The Ozark Mountains

By Aaron F.

Sources

Here are the sources of my information:


en.wikipedia.org

ozarkscivilwar.org

funlake.com

nps.gov

mospeleo.org

The Ozark Mountains

The Ozark Mountains are a widely known area, located mostly in Missouri and Arkansas, but also in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahome. They are famous for their many mountains, springs, and activities to do there. They are also a location in Where the Red Fern Grows.

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During the Civil War

During the western expansion of the Americans, Indians were forced to retreat to the Ozarks. There they formed the Cherokee tribe, where they continued to live for some time. They fought with the Americans many times from 1861 to 1864, until they were mostly driven out. However, their descendants were given permission to own land in the Ozarks, and the Cherokee traditions were kept alive.
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Activities in the Ozarks

The Ozarks showcase many activities and services. There are many hotels to visit and places to see. Hiking and biking trails, swimming, fishing, and white-water rafting are some of the favorites of citizens and tourists.


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Mountain Springs and Rivers

The Current River is one of the largest in the Ozarks. It flows from Blue Spring through the south of the Ozarks. The Big Spring discharges a few millions of gallons of water into the Current River each day. It continues through the Ozarks until it empties into the Black River, a tributary of the Mississippi River. It is one of the most popular spots for white-water rafting.


Largest Springs in the Ozarks

The Ozarks are most famous for their mountain springs, the largest being the Big Spring, the Mammoth Spring in Arkansas, and Greer Spring. Bennet Spring, Maramec Spring, Welch Spring, Alley Spring, Double Spring, and Blue Spring are other large mountain springs. Most of them flow into rivers, many of them popular for rafting. Plus they provide purified water, and lots of it!