National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge provides, high quality, compatible, wildlife dependent use opportunities for visitors, students, and nearby residents, to give them an understanding of the importance and value of Ozark cave, spring, aquifer, stream, wetland, watershed, groundwater recharge areas, and forest wildlife habitat conservation efforts. While not open to the general public, environmental education does offer the opportunity to learn more about different types of plants, wildlife, and living environments around the area.
Drive 9.8 miles North of U.S. highway 412, on highway 10, to New Clouds Creek Church rd. turn east for 5.3 miles.
There is no charge to visit.
Restrooms are available inside the refuge headquarters/visitor contact station.
What To Do
If you have 15-minutes.
Enjoy the overlook of Jan-Stan cave, or walk down the down the creek that comes from the cave mouth.
If you have one hour.
Walk around the camping area walking trail to get an overlook of Spavinaw creek or walk down the path in front of the office to get to Spavinaw creek.
Know Before You Go
Bring plenty of drinking water, snacks, insect repellant, sunscreen and other necessities.
Open Season: Year round by appointment
Location of trail: Headquarters parking lot
Surface: Rock, Wood
Information: The overlook can be seen from the parking area at the refuge headquarters.
Other Facilities in the Complex
Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge is complexed and managed from Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge.
Rules and Policies
Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge is for education and research by permit only.
Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge is a research and educational refuge and is not open to the public.