We spent two weekends in August exploring Missouri’s river country. The first we spent at Big Spring, where we spent the weekend exploring springs and mills, earning junior ranger badges, and playing in the Current River. The second weekend we stayed at Echo Bluff, where we spent the entire weekend in the State Park, biking, floating, and playing at the great playground.
The kids enjoyed the playground that seemed inspired by the terrain. The playground had a slide built into the hillside, climbing rocks and ropes, a log house, raft swing, discovery garden, and a splash pad that feeds a waterfall.
The Park also has a 3.25 mile mountain bike loop that starts just outside the campground. The loop starts with a steep series of switch-backs climbing up the bluffs but is a beautiful trail.
After biking, playing, and eating, it was time to relax in the Sinking Creek. We accessed the creek from the campground and loaded down the creek to Echo Bluff behind the lodge, about a twenty minute float. The creek was smaller than Current River, but still a nice float.
The Missouri Ozarks is a beautiful park of the country. The Current River, it’s spring, tributaries, and the surrounding wilderness are well worth a visit and a float. We enjoyed it so much, we just may return during the off-season this winter!
Shane and Jessica
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