It’s so easy to miss…a small road off of Highway 62, on the right heading east, between the Tall Pines Inn and Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. Yet, Oil Springs Road leads to one of the most scenic areas in our little town: Black Bass Lake.
The road takes visitors past historic Oil and Johnson Springs and a wonderful example of a cavernous overhanging ledge.
Black Bass Lake was created as a drinking water reservoir from the abundant, pure springs in the upper reaches of Oil Spring Gulch, including Sycamore and Arsenic Springs.
The earthen and cut stone dam dates to 1894 and is one of the oldest still standing in the Ozarks.
Trails encircling the lake allow access to a non-motorized boat launch, picnic area, several fishing spots, and one and a half miles of hiking and bike riding.
The Bluff Trail hugs the St. Joe geological formation, an amazing limestone outcropping.
I was there on Sunday and witnessed all the glories of a cool and sunny autumn day. I witnessed a very different beauty last Spring. Any time of year, this city park is definitely worth a visit.