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Big Spring State Park Missouri

1 Big Spring Rd, Van Buren, Missouri 63965 USA

  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Outdoor
    Seating
  • No Wifi

“a gift from Missouri to America”

Big Spring was one of Missouri's first state parks. It was a state park from 1924 until 1969 when the people of Missouri donated it, along with Alley and Round Spring State Parks to the National Park Service to become a part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. A gift from Missouri to America. The Big Spring area contains the Big Spring of course, but also a campground, a picnic area, a dining lodge, trails and housekeeping cabins. It is easily located four miles south of Van Buren at the end of State Route 103. The Big Spring is sometimes called America's biggest spring. In reality there are three contenders for that title: Big Spring, Idaho's Snake River Spring Complex and Florida's Silver Spring. Since the flow from springs varies with local rainfall, any of these three might be biggest on any given day depending on the weather in Missouri, Idaho and Florida! The truth is they are all about the same size. In any case, at an average daily flow of 286 million gallons of water, Big Spring is an awesome sight and a geologic wonder. Underground passages carry water from as far as 45 miles away to emerge at the spring. Studies have shown that the water is carrying a load of dissolved limestone equivalent to 70 tons a day! This dissolved rock gives the spring its color and is also carving out a huge conduit underground. Should the spring ever go dry, a huge cave will be the result.

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Reviewed by
thelegendaryts

  • 2 Reviews
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July 29, 2015
Rated 5.0

Worth seeing

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jeramiah0341

  • 6 Reviews
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July 29, 2015
Rated 5.0

Definitely worth driving to see!! Nice trail to stretch your legs on too.

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mzarmstrong5

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June 17, 2017
Rated 5.0

Beautiful water! It is a few miles off the highway but worth it. The water is breathtaking. There were quite a few bugs though.

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thecompgal

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October 11, 2016
Rated 4.0

Beautiful blue water from underground limestone
Worth the short drive from US60

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otterbeck

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June 29, 2016
Rated 5.0

Beautiful and buggy.

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Big Spring State Park Missouri

1 Big Spring Rd
Van Buren, Missouri
63965 USA

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • Yes Parking
  • Check-In
    • 3pm
  • Check-Out
    • 11am

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