A great day exploring the Ozarks while learning about the area’s history. Enjoy the Ozark's mixed forest, karst features, and outstanding views of Beaver Lake through a 4.4 mile hike at Hobbs State Park. With its 400 ft elevation change, be ready to be amused by the diversity of terrain and scenery you will encounter: from running creeks to a breathtaking view of Beaver Lake.
After this easy hike, we will visit a 180-year old structure packed with history: the War Eagle Mill. The mill was built around 1832 by a pioneer couple who chose this as the perfect location to establish their new home and mill. It was destroyed three times and last rebuilt in 1973 with many of the original features of the Mill. Today, War Eagle Mill is the only working mill in Arkansas and it is still powered by an eighteen-foot cypress waterwheel.
After visiting the Mill, we will take a guided tour of War Eagle Cavern from a local expert in caving. Since its opening in 1978, the cave has been left in its natural state as much as possible. It has been home to Indians, moonshiners, squatters, and draft-dodgers - and currently, over 75,000 bats! War Eagle Cavern will uncover the beauty of underground structures through its unusual domes, rimstone dams, underground stream and waterfalls.
Relax as we drive back to Springfield after creating memories that will last a lifetime!
INCLUDES: TRANSPORTATION AND EXPERT GUIDE
DOES NOT INCLUDE: GUIDE’S TIPS
AGE: • 8+ (recommended)
It’s the perfect combination. This 4 mile hike with 400' elevation change and mild terrain is easy to navigate.
Today you will get connected to nature and with other Ozark's enthusiasts!
Hiking, Caving, History! Nothing could possibly ruin this great day exploring the Ozarks!
SPRINGFIELD: 5 Pound Apparel at Farmers Park (2144 E Republic Road, Springfield, MO 65804)
PICK UP TIME: 8:00 AM
BRANSON: Starbucks at Target off Highway 65 (200 Ozark Scenic Drive, Branson, MO 65616)
PICK UP TIME: 8:40 AM
First time hikers!
Fit Adventurers looking for a fun day in nature for the whole family
WHAT TO WEAR?
Waterproof hiking boots/shoes
Hat / gloves
Sunscreen / Bug repellent
WHAT TO BRING?
Water, lunch and snacks for the hike.
Jacket for cave (can be chilly!)
Hiking poles (optional)
Meet at 8:00 at Farmers Park.
Meet at 8:40 at Branson Target
Drive 2 hours to Hobbs State Park where we will hike 4 miles through easy terrain.
After a scenic hike, we will head over to War Eagle Mill for a tour
After mid-day at the hill we will head to an afternoon guided cavern tour
Drive back and arrive to Springfield around 5:30