Blue Spring Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Winona, 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.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
39 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

Called "Spring of the Summer Sky" by Native Americans, the more famous Blue Spring is on the Current River and is one of the most beautiful places you'll ever find, anywhere. The spring itself is over 310 feet deep, one of the deepest in the United States.This gives it a vivid blue color that one must see to believe. If you were to place the Statue of Liberty in Blue Spring, her torch would be five feet below the surface of the water!

nature trips
1 month 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!

hiking
5 months 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.

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

Friday, September 01, 2017

Beautiful location! Easy trail for the whole family.

hiking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Real unique area. Unworldly blue.

hiking
Friday, November 11, 2016

Great destination hike to hit if you're in the area. The fall colors and the blue water made it more than worth the short trek. I made the trip in the mid morning and the sun was behind the cliffs. I would imagine it's even more beautiful in the afternoon with the sun on the water.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Easy hike! Beautiful water! Enjoyed the views!

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We took this trail just before sunset, its not that long, but the path isn't paved and there are some roots that make the hike less smooth than I would have liked. But, once hitting the spring it made it all worth it! Such a beautiful place. The path provides in ground trash cans which is nice, so there wasn't any trash on the trails.

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

Got lost and ended up at Powder Mill. Found sign that sail "Blue Springs - 1 mi" Do not take this trail!!!! It starts out ok but at one point trail is blocked by a beaver dam. Then trail narrows and becomes difficult. Found Blue Springs and it was gorgeous. One the way back though the trail disappeared entirely in spots. Do not go this way

hiking
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Just returned to powder mill to camp in the area and while there hiked back to Blue Spring again. Beautiful site.

camping
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Returned again. Nice campground, nice restrooms, not just a pit toilet, water available at camp.

hiking
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Went back taking family. Caught the spring flowers in bloom, they were so thick and fragrant, it smelled light perfume the whole way to the spring. Spring is gorgeous with its deep blue hue. Great campsite at Power Mill camp site, at the trail head.

hiking
Friday, August 29, 2014

The hike is not remarkable but pleasant. You have numerous views of the Current River along the way to Blue Spring, which is the destination. Blue Spring is very remarkable because of the blue caste to the water at the spring. Powder Mill NF campground is a nice stop over or a nice primitive campsite to spend several days in as you canoe, fish, hike, etc. in the area.

hiking
Thursday, August 28, 2014


The hike is a destination hike, not taken for general beauty, though in the spring you can catch wildflowers in bloom, and in the fall, the fall color can be attractive. The uniqueness of the color of the spring's water is the draw. It is a vivid deep blue.

8 months ago

Monday, October 24, 2016

hiking
Monday, June 15, 2015