Ozark National Scenic Riverways Alley Spring and Mill

West Plains, Missouri 65775

Ozark National Scenic Riverways Alley Spring and Mill

Ozark National Scenic Riverways: Alley Spring and Mill Professional Guide

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"This little trail packs a lot of scenery into 2 miles. You’ll be immersed in beauty every step of the way. Alley Spring, managed by the National Park Service, is a deep blue and ?ows across beautiful rocky cascades into Alley Branch. Alley Mill is a fantastic structure and well worth a look inside if it’s open when you visit. In addition to the paved routes around the schoolhouse and mill, you’ll get a dose of trail hiking on the Overlook and Alley Branch Trails.

The trail begins at the kiosk on the northeast side of the parking area. Follow the sidewalk north 0.1 mile, then take a short spur to a one-room schoolhouse on your left. Return to the main path, turning left then right to cross a bridge leading to Alley Mill. The paved path leads to the left (west) side of the mill, coming quickly to an intersection. Turn left and take the unpaved Overlook Trail. The trail switchbacks up the hill. Admire this beautifully designed trail."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Missouri Ozarks (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler Tanner
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"Located just minutes from the small base camp town of Eminence Alley Spring offers nature lovers an ideal spot to spend an hour or an entire day. Alley Spring offers a picnic area, historic buildings, horseback riding trails, and hiking trails." Read more

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Trail Information

West Plains
Nearby City
2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
651 feet
Trailhead Elevation
847 feet
Top Elevation
Ozark National Scenic Riverways, 573-323-4236, nps.gov/ozar
Local Contacts
USGS Alley Spring
Local Maps

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Dec 2018