Corps’ missions for the lake now include recreation – and there’s a lot of it here: open stretches perfect for sailing; quiet, secluded coves great for swimming and water sports; clear, uncrowded water for scuba divers; and 48,195 surface acres of water that offer great fishing: largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie and striped bass (see photo, bottom left). Whatever your lake plans, Ozark County’s two concessionaire-operated marinas (described below) can get you going, whatever your plans. For more information, visit the Corps’ website: PONTIAC COVE MARINA

photo submitted by Lonnie Schmidt

Pontiac Cove Marina is a full-service marina, campground and resort located off Highway W southwest of Gainesville. Amenities include nightly and longterm boat slips, boat rentals, fuel dock, scuba air station and a convenience store/gift shop with bait, tackle, Missouri fishing licenses, boating accessories, stand-up paddleboards, wake- and knee-boards, souvenirs, snacks, soda and beer. The adjoining Lake Harbour Resort features six fully furnished suites. Just Jackie’s restaurant is located within the Pontiac park. Come by car or boat (tie up at the marina for free while you eat). The Pontiac bluffs (photo, top left) on the northwest corner of the park are a favorite jumping-off point for lakegoing daredevils. 417-679-3676. THEODOSIA MARINA RESORT

photo submitted by Missy Harlin photo submitted by James Davis

Theodosia Marina Resort, off Highway 160 in Theodosia, offers rentals of a variety of boats and equipment for fishing and fun on the water. A boat-andmotor sales and repair facility is affiliated with the marina. Marina staff can help you connect with local fishing guides, and the marina’s gift shop/ convenience store sells fuel, picnic supplies, beverages, fishing tackle and bait, water skis, boat accessories, clothing and novelties. The marina also offers short- and long-term boat-stall rental. Nearby Fort Cook offers several types of lodging choices plus pads for motorhomes and a swimming pool for guests. The adjoining Corps of Engineers campground and nearby boat ramp stay busy throughout the summer season. And Cookie’s restaurant is a popular eatery for tourists and locals alike. 417-273-4444. Photos at left – Top: Daredevils jump off the landmark Pontiac bluffs. Center: Water skiing and tubing are popular on Bull Shoals Lake. Chasity Masnker, left, and Faith Harlin are pictured tubing last summer. Bottom: Fishing is good on Bull Shoals Lake nearly all year. In this photo, Chance and James Davis show off their catch of largemouth bass on a nice winter’s day.










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LAKE NORFORK Lake Norfork at Tecumseh is generally lined with fisherfolk during the spring white bass run, which usually begins in March and continues for three to four weeks. A boat launch ramp, located under Tecumseh Bridge, shown in the background, is used frequently throughout the year.

LAKE NORFORK, like Bull Shoals, is in the chain of lakes in the White River Basin; both were originally built for flood control and power generation. President Harry Truman came to the Ozarks in July 1952 to dedicate both Norfork and Bull Shoals dams, constructed and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Arkansas a few miles south of the state line on opposite sides of Ozark County. Today, about 2,000 acres of Lake Norfork extend into Missouri, and recreation is recognized as an equally important resource, attracting fisherfolk and water-sports lake-goers who enjoy the Norfork’s clear, spring-fed water. For a beautiful overview of Lake Norfork, drive across the Highway 101 bridge connecting Missouri and Arkansas south of Bakersfield.

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Chance Davis caught this huge catfish on Lake Norfork this year.

ACCESS AND BOAT RAMPS - Ozark County’s portion of Lake Norfork has four boat-launch ramps. One is at Liner Access, off T Highway, and another is at Bridges Creek Landing, known locally as “Stump Hole,” off County Road 551, also known as Smokey Road. Ozark County’s two campgrounds on Lake Norfork are located at Tecumseh, alongside Highway 160, and at Udall, tucked away in a remote, ultra-quiet corner of the lake off Highway O at County Road 576. Both have boat ramps in addition to campsites. photo by Bruce Roberts

Anglers are quick to catch large hybrid bass after the annual white bass run in the spring. Dale Dethrow caught this hybrid while fishing at Tecumseh.


FISHING LAKE NORFORK - Fishing is a popular pastime on Lake Norfork and nearby Bull Shoals Lake. Anglers can catch bass, walleye, crappie and striped bass. The Tecumseh access of Lake Norfork off Highway 160 is an especially popular spot for the annual spring white bass run, which is usually preceded with good walleye fishing and followed by excellent hybrid catches.

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See page 81 for driving directions for a mill-tour loop that travels by Dawt, Hodgson, Rockbridge and Zanoni mills.


This rebuilt landmark, once the heart of a tiny Ozarks milling village founded in the mid-1800s, is the modernday focus of a thriving summer resort that serves up fun and hospitality in a beautiful riverside setting. Located northeast of Tecumseh on County Road 318, off Highway PP from Highway 160, Dawt Mill resort features several lodging choices, including the Cotton Gin Inn, as well as Henegar’s Grist Mill Restaurant in the historic mill and a casual open-air Beach Bar café overlooking the North Fork of the White River. Ice cream and picnic supplies are available in the general store. Live music on scheduled summer nights draws large crowds, and river-floating rentals and shuttle service are available. Dawt is a popular site for destination weddings. The resort, owned by Dr. Ed Henegar and his wife, Mary, also offers camping and picnic sites. For more information, visit or call 417-284-3540. Photo courtesy of Dawt Mill Resort.


The original mill at Hammond was built in 1856 out of local logs. A replacement mill burned in 1876, and that mill’s replacement washed away in a 1904 flood. The current structure was built as a four-story roller mill in 1907. At one time, tall black lettering on the side of the white mill identified the building as the “Home of the Ozark Queen Flour.” The mill, now converted to a privately owned residence, is not open to the public, but it’s viewable from County Road 855, off D Highway about 3 miles southeast of Thornfield. At one time the old mill was the heart of a quaint Ozarks village that also included a licensed distillery, a bank, a sawmill and general store, and a post office that opened in 1894. Milling ceased at Hammond in the early 1940s, and the little town essentially disappeared after the Bank of Hammond closed. Photo by Jennifer Porter.




This beautiful old grist mill, on Highway 181 about 12 miles northeast of Gainesville, stands a short distance from Bryant Creek, where generations of residents and visitors have cooled off on hot summer days in a swimming hole just above the low-water Highway 181 bridge. The Sycamore Access to the Bryant, a creekgravel boat launch, is just downstream. The first mill on this site was built in 1883, utilizing what is said to be the 15th largest spring in Missouri. Rebuilt by Alva Hodgson in 1897, the mill continued producing flour and meal for decades before falling into disuse. In 1969, Ken and Teena Harrington took over the lease and began producing Hodgson Mill stone-ground products that soon were distributed in grocery stores nationwide. Today those products, in packages carrying a stylized picture of Hodgson Mill, are still available but now are produced by an Illinois-based company. The mill is closed to the public, but the roadside parking area in front of the overflowing mill pond is a perfect rest stop and picture backdrop. Photo by Karen Eubank. The original Rockbridge settlement, a few miles away from the present-day site, served as Ozark County’s first seat of government. After the town was destroyed by raiders during the Civil War, the post office reopened in 1867 at Rockbridge’s present site on Spring Creek off N Highway near the Douglas-Ozark County line. Rockbridge Mill was built here in 1892 by B. V. Morris, whose son, Frank, took over milling operations after his dad’s death in 1918. Lile and Edith Amyx and Dr. M. C. and India Amyx purchased the property in 1954 and launched Rainbow Trout Ranch, one of the Ozarks’ most successful and enduring resorts. Today, this picturesque, turcked-away attraction sits on 3,000 scenic acres, including 2 miles of sparkling clear Spring Creek stocked with rainbow trout from the resort’s own hatchery. A wide variety of lodging facilities is available plus a full-service restaurant that attracts diners from throughout the Ozarks. Resort guests enjoy the swimming pool, horseback trail rides and hiking trails, a sporting clays facility and, in season, guided hunts. For more information, call 417-679-3619 or visit courtesy of Rockbridge Rainbow Trout Ranch. Located 9 miles northeast of Gainesville on Highway 181, Zanoni Mill features a big, overshot water wheel powered by a hillside spring with a daily average flow estimated at 194,000 gallons. The current mill is the successor to earlier versions that have operated on the site since before the Civil War. A village grew up around the mill, including a general store and post office, a blacksmith shop and a cotton gin. Milling operations ended in 1951, but the general store and post office continued at Zanoni until owner A.P. Morrison’s death in 1969. Morrison’s daughter, Classy Shanks, then became postmaster and moved the post office a few miles southeast on Highway 181. Later Zanoni owners Dave and Mary Morrison built a large home they eventually adapted into a popular bed and breakfast; they also rebuilt the mill as a quaint site for special events. Today Zanoni Mill is owned by the Scott Mathews family, which operates the property as a working ranch but rents out the rebuilt mill building for special events. For information, call 417-679-0401 or email zanonimillranch@ Photo courtesy of Zanoni Mill.



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Lake Norfork 1. TECUMSEH PARK Highway 160, 5 miles east of Gainesville US Army Corps of Engineers 501-425-2760 See page 42 for more information This campground, located on the banks of Lake Norfork at Tecumseh, is open from April to September. Tecumseh Campground has seven campsites, drinking water, a boat launch ramp with parking and vault toilets. It features good fishing opportunities, especially in the spring months during the white bass run. 2. GAMALIEL PARK 53 Gamaliel Park Point Gamaliel, AR 72537 870-467-5680 Make reservations at Gamaliel Campground is located in the Bennett’s Bayou area of Lake Norfork. This campground features 64 campsites with electric hookups and accessible drinking water. Most



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sites are shaded beneath tall trees; others come equipped with canopies to shade the picnic tables. Most campsites do not have a view of the lake. A boat launch ramp, playground, swim beach, shower house, dump station and marina are also on site. A mile-long nature trail loops around the campground. 3. BAYOU RESORT 2325 Fout Road Gamaliel, AR 72537 870-467-5277 Bayou Resort, located on Lake Norfork at Gamaliel, features an RV park in addition to several cabins. Each RV site is on a level area with a concrete pad, picnic area and campfire ring and features water, sewer and electric (50 and 30 amp) hookup. The resort offers parking spaces for boats and trailers and free wifi. Trees in the RV park provide shade and privacy. The Bayou Resort facilities also include a laundry, pool, playground, convenience store and large covered group-gathering area.

4. ROCKY TOP CAMPGROUND 90 Easterday Loop Tecumseh, Missouri 65760 417-989-0668 See ad on page 46. Rocky Top Campground & Cabins is situated on 22 acres near Lake Norfork in Tecumseh. The campground features 20 sites with water and electrical hookups that can be utilized for tent or RV camping. Each site has 30- and 20amp electric plug-ins, a fire pit and a picnic table. Showers, toilets and a dump station are located on site. Eleven cabins are also available for rent. 5. UDALL PARK Off O Highway at Udall US Army Corps of Engineers 501-425-2760 The Udall Campground, located on the banks of Lake Norfork at Udall, is open from May 1 to Sept. 30. It features seven campsites, vault toilets, a sanitary dump station, drinking water and a boat launch ramp.


Bull Shoals Lake 6. PONTIAC CAMPGROUND Privately managed by Pontiac Cove Marina 563 Pontiac Cove Road Pontiac, Missouri 65729 417-679-3676 See ad on page 45. This campground, located on Bull Shoals Lake in Pontaic, features 38 campsites, flush toilets, showers, picnic pavilions, a dump station, drinking water, a boat launch ramp and access to the popular Pontiac bluffs, a popular jumping-off point (literally!) for fun-loving lake-goers. The campground is located within walking distance to the Pontiac Cove Marina and Just Jackie’s Restaurant. 7. OZARK ISLE CAMPGROUND Privately managed by Oakland Marina 9924 Oakland Road Oakland, Arkansas 72661 870-431-5381 The Oakland Marina offers both primitive camping and campsites with electric service in the scenic Ozark Isle area just across a causeway from the marina on Bull Shoals Lake. The area features 51 campsites amid on acres of natural land. Arkansas Parks & Tourism designated Ozark Isle as one of 92 wildlifeviewing areas in Arkansas. The campsite area includes picnic tables, grills, water spigots, a playground, flush toilets and a trash dumpster. 8. THEODOSIA PARK Highway 160, Theodosia US Army Corp of Engineers 501-425-2760 See page 40 for more information. Make reservations at This campground features 31 campsites with 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, flush toilets, showers, drinking water, a dump station, boat launch ramp, swimming area, playground, picnic shelters and a spacious view of Bull Shoals Lake. It’s situated alongside Theodosia Marina Resort and provides quick access to the shoreline, a sure asset for those who love the water. It’s open May 1–Sept. 30. 9. FORT COOK RV PARK 509 L.B. Cook Memorial Drive Theodosia, Missouri 65761 417-273-4444 See ad on page 3. Fort Cook RV Park is located within Theodosia Marina Resort on the banks of Bull Shoals Lake. The RV park features over 75 RV spots and tent campsites with water, electricity, hot



showers (not available in off season), picnic tables and bathroom facilities. TMR also has cabins and a lodge, a marina and Cookie’s Restaurant. 10. CEDAR HAVEN PARK US Highway 160 Theodosia, Missouri 65761 417-712-4443 Cedar Haven RV Park features RV sites and tent camping at the resort located 4 miles from Theodosia near Bull Shoals Lake. Cedar Haven guests have access to mini golf, a swimming pool, clean bathrooms, a restaurant and firewood for campfires. The 14 full hook-up pull-thru sites can accommodate 50-foot RVs. Sites have water, sewer and 50-amp service. 11. BUCK CREEK CAMPGROUND US Army Corp of Engineers 10600 State Highway 125 Protem, MO 65733 417-785-4313 Make reservations at This campground features 38 campsites with 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, flush toilets, showers, drinking water, a dump station, boat launch ramp, swim area, playground and picnic shelter. Many sites are fully or partially shaded. Buck Creek is located at Protem, where you can ride across Bull Shoals Lake to Peel, Arkansas, on the only operational public ferry boat left in the state of Arkansas. The ferry, which transports vehicles and passengers, operates from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The campground is open May 1 to Sept. 30. 12. HIGHWAY 125 PARK 321 Marina Dr. Peel, AR 72668 870-436-5390 Make reservations at This campground features 39 campsites with 50-amp electrical hookups, showers, flush toilets, drinking water, a dump station, designated swimming area and marina offering boat rentals. Many sites are fully or partially shaded. This park is minutes away from the Peel-Protem ferry, which can take you across the lake to Protem, Missouri (see above). This campground is open from April 1 - Oct. 31. RIVERSIDE CAMPGROUNDS

North Fork of the White River 13. TWIN BRIDGES CAMPGROUND HC 64 Box 2300 West Plains, MO 65775 417-256-7507 See ad on page 32. Twin Bridges Canoe & Campground features four separate camping areas on Spring Creek and the North Fork of the White River. In addition, a large wooded campsite overlooking the river provides individual or group camp options. Camp facilities include picnic tables, fire grills, firewood, hot showers, a dump station and flush toilets. RV sites have both 30amp and 50-amp service available. A volleyball court and acommunity fire ring on a gravel bar are available. Cabins and other lodging are also available and a restaurant operates on site. The resort rents canoes, tubes and kayaks. 14. HAMMOND CAMPGROUND Also known as North Fork Recreation Area Highway CC at the North Fork River Dora, Missouri Mark Twain National Forest 417-683-4428 See page 14 for more information. North Fork Recreation Area, known locally as Hammond Camp, offers 20 campsites near the North Fork of the White River. Each has a table, fire ring and tent pad. Drinking water and vault toilets and garbage collection are centrally located. Sites are most suitable for small travel trailers, but some can accommodate up to 34-foot RVs. Two campsites have electricity available – one is the host site. No water and sewer hookups are available at this location. The RV pedestal hookup is a 30-amp and also has a 110 outlet. The use of generators is not prohibited, but remember quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. 15. SUNBURST RANCH 776 County Road 352 Caulfield, MO 65626 417-284-3443 See ad on page 31. Sunburst Ranch, on the North Fork of the White River, features more than a mile of riverfront with primitive camping, RV sites, tent campsites with electricity, sleeper cabins, rental RVs and four full-service cabins. A modern bathhouse on site for campers has flush toilets, tiled floors and hot showers with private dressing areas. A volleyball court, tetherball and a 1-mile walking/jogging loop are also available. A camp store gives guests the option of buying supplies and souvenirs. Saturday morning breakfast and dinner can be purchased at the resort, which also rents canoes, tubes and kayaks, and provides shuttle services for those bringing their own boats.


CAMPING 16. BLAIR BRIDGE CAMPGROUND KK Highway/Country Road 354 Caulfield, MO 65626 Missouri Department of Conservation 417-256-7161 See page 27 for more information The campground, located on the banks of the North Fork of the White River at the public access point near Blair Bridge, features three primitive tent sites. Pit toilets and picnic tables are provided. 17. PATRICK BRIDGE CAMPGROUND H Highway Caulfield, MO 65626 Missouri Department of Conservation 417-256-7161 See page 27 for more information This campground, located on the banks of the North Fork of the White River at the public access point near Patrick Bridge, features 12 primitive campsites with picnic tables available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A gravel bar near this access is frequented by visitors in the summer months, and a short walk brings visitors to Althea Spring and its adjoining dam, where the waterfall is another popular water-play area.

cabins and other lodging options, as well as canoe, kayak and tube rentals. A general store offers ice cream, supplies and souvenirs. 20. RIVER OF LIFE FARM 1746 River of Life Drive Dora, MO 65637 417-261-7777 In addition to their famed tree house cabins situated along the Missouri Wild Trout Management Area of the North Fork of the White River, the River of Life Farm features a campground with a limited number of 50-amp RV hookups. Picnic tables and fire pits are provided in the campground, and bathroom facilities and a shower house are a short walk away. The resort is on 120 private acres and prides itself on having a quiet and relaxing environment. Canoe, kayak and tube rentals, guided fly fishing trips, and hiking are available. A small onsite restaurant overlooks the river.

18. PETIT’S CANOE RENTAL 403 County Road 356 Dora, MO 65637 417-284-3290 See ad on page 31. Pettit’s Canoe Rental, on the banks of the North Fork of the White River, offers campsite rentals to individuals who are also renting canoes, rafts, tubes and/or kayaks from the outfitter. The campsites are not available to rent by those not renting canoes. Campground amenities include flush toilets, hot showers, RV sites with electric/water, spacious camp areas, fire pits, picnic tables and complimentary firewood for small camp fires.

21. FLYING R RANCH HC 64 Box 6015 West Plains, MO 65775 417-469-2267 Flying R Ranch, just north of the Ozark County line in Douglas County, adjoins Mark Twain National Forest on three sides, and the North Fork of the White River flows through the property. The facility includes 59 RV sites with 50/30/20-amp hookups and water. Primitive campsites have a fire ring and picnic table. The ranch features horseback riding, a shower house, restrooms, a laundry room and a dump station. The property features a network of equestrian trails, and horseback riders can continue on into the national forest. Horse stalls can be rented on a nightly basis. The Hitch-N-Post store on site provides access to tack, camping supplies and snacks. Cabins and a bunkhouse are also available for visitors to rent.

19. DAWT MILL RESORT 8 Dawt Mill Drive Tecumseh, MO 65760 417-284-3540 See ad on page 30. Dawt Mill Resort features six RV sites that offer water, 20-amp electricity and sewer outlets. Those preferring to tent camp can choose from 25 sites. Campers can access water, the bath house, picnic tables and stationary grills. The sites are within walking distance to Henegar’s Grist Mill Restaurant, the Beach Bar cafe and the Gravel Bar. The resort also offers

22. LOST CABINS RESORT County Road 382 Dora, MO 65637 417-261-1409 Lost Cabins Resort is located on the North Fork of the White River below the Highway 14 access at Twin Bridges Canoe & Campground. The resort is situated along a quiet, secluded stretch of the river, and in addition to cabins, it also offers primitive campsites with picnic tables and a fire ring. The property features an updated shower house and restroom facility with a washer and dryer available for


guest use. A covered pavilion can be reserved for family gatherings. A playground, volleyball court and horseshoe pit provide recreation options for those staying, and the Mark Twain National Forest, bordering the Lost Cabins campground, provides extensive hiking and other outdoor opportunities. A large concrete access is great for launching canoes and kayaks, and for fishing or swimming.

OTHER CAMPGROUNDS IN OZARK COUNTY 23. CANEY MOUNTAIN CONSERVATION AREA Highway 181, 5 miles north of Gainesville Missouri Department of Conservation 417-256-7161 See page 10 for more information This 7,899-acre conservation area includes over 30 campsites in three separate areas. Maximum RV length is 24 feet. Caney Mountain Conservation Area offers visitors 20-plus miles of gravel roads, high vista overlooks, hiking trails, streams and picnic tables. 24. SADDLE CLUB GROUNDS Owned and managed by City of Gainesville Main Street Gainesville, MO 65655 417-679-4858 The Gainesville Saddle Club Grounds feature 48 RV sites that have 30- or 50-amp electric service, water and bathrooms. Events are held throughout the year by the Gainesville Saddle Club, and the sites provide a popular place for RV-ing Hootin an Hollarin attendees to stay. Those wishing to make reservations should call Gainesville City Hall at 417-679-4858. 25. CLOUD 9 RANCH 2810 Cloud 9 Drive Caulfield, MO 65626 417-284-7321 Cloud 9 Ranch is a camping and ATV resort based on a private membership system. Memberships provide owners with equally shared deeded equity in the nearly 6,500 acres of property. The resort features six full-service campgrounds, more than 150 miles of ATV trails, a restaurant, camper tow service, trading post, horseback riding, a gas station, laundromat, 24-hour security staff, gated entrance, ranger station, fire department, emergency first response team, storage for ATVs and campers and hunting and fishing privileges.


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Ozark Countians love to eat, and they know where to find good food, even in unlikely places such as supermarkets, convenience stores and gas stations as well as downhome cafes and beautiful, postcard-perfect lake- and riverside restaurants. 417 KITCHEN AND BBQ Highway 160, Theodosia, MO 417-255-6337 This casual restaurant is a popular breakfast spot for locals and is known far and wide for its custom-smoked barbecue and build-yourown burgers. The cafe is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday -Thursday; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday – Saturday and 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. ANTLER PIZZA AND PACKAGE Highway 5 north and Third Street Gainesville, MO 65655 417-679-4598 Famous for its pizza, the Antler also offers sandwiches, seafood, steaks and other dinner specials. The restaurant also has a full bar and popular evening karaoke sessions. BULLSEYE STATIONS Highways 5 north & 160 and First Street Gainesville, MO 65655 417-679-4666; 417-679-2527 These two convenience-store gas stations, less than 1/4 mile apart, serve popular American fast-food choices including pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches, chicken strips, potato wedges and corndogs. See ad on page 47. CACTUS RIDGE RESORT CATINA Highway W Price Place, Arkansas, south of Pontiac 417-679-3775 This seasonal pub at the Cactus Ridge Resort offers pizza and snacks, cold beer, wine and sodas in a friendly atmosphere. Call first to confirm hours. See ad on page 45. CASH SAVER PANTRY Highway 160 Theodosia, MO 417-273-4784 This full-service supermarket includes a deli that sells a variety of sandwich fixings, famous fried chicken and picnic supplies. Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. See Theodosia Marina Resort ad on page 3. CAULFIELD SUBWAY Highway 160, Caulfield, MO 417-284-1434


The world’s largest submarine sandwich chain has two Ozark County outlets. This one is next to the Bullseye convenience store in Caulfield. (The other is next to Bullseye at Highways 160 and 5 in Gainesville.) See ad on page 68. THE CENTER Highway 5 just north of the city limits Gainesville, MO 65655 417-679-4746 A hot lunch and salad bar are served weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the renamed Ozark County Senior Center. See the Ozark County Times for each week’s menus and special dining fundraiser events. COOKIE’S RESTAURANT Off Highway 160 Theodosia, MO 417-273-4444 Home cooking at its best, including sandwiches, plate dinners, seafood, steaks, salads and buffet. Friday night’s prime rib is a weekly tradition for many locals. Dessert is a must, and diners may have a rough time choosing between the wide variety of homemade pies and Nadine Cook’s famous carrot cake. The restaurant overlooks beautiful Bull Shoals Lake and is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. SundayThursday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed December-January. See Theodosia Marina Resort ad on page 3.

DANO #1 Highway 160 at Norfork Lake Tecumseh, MO 417-284-1400 Biscuits-and-gravy breakfasts, and grab-andgo choices the rest of the day: pizza, chicken wings and chicken bites, BBQ and Landshire microwave sandwiches. DAWT MILL RESORT Highway 160 via Highway PP to County Road 339 Tecumseh, MO This landmark riverside resort offers a variety of dining choices during the summer season: Henegar’s Grist Mill restaurant features family dining as well as scheduled Chef’s Table fine-dining experiences featuring tableside preparation. Ice cream and sandwiches are served in Sawyer’s Deli (inside the general store), and the Beach Bar open-air cafe overlooking the river serves up burgers, fries and other casual offerings. See ad on page 30. DEB & LOU’S CAFE Downtown square Gainesville, MO 65655 417-679-0048

Old-fashioned, downhome food featuring daily specials and locally loved hamburgers and desserts. Open Monday-Saturday for breakfast and lunch. THE DINNER BELL 9647 Highway 125 Protem, MO 417-785-4240 This little cafe, just north of the Peel (Arkansas) Ferry, features quality home-cooking for breakfast and lunch. Famous for their fried pies, daily lunch specials and friendly service, the Dinner Bell is a gathering place for locals and visitors to nearby Bull Shoals Lake. Open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week in spring and summer. THE FALLS RESTAURANT Located at River of Life Farms 1746 River of Life Drive, off Highway 181 south of Dora, MO 417-261-7777 This off-the-beaten-path resort on the North Fork of the White River offers a seasonal (Valentine’s Day through first weekend in November) restaurant that serves up homemade breakfasts and by-reservation-only dinners created by chef Bob Davis to please a wideranging clientele including day-trippers as well as guests at the resort’s treehouse cabins. The summertime menu includes a Friday night fish fry and Saturday night ribs and wings. Other nights, Davis creates such favorites as blackened salmon or Parmesan baked catfish. Call first to verify each evening’s menu. GAINESVILLE SUBWAY Highways 160 and 5 north Gainesville, MO 65655 417-679-2527 The world’s largest sub sandwich chain has two Ozark County outlets. This one is next to the Bullseye convenience store. (The other is on Highway 160 at Caulfield.) See ad, page 68. HAYES GROCERY 212 Highway 101 Bakersfield, MO 417-284-3339 Landshire microwave sandwiches. HITCHING POST CAFE Highway 101 just south of Highway 160 Caulfield, MO 417-284-3847 The bestseller at this downhome diner is its open-face roast-beef sandwich served with mashed potatoes and gravy. Other popular offerings include plate lunches, and hamburgers


and fries. Open Tuesday-Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday. HUNGRY BEAR Inside the Treasure Gallery antique mall n Highway 160, Theodosia, MO 417-273-4411 Diners enjoy a warm, welcoming atmosphere at this quaint little cafe featuring daily plate lunch specials, custom-built sandwiches, salads and build-your-own burritos. Times staffers advise saving room for dessert, which is handmade daily. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. JUST JACKIE’S Highway W at Pontiac campground Pontiac, MO 65729 417-679-2593 A seasonal café in the Pontiac campground off Highway W in Pontiac that’s a mecca for lakegoing tourists and locals alike. Folks come for the pizza, sandwiches (especially the Landing Burger) and basket combos plus beer, wine and soda. Indoor and outdoor dining areas. Call to confirm hours. LOST WOODS GOLF COURSE 131 Lost Woods Drive Theodosia, MO 65761 417-273-4877 Unwind with your favorite beverage from a fully stocked bar or enjoy a quick meal at the restaurant at Lost Woods Golf Course. Offerings range from burgers and fries to nachos, brats, chicken strips and similar fare. The restaurant is open seasonally beginning in March. MILLER’S ONE STOP Highways 160 and J Tecumseh, MO 417-679-4243 This humble-looking gas station is wellknown locally for its huge ice cream cones. It also serves up made-to-order deli sandwiches along with Polish sausage, hamburgers, jumbo hotdogs and pizza. See ad on page 38. THE PIONEER STORE Highway 125 Protem, MO 417-785-4115 This general store, featuring deli sandwiches, pizza and everything you need to stock your cooler for camping and boating, is a must-stop for travelers on their way to Bull Shoals Lake. Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. PORTER’S GARAGE AND CAFE Highway 5, Squires, MO 417-683-2523 The legendary Theta Porter, a one-woman

show who’s nearly 90, has been serving up home-cooked breakfast and lunches since 1960. Besides hearty breakfasts and homestyle sandwich lunches, loyal customers say Porter makes some of the best pies on earth. Open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. THE RANCH HOUSE Highway 5 at the Arkansas-Missouri line Gainesville, MO 65655 417-679-0328 This restaurant and bar draws folks from (at least) two states with its tasty barbecue and especially its Friday night prime rib specials. Live music on some nights. ROCKBRIDGE TROUT RANCH Off N Highway northwest of Gainesville Rockbridge, MO 417-679-3619 A tucked-away gem, famous throughout the region, this resort’s restaurant is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week throughout the year. Fisherfolk guests can catch their own rainbow trout to be prepared one of 20 different ways in the Rockbridge kitchen or opt to order off the menu, which also includes steaks, sandwiches and plate dinners. Grilled cinnamon rolls are a popular breakfast item. And for dessert, try one of the homemade cobblers or order an “Edith special” (a grilled chocolate bar sandwich). Reservations recommended. See ad on page 86. ROY’S STORE Highway 181, Dora, MO 417-261-2810 A magnet for hungry locals and river-floating tourists, Roy’s serves breakfast, lunch and supper offering a wide variety of custom-made home-cooked meals, sandwiches, burgers and baskets. Times staffers love the catfish – and oh, those homemade pies! See ad on page 30. SPERANZA Highway 160, Theodosia, MO 417-273-2083 This quaint little coffee shop and bakery features artisan coffees, homemade pastries, fudge and candy, and hand-dipped ice cream, along with healthy lunch combos. Open Wednesday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. THEODOSIA BULLSEYE STATION Highway 160, Theodosia, MO 417-273-5502 This popular convenience store is much more than meets the eye. Featuring hand-breaded fish, chicken, jojos and more, the parking lot is generally full at lunch- and dinnertime. The staff may be proudest of their pizza that features a special homemade crust. Breakfast selections include a variety of breakfast sandwiches and, of course, biscuits and gravy.

Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. See ad on page 47. THREE-LEGGED MULE 12015 Highway 101 south of Highway 160 Caulfield, MO 417-284-3991 This casual, evenings-only (except Saturdays) restaurant is known for its one-pound Alaskan burger for two as well as its crowd-pleasing pizza plus other sandwiches, wings, salads with homemade dressings and weekend specials. And that homemade hot sauce is to die for! Open 4 – 9 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, and noon – 9 p.m. Saturday. TONY’S PIZZA 9752 Highway 125, Protem, MO 417-785-4405 This restaurant’s signature pizzas, based on traditional family recipes, are all prepared with fresh, hand-tossed dough. In addition to pizza, Tony’s also offers a wide variety of sandwiches, Mexican entrees, appetizers, pasta and steak. For dessert, try their buttery cinnamon sticks drizzled with icing. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. See ad on page 38. TOWN & COUNTRY SUPERMARKET Main Street south of the square Gainesville, MO 65655 417-679-4584 Made-to-order sub sandwiches are available in the deli, and the hot bar features a changing variety of fried foods plus on-site smoked ribs. Breakfast, lunch or supper choices may be eaten at tables in the baking goods aisle. See ad on page 69. TWIN BRIDGES BAR & CAFE at Hghways 181 & 14, Dora, MO 417-256-7507, Twin Bridges Canoe & Campground operates this bar and grill at the resort on the North Fork of the White River. The patio deck out back is a relaxing spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu offers BBQ ribs, brisket and pulled pork in addition to burgers and other fare. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, and Tuesday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Mondays except for Memorial Day, Labor Day and the Monday after the Fourth of July. See ad on page 32. VFW POST #5366 Highway 160 to HH, Isabella, MO 417-273-5008 The VFW Kitchen is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and offers a variety of specials each week, in addition to burgers and sandwiches.

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Caney Mountain Conservation Area includes 6,599 acres of public hunting (see page 10), while Rippee Conservation Area provides another 419 acres and the Mark Twain National Forest features another 38,000 acres of public land. To find out more about these areas and others, call the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Ozark Regional Office at 417-2567161 and the Ava-Cassville-Willow Springs district office of the Mark Twain National Forest at 417-683-4428.


Rockbridge Rainbow Trout Ranch (see pages 49 and 86) offers whitetail deer, wild turkey and other small game hunts on its 3,000acre resort. Find out more at rockbridgemo. com or by calling 417-679-3619. The Hunting Grounds in Caulfield offers all-inclusive hunting packages on their 1,500-acre ranch that boats a superior breeding and genetics program. They also feature exotic hunts and nonnative species including elk, mule deer, red stag and others. Find our more at or by calling 314-803-3464. Devils Backbone Wilderness Outfitters provides guided deer- and turkey-hunting trips on Devils

Backbone Wilderness public land and on their own private 1,500 acres. Learn more at www., search for it on Facebook or calling 417-261-2606.


You can buy hunting permits online at huntfish., over the phone by calling 800-392-4115, through the smartphone app “MO Hunting,” at any Missouri Department of Conservation office or from more than a thousand vendors around the state.


Caney Mountain Conservation Area features three public shooting ranges, one archery range, one rifle/handgun range and one blackpowder range. The archery range and the blackpowder range are located near the main entrance off Highway 181. The rifle/handgun range is located off the Caney Mountain entrance off Highway 5 north of Gainesville.


Ozark County boasts ample hunting opportunity for hunting other species as well, including rabbit, squirrel, quail, dove, waterfowl, frogs and coyotes.



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September 21-23, 2017 THREE DAYS OF HILLBILLY HERITAGE AND GOOD, OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY FUN Ozark County’s Hootin an Hollarin festival has been drawing families, friends and visitors together on the Gainesville square for more than 50 years. The beloved event celebrates old-fashioned traditions and highlights downhome country music all day and into the night. Square dancers swirl under the lights, accompanied by some of the best Ozarks fiddlers and strummers. A wide variety of contests – turtle races, turkey (target) shoots, a quilt show, outhouse and bed races and such silliness as hog- and husband-calling contests – keep the laughter and adrenaline flowing. And through it all, a huge outdoor craft fair offers the cleverest handmade items imaginable.

A QUEEN AND HER COURT Hootin an Hollarin begins late in the afternoon on the third Thursday in September with an old-fashioned outdoor gospel sing. Everyone’s welcome to listen or join in. Then comes one of the festival’s most popular events: the Hootin an Hollarin queen contest when teen girls from all over the county, clad in their best old-time dresses, share tales of sweet family memories and goofy hillbilly shenanigans. At the end of the pageant, 2016 Hootin an Hollarin queen


Ryia Hoversen (pictured, top left) will crown the 2017 winner.

...AND A PASSEL OF CUTE YOUNG’UNS Area schools let out early on the afternoon of the third Friday in September, and everybody from babies to great-grandmas dress up in their hillbilly best for the costume parade and contest. Next, little boys and girls (pictured backstage, bottom left) charm the crowd as contestants in the Lil Cedar Pete and Lil Miss Addie Lee contest, followed by the Hootin an Hollarin princess pageants.

WHAT? YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A RACING OUTHOUSE BEFORE? Well, get yourself down to the Gainesville square when the outhouse races (pictured above) streak down the street. They follow the same route as the bed races, another crowdpleasing event. Check out the schedule in the Hootin an Hollarin magazine (published the week before Hootin an Hollarin by the Ozark County Times). And make sure you’re on time for the Hootin an Hollarin pet show Saturday morning and the Big Parade Saturday afternoon. There’s so much to see and do (and hear and eat and enjoy) at Hootin an Hollarin, you’ll sure to have a hillbilly good time!


The Ozark County Historium salutes

Heroes from the Hills

Neighbors gathered at Carroll Beasley’s place near Romance on Feb. 23, 1918 to serve dinner in honor of four boys about to leave for war: Edgar Beasley, Rena Robinson, Deggie Cantrell and Fred Eslinger. About 200 people, including four Civil War veterans, were present for the send-off. The Ozark County Times reported that “the evening was spent in singing.”

The Ozark County Historium celebrates patriotism in any generation. In 2017, we recognize the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War, when many of our ancestors left the comforting hills and hollers of Ozark County and ventured to parts unknown in service to their country. We salute those valiant young men who bravely set off to fight and die in defense of our liberty. Coming later this spring: A book to be published by the Historium will offer stories of Ozark County residents’ World War I experiences at home and abroad, including photos and memories shared in letters and family reminiscences. Order through our website or pick up a copy when you visit. We welcome those looking into their Ozark County history, including ancestors’ records of service and family connections here.

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Whether the hills are ablaze with vibrant fall foliage, as they are in this photo taken by former Times reporter Bruce Roberts, or decorated with dogwood blossoms that seem to glow amid the bare, early spring forests, there’s no better way to explore the scenic beauty of the Ozarks than by hitting the roads and highways to admire the breathtaking vistas and hiddenback hollows. Load up the minivan, put the top down on the convertible, or hop on your motorcycle. Here are some of our favorite drives.



Rolling countryside, dramatic vistas, historic mills and endless beauty inspire awe on scenic drives through Ozarks OZARK COUNTY MILL TOUR

63 miles, approximate drivetime 2.5 hours Ozark County is home to five historic grist mills (see page 49), and many visitors enjoy a driving tour to visit them. Here’s a route that lets you see the four mills on the west side of the county. A fifth mill, Hammond, on County Road 855 off D Highway south of Thornfield, has been converted to a private residence. Directions: Starting from the Gainesville square, head east on Highway 160 to Highway 181. Travel several miles on Highway 181, going past the Caney Mountain Conservation Area and continuing to N Highway. Head north on N for 10-12 miles, crossing Highway 95 and continuing on N Highway to County Road 142 (watch for the Rockbridge sign). After Rockbridge, return to N Highway and retrace your route back to Highway 181. Turn left (east) and drive along the ridge and down the steep Zanoni Hill. Zanoni Mill is on the left (north) side of the highway at the bottom of the hill and is viewable from the highway. Continue on 181 another 5 miles or so, and shortly after crossing Bryant Creek, you’ll see Hodgson Mill on the right (east) side of the road. Enjoy a rest stop and head on to Dawt Mill by continuing northeast on Highway 181 to its junction with H Highway. Turn right (south) on H and continue to PP Highway. Turn onto PP, and a mile or so after crossing the North Fork of the White River, turn right (west) onto County Road 318 at Clear Springs Church. Dawt is about a mile down the road. To return to Gainesville, get back on PP and continue southeast to Highway 160. Turn right (west) on 160 and drive about 11 miles.


70 miles, approximate drivetime 3.5 hours A trip to the Ozarks isn’t complete without a ride over the Glade Top Trail (see page 12), Missouri’s first National Forest Scenic Byway. The 23-mile gravel roadway offers travelers glimpses of some of the most spectacular panoramic views in Missouri. This drive is particularly scenic during the fall months when the leaves have changed color and the Ava Chamber of Commerce sponsors the “Flaming Fall Revue” event along the trail. The Caney Picnic Area, about halfway, is a nice place to stop and enjoy a packed lunch, a beautiful view and a breath of mountain air. Continue on to the trail’s end near the Longrun community and drive on to Theodosia to view Bull Shoals Lake before returning to Gainesville.


Directions: Starting from the Gainesville square, head north on Highway 5 for 27 miles into Douglas County. Turn left onto Douglas County Highway A a few miles south of Ava. (Be careful not to turn onto Ozark County Highway A, which is just north of Highway 95 south of Wasola). Continue on Douglas County Highway A for 3.6 miles. Turn left onto County Road 409 at the sign for Glade Top Trail. Follow the signs along the 23-mile trail. At the trail’s end, you can return the way you came. Or, at Wolf Junction, where the trail splits, bear left on Forest Service Road 147 for about 2 miles. The gravel road will turn to hard surface Highway 95 near Longrun. Turn right onto 95 and drive 1.5 miles to Highway 160. Turn left and continue for about 20 miles back to Gainesville. You will cross Theodosia Bridge over Bull Shoals Lake about 3 miles after turning onto Highway 160.

BRANSON VIA HIGHWAY 160 60 miles, approximate drivetime 1.5 hours

Visitors either love or hate the trip from Gainesville to Branson over crooked, hilly Highway 160. A favorite of sports car and motorcycle enthusiasts, this drive features endless hairpin curves and long-stretches of national forest beauty. It isn’t the best option for those who suffer from car sickness or are driving large RVs. Once in Branson, visit the Silver Dollar City theme park, watch one of the many show offerings or visit The Landing in downtown Branson for shopping and dining. College of the Ozarks, nicknamed “Hard Work U,” is in nearby Point Lookout. The university operates on a unique system in which all students work on campus, and debt is openly discouraged. CofO’s Keeter Center is a favorite restaurant (keetercenter. edu for hours and directions). Directions: Starting from the Gainesville square, head west on Highway 160 and continue 45 miles to the junction of Highway 76 west near Forsyth. Turn left onto 76 and continue 12 miles to Branson.


194 miles, approximate drivetime 4 hours A little south of the Missouri border in Arkansas is the beautiful Buffalo National River near the towns of Ponca and Jasper. A favorite day-trip for locals, this area features massive towering bluffs, countless waterfalls, a beautiful river and one of the largest elk herds in the area. Visitors can check out nearby trails including Whittaker’s Point trail to the widely photographed

Hawksbill Crag formation. Visit the Ponca Elk Education Center, canoe the scenic river or watch for elk. Autumn early mornings and sunsets are particularly good times to view them. Directions: Starting from Gainesville, head south on Highway 5 into Arkansas. Continue 20 miles, and in Midway, Arkansas, turn right onto Highway 126 and drive about 7 miles to Highway 62/412 west. Turn right and drive 67 miles on this road and then take Highway 43 south to Ponca. Take a rest stop in Ponca. Then turn onto Arkansas Highway 74 east and continue 14 miles to Jasper, Arkansas. From Jasper, take Arkansas Highway 7 north for 13 miles back to Highway 412. Turn right and continue 40 miles back to Gassville, where you’ll turn left onto Arkansas Highway 126. Continue to Highway 5 north in Midway which will return you to Gainesville.


93 miles, approximate drivetime 2.5 hours The Blue Buck Scenic Byway serves up picturesque views of farmland, valleys, creeks and rolling hills. While you’re in the area, take a side trip to Noblett Lake (see page 17). This drive cuts through thick forests of mixed hardwoods and shortleaf pines intermixed with open pastureland. Points of interest include Indian Creek Overlook, Blue Buck Overlook, Noblett Lake Receration Area and Blue Hole Trailhead, where visitors can access the Ridgerunner and Ozark trails. Directions: Starting from Gainesville, take Highway 160 east to Highway 181. Turn left onto Highway 181 and continue 25 miles, paying close attention to the way Highway 181 zigzags onto and then off a section of Highway 14 north of Dora). Turn right onto AP Highway, where the byway begins. Continue on Blue Buck Knob Scenic Byway for 24 miles until it ends at back at Highway 14. Turn right onto Highway 14 and drive about 11 miles. Highway 14 overlays a section of Highway 181, then 181 peels off to the left (south). Drive about 20 miles and turn right onto Highway 160 west and continue back to the Gainesville square.

EXPLORE THE BACKROADS Some of the best Ozarks scenery is off the beaten track. So fill up the gas tank, check the tires, pack a lunch and explore the winding, rollercoaster roadways of Ozark County. Endless beauty is waiting just around the bend.



APOSTOLIC Clark Apostolic Pentecostal Church From Wasola, go south on Hwy. 95 for 1.9 miles, turn right on County Road 952 and go .3 miles, then turn left onto County Road 950 and go 1.3 miles. Turn right across the bridge to reach the church. ASSEMBLY OF GOD First Assembly of God Bakersfield • 284-3149 Mammoth Assembly of God T Highway, Mammoth • 679-4460 Theodosia Lighthouse Assembly Theodosia • 273-4583

Noble General Baptist Church 1 mile west of Highway 5 on A Highway, Noble Oak Grove General Baptist Highway 5 in Wasola Romance General Baptist Church Route Y east of Highway 5 north at Romance Salem General Baptist Church 5 miles west of Theodosia on Highway 160 at Ocie • 417-273-4003 Thornfield Baptist Church (SBC) Highway 95 in Thornfield

BAPTIST Anew Church (contemporary) North side of Gainesville square 417-543-4248 or 417-989-0872

Thornfield General Baptist Church Highway 95 in Thornfield

Bakersfield First Baptist Bakersfield • 284-1272 or 284-8320

CATHOLIC St. William’s Catholic Highway 160 and MM in Gainesville 417-679-4804

Bethany Baptist Church 3 1/2 miles north of Dora on Highway 181 • 417-261-2370 Bridges Creek Missionary Baptist Elijah Brushy Knob General Baptist 5 miles north of Gainesville on Highway 181 • 417-225-8527 Clear Springs General Baptist Tecumseh • Highway PP and CR 318 near Dawt • 417-274-1811 Frontier Baptist 385 County Road 609, Pontiac 417-679-2933

True Hope General Baptist Church Highway 160 in Theodosia • 265-3490

CHRISTIAN DISCIPLES OF CHRIST First Christian Church Highway 160 east of Gainesville square • 417-679-3520 CHURCH OF CHRIST Bakersfield Church of Christ Highway 101 in Bakersfield Ball Church of Christ On Highway 181 just south of Highway H near Dora • 417-284-3745

Souder Church of Christ 1 mile north of Route 95 at Souder CHURCH OF GOD Needmore Church of God Highway 181, 1 mile west of H Highway near Dora • 417-261-2150 Zion Assembly Church of God Gainesville • on AA Highway 3.8 miles east of Highway 181 (Pentecostal) LUTHERAN Faith Evangelical Lutheran Highway 160, Isabella • 417-273-4591 Missouri Synod METHODIST Pleasant Hill (“Seedtick”) First Congregational Methodist • Highway 181 at Sycamore • 417-261-2213 Theodosia United Methodist Church Highway 160 in Theodosia • 273-4312 NON-DENOMINATIONAL Bakersfield Full Gospel Church The Bridge Highway 160 next to Cash Saver Pantry in Theodosia • 417-273-2032 Dugginsville Community Church P Highway in Dugginsville The Fountain In commercial plaza on Hwy. 160 in in Thedosia • 417-989-0369 Full Gospel Tabernacle Off Highway MM in Gainesville

Barren Fork Church of Christ 8 miles north of Gainesville off Highway 5

Hilltop Victory Chapel Highway 95 in Thornfield • 265-3585

Gainesville First Baptist (SBC) Third Street west of the Gainesville square

Dawt Church of Christ 5 1/2 miles north of Tecumseh via PP Highway and CF 318 at Dawt

Longrun Community Church Highway 95 at Longrun

Hawkins Ridge General Baptist Bakersfield • Hwy. EE, off Highway O between Udall and Bakersfield

Elijah Church of Christ V Highway at Elijah

Mission Square Church 100 Hillside Drive off Highway 160 in Gainesville • 417-372-1002

Gainesville Church of Christ Highway 160 east of Gainesville square • 417-679-3729

Old Shiloh Church D Highway, Thornfield

Odom Church of Christ 7 miles south of Dora on H Highway

Price-Place Community Church 1 1/2 mile south of the Pontiac post office on W Highway • Pontiac

Pine Ridge Church of Christ Highway 95 2 miles west of N Highway at Souder

Sweeten Pond Community Church on Highway 181 1 mile north of Dora

Protem Church of Christ, Protem

Thornfield House of Prayer 6 miles south of Wasola on Highway 95

Lakeland Baptist Church Highway 160, Theodosia • 273-5816 Liberty General Baptist 9849 Highway 160 in Isabella 417-380-6263 Lilly Ridge General Baptist County Road 513 off Highway 160 east of Gainesville • 417-679-3365 Mount Lebanon General Baptist 1 mile west of Highway 95 at Foil

Smith Chapel Church of Christ N Highway 2 miles north Highway 181 between Zanoni and Brixey

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To have your business included in future editions of The Real Ozarks magazine, contact Ozark County Times advertising manager Jennifer Yarger at 417-679-4641 or Accountants Paul Wade & Associates........................71 Thomas & Douglas CPA.......................79 Attorneys Pointer Law Office.................................65 Automotive repair and sales 160 Pit Stop...........................................39 Boyd Garrison Enterprise.....................55 Bumper to Bumper................................39 Duke’s Truck Repair...............................38 Dustin’s Body Shop................................38 E.J. RV Sales..........................................50 H&W Automotive..................................50 Nash & Sons Auto Sales .......................37 Theodosia Tire & Lube............................38 West Plains Auto World.........................39 Banking Arvest Bank...........................................44 Century Bank of the Ozarks...................88 First Home Bank....................................24

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News Ozark County Times.............................83

Farm Supply Edgeller and Harper...............................57 Gainesville Ag Supply...........................75 Hirsch Feed & Farm Supply...................74 Lynch Equipment..................................75

Pharmacy Court Square Pharmacy........................64 Theodosia Pharmacy.............................61

Funeral homes/monuments Clinkingbeard Funeral Home................65 Chaney Monument Works....................65 Gifts House of Angels...................................50 Grocery stores Cash Saver Pantry..................................3 Town & Country Supermarket.................69 Golf Lost Woods Golf Course .......................60

Cabinet makers Tecumseh Cabinet Company................32

Hair salon Michelle’s Shear Artistry........................68

Cell phone The Cellular Connection (verizon).........76

Hardware supply stores Mansfield Home Center.........................23 Theodosia Hardware.............................55

Chamber of Commerce Ozark County Chamber.........................48 Theodosia Area Chamber.....................46 Churches First Baptist Church..............................51 First Christian Church..........................51 Frontier Baptist Church........................50 Theodosia United Methodist Church.....51 Clothing C&K Clothing.........................................55 Curtis Dept. Stores................................79 Hirsch Feed & Farm Supply..................74 Monty’s Outdoors..................................55 Construction Morgan Construction & Repair..............56 RAJ Construction..................................44 Taber Construction................................22 Winrod Brothers Construction...............24

Heating and A/C Repair Done Right Heat and Air........................22 Whiddon’s Air & Electrical.....................76 Home Furnishings/home goods Butler Furniture......................................45 Longdollar Furniture & Appliance..........70 Village Carpet Shop..............................70 Insurance Absolute Insurance Services .................68 Wallace Insurance.................................83 Lawn and Garden 160 Lawn & Garden...............................56 Marinas Pontiac Cove Resort..............................45 Theodosia Marina Resort........................3

Dental Chris Geroff, DDS.................................61 Guy Resch............................................64

Medical Baxter Regional Medical Center...........85 Gainesville Health Care Center.............63 Gainesville Medical Clinic.....................63 Theodosia Family Medical....................61 MO Ozarks Community Health.............62 Ozark Independent Living....................64 Ozark Independent Living, in home services............................62 Ozarks Medical Center...........................2

Excavating MLH & Sons Sand & Gravel .................56

Museum Ozark County Historium.........................78

Convenience stores Bullseye...............................................47 Boyd Garrison Enterprise....................55 Miller’s One Stop..................................38 Roy’s Store...........................................30

Politician State Rep. Lyle Rowland ......................79 Printing King Co. Printing....................................71 Propane suppliers MFA Oil.................................................71 West Plains Propane.............................56 Real Estate Living the Dream Realty..........................8 Missouri Ozarks Realty............................4 Ozark County Realty..............................22 Ozarks Realty 4 U...................................8 Ozark Waterways Real Estate...............22 Park Place Realty...................................87 Sierra Ozarks Corp...............................44 United Country Willow Springs..............73 Recreation/Resorts/Lodging Biltmore Resort......................................46 Cactus Ridge Resort.............................45 Dawt Mill Resort.....................................30 Lost Cove Resort...................................45 Noland Point Resort...............................47 Pettit’s Canoe Rental..............................31 Pontiac Cove Resort..............................45 Ridgewood Resort.................................48 Rockbridge Trout Ranch.......................86 Rocky Top Resort...................................46 Sunburst Ranch.....................................31 Taylormade River Treks.........................37 Theodosia Marina Resort........................3 Twin Bridges Canoe/Camp...................32 Restaurants Cookie’s Restaurant.................................3 Dawt Mill Resort....................................30 Rockbridge Rainbow Trout Ranch.........86 Roy’s Store.............................................30 Tony’s Pizza House................................68 Twin Bridges Bar and Cafe....................32 Subway..................................................68 Utilities Howell Oregon Electric Co-op..............76 Well Drilling Cooper Well Drilling...............................76 Pearson Pump......................................59 Woodworking Morning Dove.......................................83



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