Ozark National Scenic Riverways is a 134 mile long National Park consisting of the headwaters of the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers in South Central Missouri. Mostly in Dent, Shannon and Carter counties, this part of Missouri is mostly undeveloped Ozark Mountain forests, with crystal clear rivers, 58 large springs, a riverfront cave you can paddle into, and it teams with wildlife -- trout and smallmouth fishing, and a local winter sport of "gigging" of rough fish to eat. Black bear, mountain lion, and recently re-introduced elk roam these hills, as does a herd of federally protected wild horses. Turtles sun on the river logs. Bald eagles, hawks, pileated woodpeckers and great blue heron fly overhead. Small mammals, wildflowers, snakes and other creatures are commonly observed. If you have a pair of binoculars, bring them for a great treat of this area still blessed with much wildlife.
Ask your guide Bill Smith about the local Ozark culture as well. There are still places where your cell phone will not work, though the towns of Eminence and Van Buren contain most modern conveniences.