Out of all the parks in the Ozark Scenic Riverways, there’s none prettier than Alley Spring and Mill, just outside of Eminence, Missouri. It’s truly postcard-worthy.
If the photos are tempting you, then read on and find out how to visit Alley Spring and Mill!
Visiting Alley Spring and Mill National Park
About Alley Spring and Mill
The Alley Mill and surrounding area was one of community. The original mill was built in 1894, and used a water turbine in the spring for its power. The schoolhouse, spring and setting were vital parts of what is now a national park.
How to Get to Alley Spring and Mill
Eminence is a popular starting point to get to Alley Mill. It’s an 8-minute drive on MO-106 and a right turn on Road 305.
While no longer producing grain, the mill has been very well preserved. Sitting alongside the 7th largest spring in Missouri, it’s not hard to imagine the mill in its heydays.
Inside Alley Mill
Visitors can venture inside the mill to the first floor, where old equipment still stands. Here, you can see the large iron and wood milling machines where the grain was ground.
Alley Mill Turbine
Outside along the back porch, you can get a close but safe look at the water turbine that powered the mill. Note the ability to raise and lower the turbine. This allowed speed control, which made it a much better alternative to the typical water wheel.
Alley Spring and Mill Trail
There’s a simple 1.4 mile trail loop that follows the river. It showcases the mill from it’s best viewpoints and is well worth the quick stroll
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