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Mark Twain National Forest

Day 5 – Springs of the Missouri Ozarks



There was only one other camper at the campgrounds when I pulled in last night.  It made me a little nervous when he asked if I was alone.  I promptly said my dogs were with me.  His next sentence was, “if you need anything, let me know.  I’m going to the lake.”  He had a nice boat and it turns out he was most concerned with fishing.  He fished last night and this morning before I left.  A few more campers also trickled in, so that added comfort to my evening’s choice.  For such a nice lake, I was surprised to not see more people, but I think its downfalls were the noisy trucks trying to make it up the two lane road nearby and the fact there weren’t individual water hookups.

Best Springs to Visit in the Missouri Ozarks

Grand Gulf State Park

My first stop this morning was Grand Gulf State Park just north of the Missouri/Arkansas border.  The park has a mile long trail that passes by a narrow chasm known as “The Little Grand Canyon”.  It used to be a cave system, but the roofs collapsed.  There is still a small portion with the roof intact which forms a natural bridge.  Matt, the friendly ranger, explained the trail and suggested that I take the stairs down to the canyon.  It was a perfect morning jaunt for the dogs! Continue reading “Day 5 – Springs of the Missouri Ozarks”