Big Spring
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Largest natural spring in Missouri averaging a flow of about 286 million gallons of water a day.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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MichelleJeffS
Fenton, MO21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We visited this site due to all the positive reviews. The spring itself is BEAUTIFUL. The problem is the gnats swarming you . I had bug spray on-no bites from anything but the trip was not tolerable due to the overwhelming swarms. The grass was mowed but there was poison ivy along both sides of short walkway. Don't pose next to the rock wall there is poison ivy climbing it. I visited July 3, 2022.
Written 4 July 2022
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Canjencun
Missouri City, MO267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
My Aunt and I took an overnight trip to Big Springs State Park in Van Buren, Missouri. Just as the other reviews have said, it is beautiful! The grounds were kept very clean and the spring was easily accessible. It's easy to take a lot of pictures because the colors of the water from the spring are so vibrant. I couldn't find much information regarding the lodge and cabins that are within the State Park, so I will talk about them here. The lodge serves "home cooked" breakfast, lunch and dinner. Very reasonably priced and the food was good. They have several cabins for rent by the night (2 night minimum for weekends). Our cabin was VERY clean. They provide linens (sheets and towels) only, so you would need to bring your own kitchen utensils/pots & pans if you plan on cooking there, plus your bath soaps, etc. You walked up a couple of steps inside the cabin to a loft kitchen area. They have the kitchen equipped with a microwave, coffee pot, toaster, stove and refrigerator (no freezer) and eating area. There are a few different sized cabins available. Our cabin had a bedroom with a full size bed, plus a full size murphy bed in the living room (pulled out from under the kitchen). The bathroom was small but adequate. It had a small shower, toilet and a sink. There was a living area with table and 2 chairs, two living room chairs and a large fireplace. The cabin had a window air conditioner as well as a ceiling fan in the bedroom and living room. There was a screened-in front porch and a fire pit and picnic table outside. These cabins are secluded in the woods, it was very quiet and peaceful. We found the cabin to be much more comfortable than a hotel room and less expensive. Search Big Springs Lodge and Cabins to find out more information. This was a perfect getaway.
Written 4 August 2013
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newforce3
Sumter, SC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I loved Van Buren and especially enjoyed Big Spring. I recommend this spot to anyone, but be sure to bring a camera to capture your trip.
Written 14 September 2005
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michele09kirkman
Bonne Terre, MO2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
My husband and I along with two other couples stayed here June 15th to camp, it was absolutely awful from the time we pulled in to the time we left! We were constantly being followed by the park rangers all through the campground. Got pulled over twice in a matter of an hour. Once for doing 3mph over the 25mph limit and then randomly to check for open containers. My husband riding passenger had an open beer. We were then informed that it is illegal to have an open container on federal ground. We were then issued a ticket and told it would cost $50 and let go. Come to find out the ticket is $150.00!!! We ate dinner at some terrible bbq place in town and then returned to our tent to camp for the night. On our drive to our campsite we were stopped once again by the park rangers to see if the driver had been drinking that night. My husband is a teacher and I am a nurse. Our friends were also teachers and one a carpenter. We are by no means law breaking miscreants who disrespect officers of the law. There were no grounds for this type of harassment from the rangers. Just a bunch of hillbillies on a power trip with nothing to do. Will never ever go back to this place and unless you like harassment from park rangers and local police I suggest you stay away from the town of van buren altogether. It's a shame that such a beautiful place is surrounded by fools.
Written 28 June 2015
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readytotravel95
great midwest159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
We stayed in one of the historic stone cabins, built by the CCC in the 1930's using stone quarried in the area as well as local lumber. What a treat! We were in #403, which also has a huge stone fireplace and screened in porch. The cabins are on the hillside above the spring and river, very secluded and quiet. We sat on the screened porch and watched deer roam the area. The cabins are also pet-friendly, and our dogs loved it as well. A couple things to remember - the cabins only come with towels and bed linens, so bring your own dishes and soap. Also, the National Park Service is going to be shutting them down in November, 2014 to begin a long renovation project, so if you want to stay in one now, call right away. This was one of, if not the, most incredible cabins my husband and I have ever stayed in.
Written 13 October 2014
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montgomery627
Bastrop, LA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
Another one of God's hidden beauties. Just unbelievable. Can't believe that I had never heard of it before. A have to see!!!
Written 11 September 2016
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InnKeeper Mark
Rogersville, MO46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
Wrapped this into a 2-day trip with grandkids, staying at Big Spring Lodge and Cabins for the evening. One of Missouri's first parks (now under the National Park Service), thus, old cabins, but for this group of six, it worked out fine. Understand they are closing the Lodge and Cabins in 2015 for a multi-million dollar upgrade. The Spring, park and area was all great fun as we hiked (saw lots of deer), ate at the Lodge, and just had a great bonding time with the little ones.

If not overnight, worth the short trip off US-60 to see this historical spring, Missouri's largest. The next day, a short hop up to Johnson Shut-Ins State Park, and Elephant Rocks State Park, both well worth including. A beautiful part of Missouri.
Written 16 July 2014
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Martha G
Senatobia, MS118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
We rode to Big Spring at sunset to see it. Since it was only 3 miles from the Rosecliff where we were staying, we did this after we checked in bc I wanted to see it and I knew the next day would be all about the float trip. The drive was pretty. The humidity, hot temperature and cold water made a fog on the stream that was picture perfect as we crossed the little bridge and saw deer grazing at its side. It was like a perfectly serene scene. I took lots of photos in hopes of catching the deer in dusk light in that mist. You can see the spring from the car. We parked and walked the few feet of paved path to the spring and little cave. It was really pretty and ice cold water! Would be a lovely place for a picnic especially in the fall. Deer were everywhere and were not skittish. I do not think you can wade or swim here but there were picnic tables and restrooms and plenty of green space to play.
Written 21 July 2017
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James F
207 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
Big Spring is absolutely beautiful. It is one of the world's largest single feed springs. The water is one of the prettiest blues I have ever seen. The park offers amenities such as bathrooms, rental cabins, campsites and boat ramps.
Written 13 September 2016
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On_Da_Road1
On Da Road193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
The springs are big and the surrounding area is very nice and peaceful. Nice little hike along springs & bluff when you go past where it starts. Nice picnic tables in the area.
Written 1 September 2016
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