The Eminence area in the heart of the Ozarks
has a fantastic assortment of natural wonders and outdoor
activities. From springs & caves to canoeing and hiking,
choose your adventure!
Eminence has more than 120 miles of navigable waters on the Jacks Fork and Current rivers in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Eminence has been labeled the "Canoe Capital of the World." Shawnee Creek Cottages is located within minutes of both the Jacks Fork River and the Current River. These rivers offer a perfect environment to canoe, kayak, tube, explore, fish, swim, and relax.
The Golf Course in Eminence is a 9-hole, par 36 layout totaling 2758 yards and includes
a nature trail that totals up to 2 miles in hiking. This course opened June 1, 1997 and is currently maturing into a spectacular and very challenging golf course. Located and starting
on the banks of the Jacks Fork River and eventually climbing on top of an Ozark ridge for
the finishing holes with scenic views.
Highway 19 to North side of Jacks Fork Bridge, then east on Tom Akers Road.
The Eminence area in the heart of the Ozark hills offer many beautiful places to hike suited for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. Wildflowers are at their height at the beginning to mid-July and Fall offers extraordinary colors and sights to take in.
hikers and mountain bikers. The Ozark Trail is for families, groups and individuals of all ages. It can be walked for as little as an hour with no specialized equipment or for several days with sophisticated backpacking gear. Historically, the trail was developed for hikers, backpackers and horseback riders, but now there are also sections open for mountain bike use. For more information, you can visit the Ozark Trail Association website.
City of Eminence Walking Trail - As part of the Eminence City Golf Course, over 2.4 miles of walking trails are offered for your use, free of charge. These trails range from a short level loop (3/8 of a mile) to longer distances of 1 or 2 miles, with shorter distances in between. The walking surfaces range from wood chips to limestone chat and paved asphalt. You can enjoy the beauty of nature while still traveling on safe, maintained paths.
Alley Overlook Trail - Begins right outside the door of the Alley Mill. This steep trail takes you to an overlook where you can look down into the Alley Spring. Can be combined with the Spring Branch Trail for a nice nearly one mile loop. One way trail. (1.5 miles)
Alley Spring Branch Trail - Begins with a nice walk around the Alley Spring, follows the spring branch back to the parking lot. One-way trail. (0.3 miles)
Lick Log Trail - Located on Fox Pen Road (County Road 205) about two miles north of Eminence on Route 19. Stay to the right on Fox Pen Road. A nice loop trail maintained by the Missouri Conservation Department. (1 mile)
Horseback riding is an extremely popular activity in the area. The Eminence area and the
Ozarks hills make the perfect location for horseback riding. Local businesses offer guided
trail rides with your own horses or provides horses you can rent. You can take a short
one-day ride or pack trips for several days. The Eminence are hosts many events throughout the year for horse enthusiasts including rodeos, horse shows, and week long trail rides.
The crystal clear waters of the Jacks Fork River and the Current River provide excellent
opportunities for fishing. The trophy trout section of the Current River runs from Montauk
State Park to the Cedar Grove Campground. On the Jacks Fork River, the 25 miles from
17 Bridge to Hwy 106 Bridge at Alley Spring has been designated as a trophy Smallmouth
Bass area by the Missouri Conservation Department. Fishing license is required.
For more information visit.
Alley Spring with it's beautiful turquoise water has a 100 year old grist mill which you can
tour. The mill is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor
Day. Stop in for an up close look at one of the Ozarks' most famous landmarks. There is no charge, but donations help offset operating costs. Books and postcards may be purchased at the mill. The mill machinery is no longer operational, although restoration efforts are underway.
Located six miles west of Eminence, Missouri, on State Highway 106.
Round Spring flows into an almost perfectly circular cavern that has collapsed, and from
there it travels through a natural tunnel before it emerges into the spring branch. It is believed that a portion of the spring's recharge area is to the northeast of Spring Valley, which means that the water would have to flow under the Current River to reach the spring. Round Spring was also one of the first parks in the Missouri state park system (1932). Round Spring is currently open for viewing.
Located approximately 13 miles north of Eminence on Highway 19.
Rocky Falls Shut-in is one of the finest examples of this geology in the state. Rocky Falls is
an impressive, steep cascading waterfall that pours into a large pool of water. There are
parking and picnic areas available right by the water. This is a great place to have a picnic
and explore the waterfall area and do some day hiking. One section of the Ozark Trail
passes right by the waterfall.
This is one of Missouri's deepest springs and is located approximately 12 miles east of Eminence on Highway 106. The spring flows slowly from a very deep cave shaft that is situated at the base of a dolomite bluff.
This is the largest spring in Missouri and the largest freshwater spring in the United States.
On an average day, around 278 million gallons of water gush forth from subterranean
passages, swelling the nearby Current River. Experiments in which harmless dye is placed
into the ground have shown that water travels from as far as 45 miles away through
underground passages before surfacing at Big Spring.
Eminence is a quaint, old fashioned small town that was deemed "Missouri's Top Outdoor
Outpost" and one of the top 50 outdoor sports towns in America, by "Sports Afield."
Eminence also boasts an assortment of restaurants offering a wide variety of menus. The
shopper will delight in the many craft shops, much of which is made locally. The town also
boasts several antique and specialty shops. Community events scheduled throughout the year include bluegrass festivals, rodeos, street dances, the Ozarks Day festival, and in the Fall there is the Riverways Arts and Crafts Festival.