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hiking
17 days ago

Some of the reviews and recordings are of the .3 mile trail that is closer to the spring. The 2.9 mile trail runs along the Current River from a parking area that I had to walk to because the road was closed.

This trail is mostly level but narrow in spots by the river. There is a washout of a couple of feet where the trail has fallen into the river but the trail is still being maintained and easily passable. When this trail connects up with the .3 mile trail it becomes much better defined.

The spring has a viewing deck at the base of the cliff and stairs up the side of the cliff to another viewing deck. The highlight was an Osprey flying down the river and a Summer Tanager calling in a Sycamore above the trail.

Great short trail, very easy. The spring is stunning. Hidden gem of MO!

hiking
1 month ago

Short trail to stairs that lead down to an overlook where you can just see the surface of the largest underground natural lake in Missouri. The temperature drops at least ten degrees as you descend the stairs. A light activated by motion illuminates the lake surface.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a mostly wooded trail that is well blazed and has some wonderful old chinquapin oaks along it. It does partly overlap the Current River Trail that runs from the Current River State Park to Echo Bluff State Park. Heading south on the trail there are a couple of glades that overlook the valley the Current River flows through that are very scenic. Found a gorgeous Chicken of the Woods next to the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a wide, chat covered trail. I'm guessing it's rated moderate because it entails some steep climbs but otherwise it is an easy trail. The trail celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Missouri State Park system so there are educational signs at different stops around the trail that describe Missouri State Park system history. There are two scenic overlook stops that look over the Current River and the surrounding valley the river flows through. The highest scenic overlook has some benches to sit and enjoy the view.

hiking
1 month ago

My GPS tracked this trail as approximately 2.7 miles (the trailhead sign says 2.6) and not 3.9 miles as stated in the above description. Kudos to whoever blazed the trail, as it is extremely easy to follow even though it is lightly used. The trail is entirely wooded except for about 10 yards at the start that pass under power lines. There are some beautiful oak trees along the trail, which are the highlight of the trail. This would make a great spring or fall hike when you can see into the surrounding valleys.

so glad we found this trail was worth the walk

hiking
1 month ago

This is a flat, easy trail that has the Current River on one side and bluffs on the other for a good part of the trail. About half way down the trail, a large Sycamore tree has fallen and blocked the trail. It is possible to climb through branches and then over the tree trunk and continue on the trail to the spring.

On the other side of the spring is an old hospital that you can climb to by crossing the rocks to your right as you look at the spring. Once on the other side of the rock crossing, you will do some rock climbing and then walk on a ledge above the spring. Don't slip or you will have about a 15 foot drop into the spring. On the other side is the hospital, which was built at the turn of the last century.

There are some brochures at the trailhead that give some insight into the history of the area so I gave the trail an extra star for the educational aspect. It is definitely a lightly used trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is an easy trail for children. Mostly a woodland trail with a creek that runs through the middle of the trail loop. The small waterfall was enjoyable.

Fun hike. Found a couple of morels along the trail. A black and white warbler and red-eyed vireo posed for us. The overlook at the top of the hill overlooking the mill and valley was beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

The old mill is a highlight of this short hike. It sets next to a spring that averages 81 million gallons a day. The bridge over the creek has long since washed away so it’s an out and back trail now.

hiking
3 months ago

New trail that overlooks the river and lodge. Some nice scenic overlooks and interesting rock formations along the trail.

Really beautiful spot. The road is difficult to drive so be careful. Has bathrooms at trail head. Trail flat and easy. Spring is pretty.

Short hike to a beautiful spot. Hospital ruins are cool. We climbed the cliff to see inside. When driving down the gravel road and it T's, go right and there is parking.

Nice, easy trail. A couple of totally useless wooden bridges alongside the trail. Made no sense. So many cairns. Very well marked trail that would have been easy to follow even without the markers on trees. What is up with all the cairns? Stop.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail, easy to follow
The park itself is a bit too commercialized..

hiking
3 months ago

nice little trail with plenty to see

Very pretty area

hiking
3 months ago

Well marked trail. We saw about 10+ other people while we were out there, so it's moderately trafficked in my opinion. However, the spring was very pretty and worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

So amazing. There are stairs so be prepared. There used to be a neat barn on the way, but vandals burned it down.

hiking
4 months ago

I have been here twice. I can not get enough of this beauty.

For as short as this trail is, it's packed with awesomeness. The area itself is amazing. I could sit and look at the spring all day. Great place for family pictures. So clean!

Simply put... beautiful place!

hiking
5 months ago

An absolutely beautiful spring! The road from south of Alton (160) is quite curvy. The sign to the trail is very small, so don’t miss it! The trail is actually only 1 mile and the elevation change is 450 feet. The spring is clear and peaceful. We saw a bald eagle soaring above the spring today!

nature trips
7 months ago

We found this place by chance a few years back. It was beautiful but had an eeriness to the location.

hiking
8 months ago

Great little trail.

Easy trail. Great state park.

nice trail, well maintained did it in November no one but us.The springs at the end were worth the trip, make sure you go down and to your left at the waters edge to see the main outlet of the water, just be careful on the rocks.

hiking
8 months ago

This is definitely a must see! This hike is super easy and straightforward. The beautiful blue waters of this spring are worth the walk. I took my 2 year old son with no problem! I actually hiked this one twice in one weekend so I could take my husband to see it.

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