Buffalo National River
The views! One of the most popular and beautiful sections of the Buffalo is just over 10 miles between Ponca and Kyle’s Landing, with breathtaking wilderness views including bluffs that rise hundreds of feet above you. Water flows best during the winter and spring months.
While you’re in the area check out Hemmed-in-Hollow Trail, which touts the the tallest waterfall (212 feet) between the Rockies and the Appalachians. The 5 mile R/T hike can be steep on the way out and is not recommended for children, the elderly, or those who tire easily. Anyone else who can physically withstand the hike, should.
With dolomite bluffs and a deep valley that nearly creates a canyon, the wilderness and beauty of Jack’s Fork will force you into a meditative state. Above Alley Spring is good during the spring. Prongs to Bay Creek provides Class 2 water in the spring, and Alley Spring to Two Rivers offers Class 1 water that is floatable year round.
This river meanders through steep moss covered bluffs, deep clear pools, a few sections of rapid waters, and forrested valleys. An excellent over-night choice, there are 8 float up camps available, and because a fog over the river appears most evenings but burns off in the morning. Greer is the worlds 10th largest spring and turns a section of the river into a cold water fishery, it is the beginning of the blue ribbon trout section of the river.
The North Fork River of the White River offers a nearly constant flow of clear water as it is fed by several large springs. According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, this river is the 2nd most spring-fed in the state making the river floatable year round, especially the section from Dora to Norfolk Reservoir. The upper section of the river reaches in to the Mark Twain National Forest and much of the river retains that type of wilderness. Much of the river offers Class 2 waters.