POINTS OF INTEREST

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

Akers ferry
37.3841224, -91.5534603

  • Last operating 2-car ferry in Missouri
  • Ferry crosses the Current River

60 miles From West Plains

Take Highway 63 north toward Willow Springs. Just before Willow Springs, take Highway 60 east toward Mountain View. After Mountain View, turn left on Highway 17. Stay on Highway 17 for 13 miles to Summersville. Just past Summersville, turn right on K Highway. Akers Ferry will be ahead in 17 miles.

Althea Spring
36.6417376,-92.2279011

  • 12 million gallons of water per day

Used to power a domestic power plant from 1958 to 1977, the spring comes up from rocks in the hillside and then runs downhill into the North Fork River.

 

28 miles From West Plains

Take Highway 160 west toward Caulfield. Four miles past Caulfield, turn right on H Highway. In 4 miles, you will reach Patrick Bridge. Park before crossing the bridge then look for the trail to Althea Spring.

Blue hole
36.83512,-92.05361

  • Trailhead for North Fork section of the Ozark Trail
  • Missouri Children’s Forest
  • Blue Hole reached by trail

 

West Plains Missouri Point of Interest Blue Hole

13 miles From West Plains

Take Highway 63 north. In 2 miles, turn left on Highway 14 and go 9.5 miles then turn right on AP Highway. The entrance to Blue Hole will be on the left in less than 2 miles.

West Plains Missouri Point of Interest Althea Spring
Althea Spring
West Plains Missouri Point of Interest Althea Spring
Althea Spring Trail

Boze Mill
36.6436819,-91.8062252

  • 12-14 million gallons of water per day
  • 1880s turbine and rock wall still exists

Once the site of the Lucas Boze grist mill, the area was once an important center of commerce. Access from trailhead or from the Eleven Point River.

West Plains Missouri Point of Interest Boze Mill

50 miles From West Plains

Take Highway 160 east toward Alton. Stay on Highway 160 in Alton and travel 14 miles. Turn left on Highway 152. Boze Mill will be ahead in 2.4 miles.

Devil’s well
37.1133205,-91.92116

  • Viewing platform is 100 feet above the lake
  • Lake is 80 feet deep and holds about 22 million gallons of water

79 miles From West Plains

Take Highway 63 north toward Willow Springs. Just before Willow Springs, take Highway 60 east toward Mountain View. After Mountain View, turn left on Highway 17. Stay on Highway 17 for 13 miles to Summersville. At Summersvile, turn right on Highway 106. In 7 miles, stay straight to continue on D Highway. In 9 miles, turn left on Highway 19. In 17.5 miles, turn left on KK Highway. In 2 miles, turn left on Devil’s Well Road. Devil’s Well will be ahead in 2 miles.