Big Spring
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Largest natural spring in Missouri averaging a flow of about 286 million gallons of water a day.
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1-2 hours
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razorbackfans
Green Forest, AR38 contributions
Oct 2022
This is a beautiful spot not far off hwy. 60 in Missouri. The water was gorgeous. The fall colors made it all the prettier. Well worth the stop.
Written 18 December 2022
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Jo S
Pacific, MO70 contributions
Sep 2022
Bring some gnat spray, but this is a must see for everyone once in their lives. The water is cold, watercress is everywhere, and this is one of Missouri's natural wonders.
Written 17 September 2022
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Bev S
Poplar Bluff, MO8 contributions
May 2022 • Family
The trail was nice but a little short. Perfect though for a family with kids or someone incapable of walking long distances. There was some playground equipment as well. Great place for a picnic. Very pretty
Written 18 July 2022
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MichelleJeffS
Fenton, MO13 contributions
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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Kathleen W
Mandeville, LA120 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Big Spring is a beautiful natural spring. The park it is with is is well maintained, clean bathrooms, picnic areas. You can walk right up a path, even look within a cave behind where water is cascading. It’s cool, and shady even in the hottest weather.
Written 16 June 2022
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Athenamue
Paducah, KY90 contributions
Apr 2022
Spring break vacation with family. Easy access to spring right off of road with plenty of parking. Picnic tables were available for us to have a nice lunch. Walkway/trail that leads around the spring is easy to navigate. Great Area.
Written 8 April 2022
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Amanda
Clinton, MO41 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
I went here on a solo trip to escape for a weekend. It was well maintained and beautiful. Would be a great place to bring a family for a day of picnicking and exploring. I’ll be bringing my children with me next time I visit.
Written 29 July 2021
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Blue
18 contributions
Jul 2020
One of the largest springs in the us. Also the best national park in Missouri. The park staff was friendly.
Written 23 July 2020
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Kevin R
3 contributions
Jul 2020
A nice place to visit while traveling through southern Missouri. It is just 10 minutes off of highway 60 at Van Buren. The spring is easy to access after parking. There is a trail to walk but we opted not to.
Written 14 July 2020
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Chrissy P
Kahoka54 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Big Spring is an amazing site! A must see if you are remotely close! So cool! You can pull right up to it too! So if you have people who have a hard time getting around they can still enjoy. There were two IS Geological markers we found- super cool!
Written 8 July 2020
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