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Big Spring Campground is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Van Buren, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 413 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Camping

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Bird watching

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Getting There

Note: As of May 2019, only half of the trail is open due to construction of a new bridge. Please check with the park page for updates and information. Big Spring Campground are full service for fee facilities located at the largest spring in the United States. Miles of trail to explore. The name says it all. Big Spring is indeed a big spring and the biggest in Missouri in terms of average daily discharge with some 276 million gallons of cool spring water (58 degrees Fahrenheit) flowing from it each day. This is one of the largest springs in the world. A dye-trace study has showed that dye introduced into a losing stream 39.5 miles away (near Mountain View) was detected at Big Spring 16 days later.

Big Spring Campground has sites for tents as well as RVs. Some have electric hook-ups and some do not. There are no water or sewer hook-ups, but a dump station is located nearby. Picnic Areas are located throughout the area, with tables and grills. There are two picnic shelters, Big Spring Shelter, located near the Spring and Peavine Shelter, located near the campground, that can be reserved. Big Spring Lodge and nearby cabins are wonderful examples of Depression era architecture. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps they are still solid and in use today. The Lodge serves fine meals during the warmer months, and the cabins are available to rent. call 573-323-4423

Ozark National Scenic Riverways, ph 573-323-4236

From Van Buren, go west on Highway 60. Just after Highway 60 crosses the Current River, head left (south) on Highway 103. Follow Highway 103 south for 4 miles into the Big Spring area of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Follow area signs to the parking lot and trailhead to the spring.

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HikingBugsOver grown

The trailhead has a beautiful park water rapids view. I’m giving the trail a low rating due to the trail was slightly overgrown and infested with ticks!!

Glenita Mitchem
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Moderate to easy trails depends on your fitness level and sense of adventure. Grew up in this area so holds a special place in my heart. Beautiful spring awesome blue color and absolutely gorgeous if we have alot of fall colors.

Jamie Schaffer
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Nice trail, been going there for years. Some of it is under construction due to the flood a little while back.

Conway Hawn
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Only about half of the trail is open. The other half is closed due to what I’m guessing is because there is construction of a new bridge next to the trail. The half that was open was a nice nature walk.

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Teresa Jean
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we were the only ones who walked thr trail was very peaceful. we seen 6 deer during the trail. Trail isnt marked so if you start from spring lake sure you turn right and not left and end of trail or you will be walking the current river trail

Sharon Shannon
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Hiking

A pleasant easy walk in the fall. I took my camera and shot kingfishers, woodpeckers and of course, the Springs

Doug Neidholdt
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Nice sites. Restrooms under repaired.

Leslie Singleton
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Ed M.
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J JenningsOutside
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Drake Drummond
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Lorraine P.
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Kristine Rule
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Flora Moore
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Jerry De Los Reyes
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Abi Jackson
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Kim Sisco
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Theresa Oberlag
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Shannon E.
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Shea Allen
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Chris Farrell
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Jordan Elizabeth
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