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Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

Alley Spring is in the heart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverway. It has a lively past that you can learn about while you soak up the splendid scenery. 

At the spring, cold, clear water rises from deep in the spring at about 81 million gallons per day. The basin of the spring is in the shape of a funnel, with the deepest area being 32 feet. From the edge of the mill, you might be able to spot tiny snails and minnows within the clusters of watercress. Sometimes, depending on the time of year, you might also see mink, muskrat and banded water snakes.

The short hike around the spring is surrounded by slick rock walls. This makes the hike a little cooler than the rest of the park on hot days. These ecosystems are very fragile and should not be interfered with. If you find yourself there, make sure you practice Leave No Trace policies.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Short and easy trails. Beautiful spring. Wildflowers. Wildlife.

Cons

None.

Features

ADA accessible
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Near lake or river
Historically significant
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Bird watching

Location

Field Guide

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