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hiking
8 days ago

When I have more time I plan to come back and explore the rocks below.

22 days ago

Not much of a hike but still nice. The castle is very cool and will visit again.

Beautiful.and short hike to see the hospital! Couldn't figure out quite how to get to it, but scaled some walls/ the natural made bridge to cross over. Was too slippery to drop down and explore the other bank but is very lovely area!

24 days ago

Just a walk up staircase site but very cool to see! Never to a longer hike if you're looking for thag

Amazing hike..!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail but I would rate it as easy. Beautiful spring.

hiking
1 month ago

What a treat! I hiked this after Fire Tower Trail on a beautiful November day. Loved the limestone formations that you can climb on and explore in and around. Some climbing on this trail; I followed it clock-wise. I think "Moderate" is a fair rating.
Will definitely hike this again.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with a history lesson at the end.

2 months ago

great! love the treehouse by Pete Nelson

nature trips
2 months ago

Warning: you may not have gps or cell reception in this area! Download the map if possible!

This is the deepest spring in the state that the public can walk up to! It gets the royal blue color from how deep it is (310feet). If you put the Statue of Liberty in the blue spring she would be submerged (even the torch she holds!). That being said, there are signs staying things about the delicate ecosystem there. Do not ignore that. This place is a natural beauty and a neat opertunity to look into a deep blue abyss. Let’s not ruin that!

There are two trails to get to Blue Spring, me and my group got there from the road and parking lot.
It was pouring down rain. If you drive there and have the same experience, take it slow on the gravel road. Puddles are deceiving some holes were bigger then they looked.
Considering the weather condition, our short hike to the spring was still lovely. The river on the right flowing strong and a beautiful forest to the left that is noticeably a conservation area.
Everything was worth it. The spring was more then blue. It was full of different plant life and fish. Again, I can’t speak for the other trail but as far as driving there goes it is a must-see in my opinion!

An easy hike. A few bluffs and rock outcroppings to see nothing to extraordinary.

hiking
2 months ago

Short easy hike! We saw some really neat trees before reaching the spring. The spring itself dazzled us (and that was after 3 days of seeing the blue sinkholes for the first time!). It looked like it belonged near the ocean.
We crossed a nature made bridge then up the bluff over the cave. Seeing in to the hospital was really cool. There is a $20,000 fine if you go in however due to the endangered species of bats living in the cave. The mouth of the cave is located on the first floor of the hospital towards the back. The doctor who built it believed that patients suffering from breathing trouble (they didn’t call it asthma back then) would improve breaking in the pollen free air from the cave. It didn’t work out though. But you have to admire the beautiful land that gave him the inspiration!

This trail was great! No cell reception so if you plan to use a map on here, download it long before you even get close to this area. Devils Well is a fascinating look from an opening on the top of a cave cavern (that holds water probably around 100feet deep) thanks to a sinkhole forming. A ranger we spoke with told us to be careful and watch for the signs along the trail. Many people get lost confusing the hiking trail with the ATV trail. The hike to Spring Cave was beautiful, in the fall you have less trouble with bugs. We had a baby with us and she was quite the trooper! Only people seen on the trail besides our group of 5 was a small ranger-led tour group.
The cave is something else. It seems the most popular way to get there is by canoe. We had the cave to ourselves for about 20 minutes then all these people seemed to paddle in out of nowhere. There is a deep part in the back of the cave that I was not able to research well until I had WiFi again. I read it can be up to 120 feet deep back there and with a lot of uncertainties. If you go in there, don’t take that lightly. Be very careful, and most of all preserve its mysterious beauty!

nature trips
2 months ago

We camped near the Sunklands and planned part of a day at Round Spring. Sadly the cave tours were closed for the season, but we were not disappointed that we went! The rangers and staff (Jessica especially!) were very educational and friendly. There were informational signs in the parking lot at the start of the trail, as well as public bathrooms that were really nice. Past round spring, You and follow the trail up towards a field, which eventually leads to crossing a long walking bridge. One park ranger advised that you step on two different planks at a time while crossing the bridge..so just wanted to put that out there!

Absolutely beautiful. Well used trail.

One of my favorites the views area wonderful.

Great trail .

hiking
2 months ago

great hike that is a 6 mile up and back. great paved trail. absolutely enjoyed the day and all the trees changing. water fall are beautiful.

Great trail with beautiful views. Starts off on a boardwalk by the shut ins, then becomes a nice switchback over some rocky terrain. Loops down the valley for a ways then ties in with the Ozark Trail for a short distance before heading back up and out a different way than it came in

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful during the fall. This was my second time back and loved it. Fall here is breathtaking, just wish I could share the photos I took. Yes it costs money to get in but I feel it is worth it.

Great family trail !

walking
2 months ago

This is really a beautiful area, especially in the Fall. Hiked some of the trail and explored the water falls. Nice!

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent little hike! Very well maintained.

My husband and I really enjoyed this trail. Varying terrain, views and moderate difficulty kept it interesting. I suggest bearing right at the trailhead instead of left on the paved path. You'll reach the shut-ins at the end of the trail which is kind of like the grand finale of the trail. We hiked during the first weekend in October and encountered 2 -3 couples on the trail and that was it. Most people were swimming the shut-ins.

walking
3 months ago

Nice walk around the old ruins of the Snyder castle. They have built a new wooden fence to keep you back a little farther since the remaining stone structure is deteriorating. Very scenic showing off the surrounding bluff and the Niangua end of the Lake of the Ozarks.

Wonderful photogenic spot with great reflections of red mill in the water.

By far my favorite hike in Missouri

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, love getting to the bottom on hot summer day to feel the cooler air from the cold spring water.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is not far from my home. The loop trail is nice but the best sights are off of the trail, traveling trough the valley to the caves.

hiking
3 months ago

Too short to really get into a stride, but the view from the top is nice. You're on a wooden bridge and trail for part of it. Cool rocks to climb on. You can connect to Fire Tower Trail from this trail, which I did later in the day to shorten the Fire Tower Trail (running out of daylight).

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