In the 1880s, a mining boom swept over the Ozarks and made its way to the hollow of Rush Creek and adjacent Rush Mountain. Zinc was the sought-after mineral, and by the time World War I erupted, the price of zinc was high and Rush swirled with hundreds of residents. By the time Rush was incorporated into the Buffalo National Scenic River in 1974, Rush was but a ghost town. Today, you can visit the relics of the community and the Morning Star Mine, learning what life was like in an Ozark mining community. After leaving the Morning Star Area, the loop hike heads toward the Buffalo River along Rush Mountain, where fenced off mine shafts and tailings offer mute testimony to the area’s past. Next swing out toward the river, gaining a view or two before turning into Clabber Creek, to see more mine ruins. From Clabber Creek, take the marked but unmaintained slender foot trail over Rush Mountain back to the trailhead. The unmaintained trail is steep but doable. If you feel uncomfortable with the climb over Rush Mountain, simply backtrack to the trailhead. Rush also has a picnic shelter, small campground with water and restrooms, and a boat launch. From the intersection of AR 14 and US 62 in Yellville, AR, take AR 14 south for 11.5 miles to the signed left turn into Rush, At Marion County Road 6035 Follow 6035 for 4.2 miles to the Morning Star Mine Site and trailhead, on your left.

 
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