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By: Ken Kurtz
12/19/17 03:48:24 PM

On December 12th in 2002 the Ozark Trail Association was chartered and charged with the mission to build, maintain, preserve, promote, and protect the rugged natural beauty of the Ozark Trail. This year we celebrate our 15th anniversary.

On Dec 2nd we held a celebration dinner at the Trout Lodge in Potosi including day full of events beginning with some donated trail work for the YMCA and ending with a dinner and live entertainment. A presentation was given with a recap of the last 15 years of accomplishments, all the current efforts underway, and a look at what the future might look like. In addition, we recognized our 2017 Volunteer of the Year and three others. Congratulations to Terry Hawn as Volunteer of the Year and to Rod Brown, Scott Hayden, and Ken Kurtz for their outstanding achievements this year.

It was a great day enjoyed by all and what a special way to recognize 15 years of accomplishments with our OTA family.

By: Abi Jackson
09/28/17 12:58:28 PM

Ozark National Scenic Riverways Hosts National Public Lands Day Event and Trail Building Events at Round Spring

EMINENCE, MO: On Saturday, September 30, volunteers across the country will visit their favorite rivers, parks, beaches, wildlife preserves and forests to give back to the treasured lands where we play, learn, and relax. Ozark National Scenic Riverways will celebrate the 24th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) – the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands – beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Round Spring Visitor Center. Park staff and volunteers will conduct trail maintenance, litter collection, river cleanup and minor campground maintenance, and will begin preparing for the upcoming Ozark Trail Association Mega Trail Building Events at Round Spring. Volunteers should bring work gloves and wear clothing and shoes appropriate for outdoor maintenance activities in the campground and on the Round Spring Spur Trail. At 1:00 p.m. a celebration of NPLD will be held in conjunction with a picnic lunch in the Round Spring Picnic Pavilion, courtesy of Ozark Trail Association and the park’s cooperating association Eastern National. Project work will continue until 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate in all or part of the day’s activities.

The following weekend, October 7-8, Round Spring will be the host site for the Ozark Trail Association (OTA) Mega Trail Building Event on the Round Spring Spur of the Ozark Trail. Volunteers can report to the Round Spring Visitor Center between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the Mega Events. OTA Mega Events can attract 100 to 200 volunteers and yield close to one mile of new trail. Mega Events are a wonderful trail celebration with free camping, delicious outdoor meals, and entertainment for volunteers. The Round Spring Spur will connect to trails in the Roger Pryor Backcountry Area and the Blair Creek Section of the Ozark Trail. When completed, the trail will provide new hiking options for visitors along the upper Current River and will also offer an opportunity for a mulit-day hiking/floating adventure between Round Spring and Powder Mill. A second OTA Mega Event is scheduled for October 28-29 at Round Spring. Visit the Ozark Trail Association website at for more information about the Ozark Trail and the upcoming Mega Events.

“We’re pleased that Ozark National Scenic Riverways is participating in this nationwide celebration of our national public lands,” stated Larry Johnson, Superintendent. “We are excited to help people connect with the places they love through personal stewardship activities.”

Coordinated each year by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), National Public Lands Day brings together volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that people across America use and enjoy every day. Each year, NPLD volunteers provide tens of millions of dollars’ worth of services in one day that would otherwise take limited park staff months to accomplish. Last year, more than 200,000 people participated in events at more than 2,500 sites in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.

For more information about National Public Lands Day, contact Park Ranger Dave Tobey at (573) 323-8093 or, visit the park’s Facebook page, or website at

Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.

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By: Abi Jackson
09/18/17 07:46:23 AM

The OTA had an opportunity to share information about the Ozark Trail with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts at the Camp Swampy Jamboree on Saturday, September 16th. A big thanks to Phyllis, Veronica, Rosie and Ron for sharing their passion with numerous leaders and scouts from throughout southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas!

By: Abi Jackson
09/18/17 07:43:26 AM

Mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Pacific Music Festival at Liberty Field! This year they will be spotlighting Blues Music as well as local microbreweries. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. All proceeds to go towards the Pacific River Walk Trail Project.