VAN BUREN, Mo. — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,291,305 visitors to Ozark National Scenic Riverways in 2022 spent $63,766,000 in communities near the park.
That spending supported 873 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $73,310,000.
“Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams. “With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 300 million visitors every year.
“The impact of tourism to national parks is undeniable: bringing jobs and revenue to communities in every state in the country and making national parks an essential driver to the national economy,”