If you’re looking for an outdoor hiking and paddling adventure this fall, Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) has just the activity for you! ONSR, in partnership with Missouri State Parks and Ozark Trail Association, is inviting visitors to complete the Current River Challenge (CRC) along the upper Current River.
This self-guided challenge includes three “legs” to complete: a 4-mile hike from Round Spring to Echo Bluff State Park, a 4-mile hike from Echo Bluff to Current River State Park, and a 4-mile float from Current River State Park to Round Spring. Hikers can pick up an informational map brochure at the Round Spring Ranger Station or Echo Bluff State Park. At the conclusion of each leg, participants will stamp their map at designated kiosks. After completion of all three legs, participants can present their stamped map at the Round Spring Ranger Station to receive an award recognizing the accomplishment. Because this is a self-guided activity, it can be completed at your own pace, in any order and timeframe desired. It can be completed in one day or over multiple days. It’s up to you to decide how you want to challenge yourself!
Plan accordingly when hiking, paddling or participating in any other outdoor recreational activity. Visitors should take weather conditions into consideration and be prepared during all seasons. Drinking water, rain gear, map, snacks, flashlight, sturdy hiking shoes, clothing appropriate for the weather and terrain, and emergency campfire supplies are recommended. Always remember to inform someone of your plans.
The scenic rivers and park trails are a major attraction for visitors to the area. Besides the hiking trails located throughout ONSR, visitors can also find the Ozark Trail passing through the park and local communities. Both paddling and hiking are an important part of the local heritage and the Current River Challenge highlights some of the best recreational opportunities available in the Ozarks today!
For more information about the Current River Challenge, contact Skyler Bockman at (573) 323-8093 or Skyler_bockman@nps.gov, or visit the park’s website at https://www.nps.gov/ozar/