Forests and State Parks of the Ozarks
If camping, hiking, fishing, biking and other outdoor adventures are how you like to spend your vacation, the Ozarks will offer you many opportunties to fill your desires.
More detailed information about each location is found on the regional pages.
Springfield Conservation Nature Center Nearly three miles of wooded trails through different ecosystems. Displays, exhibits inside Nature Center building. 4601 S. Nature Center Way, Springfield 417-888-4237.
Little Sac Woods Conservation Area 800 acres for hiking, wildlife viewing. Camp and picnic; hunting allowed in season. 10 miles north of Springfield. 417-895-6880.
Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area 18-mile trail system for hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders. Primitive camping by permit only; picnic areas always available. Unstaffed firearms shooting range. 18 miles south of Springfield. call 417-895-6880.
The Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area 1,534-acre tract open for hiking and bird watching. Steep hillsides; Roark Creek crosses the land. Not a heavily used area. Branson.
Table Rock State Park Camping areas with easy lake access, a marina, SCUBA diving excursions and trails . 5272 St. Hwy 165, Branson.
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park A privately owned 10,000 acre park. Plenty of activities;overnight log cabins are available. Entry and activity fees. 2038 W MO Hwy 86, Lampe. 417-779-5983
Drury-Mincy Conservation Area Camping, fishing, birding, hiking and hunting in season in this 5,599-acre conservation area. County Road J40., east of Branson. Borders Bull Shoals Reservoir.
Roaring River State Park World class trout fishing, splendid scenery and hiking trails through the woods. Camping and lodging available; summer swimming pool for cooling off. Cassville. 417-847-2539
Lake of the Ozarks State Park Campsites and rental cabins, including yurts. Miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding. Sandy beaches with picnic areas and playground. State owned show cave in the park.
HaHaTonka State Park Extensive hiking trails, and a stone castle ruin high on a bluff. Small caves, enormous spring. Stunning natural formations. Camdenton.
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area 12,056-acre park located between Beaver Lake and War Eagle Creek. Hike, boat, fish, and hunt in season. Sites of historical interest. 24 miles of undeveloped trails. 20201 E. Highway 12, Rogers. 479-789-5000.
Withrow State Park War Eagle Creek flows through the park; canoe and kayak rentals available. Camping. Hiking trails. Swimming pool in summer. Off Rt. 23, Huntsville. 479-559-2593
Devil's Den State Park A creek flows through the park, dammed to create Lake Devil. Campgrounds, and rustic stone and wood cabins for rent. Summer swimming pool and a park cafe. Trails for hikers, bikers, horseback riders. 479-761-3325.
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park One mile walking trail; five-mile self-guided driving tour. Historic structures in the Ozark Village. Museum and visitors' center. Geocache Tour, which is a 15-point virtual cache tour. 506 East Douglas Street,Prairie Grove. 479-846-2990.
Ozarks National Forest More than a million acres of forest, easily accessible from anyplace in the I-540 Corridor.
The Buffalo River, Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Mammoth Springs State Park and the Ozark Folk Center State Park are all found in this region.