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Scenic Highway 19
the wild river section
(updated January, 2001)
A mile by mile DRIVING GUIDE
I-44 to Arkansas
How to use this guide
This is a mile-by-mile guide to touring along Highway 19. Mileage begins at I-44 and Highway 19. The mileage to various points of interest south of there is listed.
Beginning at I-44 and Highway 19
0.0 I-44 and Highway 19, beginning of Southern Section of Highway 19, City of Cuba. Food, fuel, motels, sporting goods.
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0.5 Historic Route 66 crosses Highway 19 here. To the west .6 miles is Route 66 Lounge, expanded on a Route 66 era building. To the east .4 miles is Wagon Wheel Motel, a still-operating motel of that era. Further east are two stave mills where white oak is prepared for barrel making. Good Kentucky bourbon is aged in these barrels, as are fine wines.
1.6 Leave city limits.
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Backtrack to Steelville and Hwy 19.
9.3 Leave Steelville
19.2 Cherryville. Jct Hwy 49.Hwy. 49 goes east to Davisville and U.S. Forest Service, Red Bluff Camp on Huzzah Creek, 6 miles; Dillard Mill State Park, 11 miles. Tours of old waterwheel mill in season. This area was nationally renowned wine producer before prohibition. In recent years, vineyards have returned and now produce Ozark Highland Wines, a federally recognized designation.
30.4 Jct. Mo. 117 goes to Indian Trail State Forest and Fish Hatchery.
0.0 There are 53 miles of roads and trails in this oldest of Missouri public areas. There 13,253 acres of public forest here, with primitive camping, hunting, hiking, nature study.
.3 Fork in road, go straight.
1.6 Go right.
2.2 Sign points to fish hatchery. Open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed weekends and holidays. This is a warm-water hatchery, soon to be retired as a huge new hatchery comes online.
3.7 Hatchery headquarters. Small lake. Picnicking, but no swimming or fishing. Lake is water supply for hatchery ponds. Leaving area, go south along lakeside from hatchery headquarters.
4.7 Go right, you are on historic old White River Trace, an Indian Trail dating into pre-history.
5.8 Go right.
6.5 Forestry headquarters - maps of area available.
6.6 Fire Tower.
10.9 Back to Highway 19.
32.3 Meramec River headwaters.
39.1 Wood industry, buys white oak staves. Used to make barrels in which fine bourbon is aged. Most forests here were cut over in the 1800's with much of the wood going into charcoal, which was used in the iron industry.
39.8 Trail of Tears marker and pull-off. Marks authentic route taken by Cherokees when
removed to Oklahoma in 1838.
42.0 Main office of Pioneer Forest, largest privately owned forest in Missouri, with holdings of more than 160,000 acres in several counties.
42.0 Jct. Mo. 68. St. James, Maramec Spring, 28 miles.
42.4 Salem City Limits. "Gateway to the Riverways." Refers to Ozark National Scenic Riverways, a national park, for which Salem is the anchor city on the north.
42.5 Salem City Park, history marker tells about area being center of iron mining in the past century.
43.0 County Courthouse, main business district of Salem.
43.8 Junction Highways 72/32. Food, motels, fuel. West via Hwy 32 is Montauk State Park, trout fishing, 22 miles.
East two miles is road to White River Trace Wildlife Area. Two lakes, fishing, picnics.
44.1 Mark Twain National Forest Research Station.
48.4 Jct. Route K, goes to upper Ozark National Scenic Riverways Recreation Areas.
0.0 This route provides access to numerous points on Upper Current River. Tan Vat Hollow, Cedar Grove, Welch Spring, Akers Ferry, to name a few.
5.0 Jct. Rt. E and YY, goes to Montauk Spring, trout park fishing, and Tan Vat Hollow, river access.
6.9 Jct. ZZ, goes to Cedar Grove, river access.
9.0 Community of Jadwin.
12.0 Welch Spring road on right.
14.1 Begin Devils Backbone, spectacular view of Current River Valley on right.
15.7 Akers Ferry, ferry crossing, Summersville 19 miles.
(You may complete loop back to Highway 19 by following Rt. KK. If so, resume at 62.5)
53.9 Barren Fork Creek, a typical "losing stream." Drainage enters the underground spring system.
62.5 Junction Rt. KK Goes to Akers Ferry.
0.0 This route goes into upper sections of Current River.
2.5 Road to Devils Well, an underground lake.
65.2 Shannondale. Community crafts shows in season.
67.9 Jct. Rt. A, goes to Bunker and U.S. Forest Service Camp at Loggers Lake. Round Spring Canoe Rental.
Canoe Rental and Mini Mart.
Put-ins at Akers, Pulltite and Round Spring.
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69.5 Presley Conservation Education Center, 1 mile. Generally open to public, but not a recreation area.
69.7 Jct. Rt. EE, goes to Pulltite Campground, and access to Current River. Pulltite Spring is across river from lower end of campground. May be reached by wading in warm weather.
70.5 Fire Tower Road.
State fire towers are manned during periods of high fire danger to spot forest fires early and direct fire suppression activity .
70.8 Enter Ozark National Scenic Riverways, a national park.
71.9 Sinkin Creek Bridge. This is the largest surface tributary to Current River from the east. Access to Current River at primitive campground, recreation area.
73.1 Group camp and access to Current River.
At the bridge, close to Round Spring Campground. Float the Current.
Put-in at Akers, Cedar Grove, Baptist Camp and Pulltite.
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73.3 Bridge over Current River. You may park at cluster camp road, 73.5, and walk across bridge for a better view.
73.8 Main entrance to Round Spring Recreation Area on left. Camping (no electric), river access, hot showers, laundry. Picnicking, cave tours in season. One of the largest springs in the world rises here in a sinkhole, flows under a natural bridge and then on to Current River.
74.0 Pull-off, overlook.
75.7 Enter stand of virgin pine. The pines give an idea of how Ozark ridges may have looked in the past.
76.4 Interpretive trail goes into virgin pine area. Driving AND hiking sections. Pioneer Forest is sponsor of the trail.
76.9 Exit pine grove.
78.9 Jct. Rt. D, to Summersville.
80.3 Enter Clow State Forest.
81.8 Road to Jerktail Landing on left.
0.0 This is a good gravel road for seven miles to Jerktail Landing. It goes mainly through state forest, then national park. Hunting is allowed, in season.
2.5 Turn-off to Bay Creek State Shooting Range. (Hunting, but not target shooting, is allowed in the national parks.)
6.2 Enter Jerktail area.
Primitive camping, river access. Named for the difficulty with which mules pulled ore wagons up out of the valley after a river crossing.
84.7 Scenic view and pull-off on left. Not always open.
85.7 Eminence Forestry District headquarters. Maps of state forests available.
86.2 City limits of Eminence. Food, lodging, fuel, supplies.
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We are in the heart of the Ozark Scenic Riverways.
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86.7 Jct. with Mo. 106. Goes west to Alley Spring on Jacks Fork, five miles. Old spring-powered mill, campground, river access.Another world-class spring.
0.0 Start side trip west.
Bed & Breakfast
"A perfect get-away"
King/Queen bed, Whirlpool, Own Shower & Entrance.
2 mile west of Eminence off of Hwy 106
Harvey's Alley Spring Canoe Rental
Canoe Rental, General Store
6.0 Overlook of Jacks Fork Valley. Return to Eminence.
East to Powder Mill/Owls Bend, camping and access to Current River, 12 miles.
0.0 Begin side trip east on Highway 106.
0.4 Jacks Fork Campground.
3.3 Road to left goes to Shawnee Creek. Access to river, picnicking, primitive camping.
4.5 Route V to junction of Current River and Jacks Fork. Hiking east from Park entrance sign leads to Prairie Creek Canyon, a photo opportunity.
Two Rivers Canoe Rental
Where the Jacks Fork and Current River meet.
Canoe rental, Groceries, Camping, Car Shuttles, Hot Showers,
Open Year 'Round. Special Weekday & Winter Rates
Web Page: missouri2000.net/tworivers
7.0 Route H and Route NN go to Rocky Falls. Picnic, hiking and swimming area. Old Klepzig Mill is on road at left at end of Rt.NN.2.0 Cross Current River at Powder Mill. Camping, picnicking, river access.
13.4 Road to Blue Spring, one of nine so named. This is the deepest water in the state, explored to more than 260 feet. A Missouri Natural Area.
Return to Highway 19 at 86.7
Ruby's T & T Family Restauant
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
FRIED CHICKEN - STEAKS - SEAFOOD
Friday seafood buffet, 5 pm. to close.
Lunch buffet (11-1:30) Monday through Friday.
Sunday buffet, 11 to 2.
On the square in Eminence.
"Dining at it's Best"
Our Speciality - Steaks & Baked Fish. Dine on Deck
& Overlook Heart of Eminence.
Open for Lunch & Dinner. 7 Days a Week.
Beer & Mixed drinks available.
86.8 Courthouse and Historic Marker.
89.2 Enter Rock Creek State Forest.
89.9 Roadside Park. Overlook, picnicking.
93.3 Leave Rock Creek State Forest.
95.8 Lewis Lake. Open irregularly for picnicking. But you may walk in anytime.
97.4 Mark Twain National Forest, Winona District Headquarters. Administers Eleven Point Wild and Scenic River. Maps, brochures, hiking, floating information available here.
Full service Bakery, Deli
Hwy 60 & 19 North,
98.6 Jct. with U. S. 60. East is Van Buren, headquarters of Ozark National Scenic Riverways, 20 miles. This is also the site of Big Spring, largest single-outlet spring in the world. West is Mountain View, 20 miles. Highway 19 follows 60 west, briefly.
99.2 Highway 19 leaves 60, turns south. Fuel, convenience stores.
108.2 Forest Road 3170 goes to Falling Spring, 4 miles. Unpaved. Small recreation area, old mill, lake, picnic grounds. Spring issuing from bluff was used to power a mill.
112.1 Forest Road 3155 goes to McCormick Lake, two miles. Campground closed. Picnicking, trailhead for Ozark Trail.
117.0 Turner Mill Access to Eleven Point River, seven miles. Unpaved.
118.0 Small overlook off highway on left.
118.7 Greer Access to Eleven Point Wild and Scenic River. Camping, picnicking. Enter on east side of highway.
118.8 Cross Eleven Point River. Parking area on left across bridge. Eleven Point is Missouri's only officially designated Wild and Scenic Riverway under a federal program of that name. U.S. Forest Service protects the riverway in its wild condition. (Ozark Riverways in contrast, is a national park.)
120.3 New Access to Greer Spring, second largest in Missouri and one of the top 10 in the world. The spring has been purchased by U.S. Forest Service and is now public. Access is by a new mile long foot trail. The trail is all downhill to the spring, and all uphill back out. The grade of the new trail has been lessened by switch-backs. The wild aspect of this spring is preserved.
120.9 Community of Greer.
122.8 Cane Bluff Access to Eleven Point River, west 3.5 miles. Unpaved.
128.0 Junction U.S. 160 at Alton. West Plains is west, Doniphan is east. Alton features food, fuel, motel
0.0 Going east on U.S. Hwy 160 toward Doniphan.
12.8 Eleven Point River. Access, picnicking.
Canoe Rental and Campground
Complete Service, Showers and Restrooms.
Water and Scenery unmatched in the Ozarks.
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Return to Highway 19 and continue south.
140.0 Junction U.S. 63 at Thayer. West Plains to the north, Mammoth Spring, Ark. to south.
141.3 Jct. Route W - goes to Grand Gulf State Park, six miles. Park features collapsed cave, natural bridge. Picnicking.
141.8 Junction Mo. 142. Bakersfield to the west, Doniphan to the east.
142.3 Junction 63 again. Food, fuel.
142.8 Arkansas State Line. Hwy 19 ends. U.S. 63 continues south.
143.3 Mammoth Spring, Ark. State Park. Visitor Center for Arkansas. Picnicking, trails. Federal fish hatchery and aquarium. Historic railroad museum. Spring River Access. Town has shops, restaurants, motels. Mammoth Spring is the second largest spring in the world. Harrison, Ark, 25 miles.
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