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Creek Swimming
Points 24, 25, 26

Swimming in a wild Ozark creek is something many people enjoy. The water is the right temperature, it's clean, and it's clear. While you can cool off in just about any creek, you'll have the most fun at established creek swimming access.

Blanchard - Point 24 - The best creek swimming is at Blanchard Springs Caverns. Instead of turning right to go to the gift shop and cave tours, keep going straight. When you get to the bottom of the hill, turn left. Go about two-tenths of a mile to the bridge on your right. Cross the bridge and you are at the North Sylamore Creek swimming area. There are bathrooms and showers here.

There's another good spot at Blanchard for a swim in the creek. Go past the bridge, drive a short distance, drive across the creek, turn left, go straight, cross the low water bridge, then turn right into the parking lot. This is another swimming beach. There is a use fee of a couple of dollars. Put your money in the provided envelope and drop it in the box.

Gunner - Point 25 - You can also creek swim at Gunner Pool. Not in the pond that is there, but at the lower campground next to the creek. Park here and walk down to the creek, which is about 50 feet. The creek flows up against 45 foot high stone bluffs topped with old cedar trees.

Barkshed - Point 26 - Barkshed is perhaps the most beautiful creek swimming hole. There are two nice swimming holes to enjoy.

All three points are inside the Sylamore Creek National Scenic River Corridor. This means they are on protected public lands so there's no concerns over trespassing on private property.










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