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It is a natural wonder to watch the water as it
pours from the Roaring River Spring. An esti-
mated 20 million gallons of water spill from the
spring to create The Roaring River.The river cuts
through the steep ravines and rugged Ozarks
landscape lending to the magnificent beauty of
the region. The water is lined with lush spring
and summer vegetation, towering sycamore
trees. The crystal clear flow is home to crayfish,
hatchery reared trout, and a host of aquatic in-
sects that cloud the surface after hatching on
sunny days. The steep terrain surrounding the
river is home to deer, raccoons, timber rat-
tlesnakes and such a diversity of wildlife that the
list is endless. The vast stands of Oaks provide
food in the form of acorns; cedars can be found
throughout the park, adding a rich green flavor
in the winter months. During these cold months,
you may also spot Bald Eagles nesting in the
area.
The river eventually spills in to Table Rock
Reservoir near eagle Rock, Missouri. It moves
over gravel and rock substrate filtering out dirt
and erosion to create an almost perfect clarity.
The water that emerges from the spring is cold
Roaring River State Park
12716 Farm Road 2239
Cassville, MO
Missouri Department
of Natural Resources
417 847-2539
www.dnr.mo.gov
Open:
daylight hours
Admission:
free
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and clear, having found its way to the surface
after spending time in deep subterranean caves.
Exploration of the spring has taken place but
has been limited; science is left to speculate just
how deep and mysterious the spring is. Don't
miss the gorgeous view of the blue-green water.
Hiking trails lead people on scenic tours
throughout the park. Once a person reaches the
top of the 2.5 mile Eagles Nest trail or the 3
mile Fire Tower trail, the views of surrounding
hills and forests is truly a photographic oppor-
tunity.
Questions:
1. Where might the water from the spring orig-
inate?
2. Why is the water so clear?
3. What is mast crop?
Directions:
From Springfield travel
west on U.S. Hwy. 60 for
39 miles to Monett. Turn
left/south onto Hwy 37
and continue for 19 miles
to Cassville. Take
Highway 76/86 west
through Cassville to
Highway 112.
Travel south on Hwy 112
for seven miles to
the park entrance.
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