Community Forest at Garrison Springs

The map below is only a DRAFT SITE PLAN and has not officially been adopted 

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Welcome to Ozark Community Forest at Garrison Springs

The City of Ozark purchased this property in March 2021.  It was purchased with the assistance of two grants; Missouri Department of Conservation Land Conservation Partnership and a Federal Forestry Grant.  

***As a part of the agreement in acquiring this property, the former owner is leasing a portion of the property.  We ask that you please be respectful of their privacy and allow them full access to their portion.*** 

Please be patient as we begin to make updates and perform maintenance on the property.  We are very excited to offer the citizens of Ozark our very first Community Forest.

When residents and guests visit the new community forest, they will enter a hidden, natural world, contained entirely within a long valley defined by steep tree-covered hillsides with outcroppings of exposed rock. This is a landscape dominated by trees, abundant water, and karst features. Along the valley floor meanders Garrison Branch, a small stream fed in part by three springs on the property. The springs are connected to a cave system that has been mapped and classified as the seventh longest in the state, by the Springfield Plateau Grotto, an organization that promotes cave conservation, surveying, and management. One spring flows forth from a small cave located high up on one of the hillsides. Water cascades down this hill, forming pools along the way behind low, man-made walls so old that no one today knows why they are there, though theories abound. A perennial spring on the property was one of the original water sources for the City and a segment of the Old Wire Road, a historic regional mail trail, cuts through the property. Whether these impoundments were used to water horses on a mail run, wash laundry, or provide a scenic gathering spot for early settlers, they are now in a state of disrepair.