Here are a few of the prime destinations, with mileage from the Echo Bluff entrance:
Current and Jacks Fork rivers (Current River is a mile away, Jacks Fork is 18 miles): Outfitters can pick you up at the park and deliver you back after a day’s float on the best stretches of these two pristine rivers.
Alley Spring (21 miles): A three-story, barn-red mill building stands next to the spring and its spillway, creating a setting that is one of the most photographed in the Ozarks. If you only visit one spring, make it this one. There is a short trail, a one-room schoolhouse and a general store.
Round Spring Cave (2.4 miles): Ranger-led tours take you into the cave, which features all the fantastic formations that make underground exploring a special treat.
Blue Spring (30 miles): The Native American word for the spring translates to “Spring of the Summer Sky.” Dissolved minerals give the spring its azure color, which is said to be the bluest of all Ozark springs.
Welch Spring (15 miles): The rock ruins of an old sanitarium for asthma patients stand next to the spring on the Current River.
Montauk and Current River state parks (Current River State Park is a mile away, Montauk is 38 miles): Montauk State Park features trout fishing and has a restaurant. Current River State Park has two small fishing lakes and offers tours of its historic buildings, which were built in the 1930s and 1940s as a corporate retreat for Alton Box Board Co. of Alton, Ill.