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POINTS OF INTEREST – 3

From the last 2-car ferry in Missouri to a viewing platform suspended above an underground lake, there’s several interesting places to visit.

Points of Interest West Plains, Missouri

North Fork Recreational Area

  • Ridge Runner National Recreational Trail and the Blue Spring Trail
  • Area rebuilt after the Flood of 2017

https://www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf

18 miles From West Plains

Take CC Highway west from Highway 63 in West Plains. In 17.5 miles, the North Fork Recreation Area will be on the left.

Ozark National Scenic
Riverways

  • First National Park to protect a river system
  • Current and Jacks Fork Rivers
  • Hundreds of freshwater springs, caves, trails and historic sites

https://www.nps.gov/ozar/index.htm

70 miles From West Plains

To reach the Visitor Information Center, take Highway 63 north toward Willow Springs. Just before Willow Springs, take Highway 60 east toward Mountain View. Continue on Highway 60 east to Van Buren. After crossing the Current River, turn left on James Street then turn right on Main Street. In less than a quarter mile, turn left on Watercress Road. The Visitor Center will be on the right.

Twin Bridges

  • Built in the 1930s spanning the North Fork River and Spring Creek
Twin Bridges Missouri

18 miles From West Plains

Take Highway 63 north. In 2 miles, turn left on Highway 14 and go 15.5 miles.

Wild Horses of Shannon County

  • 5 herds roam the hills around Eminence

The wild horses of Shannon County have been roaming freely for almost 100 years. Seven fillies and an Appaloosa stallion were turned out by farmers in a drought during the Depression.

There are five herds of about 50 horses total and they can be elusive with over 80,000 acres to roam around the Current and Jacks Fork rivers.

The best places for viewing the horses are the Broadfoot Fields, located north of Eminence, the Shawnee Fields, east of Eminence, or the fields above the two Rivers on Highway V (also east of Eminence).

Wild horses Shannon County Missouri

61 miles From West Plains

Take Highway 63 north toward Willow Springs. Just before Willow Springs, take Highway 60 east toward Mountain View. Stay on Highway 60 for 36 miles. Turn left on Highway 19 toward Winona. Go through Winona and travel 11 miles to Eminence.

World’s Largest Constitution

  • 23-foot-high metal version of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/65512

World's Largest US Constitution Mountain Grove Missouri

39 miles From West Plains

To reach the Visitor Information Center, take Highway 63 north toward Willow Springs. Just before Willow Springs, take Highway 60 east toward Mountain View. Continue on Highway 60 east to Van Buren. After crossing the Current River, turn left on James Street then turn right on Main Street. In less than a quarter mile, turn left on Watercress Road. The Visitor Center will be on the right.

West Plains Missouri Point of Interest Spring Hiking

16 miles From West Plains

Take Highway 160 west toward Caulfield. Turn left on JJ Highway. In 8.5 miles turn left on County Road 8110. In less than a mile, turn left on County Road 9720. The entrance is on the left.