Round Spring Trail is a 0.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Eminence, 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.

Length0.3 miElevation gain22 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Round Spring Trail - A short walk from the Round Spring Picnic area takes visitors to an overlook where visitors can view the deep blue-green waters of Round Spring which lies at the base of a moss/fern covered limestone bluff. Interpretive exhibits provide information on geology and an overview of prehistoric peoples who once lived in the area. The spring itself is some 55 feet deep, rising in a nearly circular pool of water before flowing under a natural bridge to join the Current River. On an average day, some 26 million gallons of water flow from the spring. At quiet times, otters, wood ducks and great blue herons may be seen in the spring. People however, are prohibited from swimming or wading in it. Cave Tours April -October Accessibility: This asphalt trail is estimated to typically be at least 5 feet wide. The slope is estimated to be very steep and range from -17% (downhill) to 17% (uphill) grade. The slope is estimated to become steep after the 0.05 mile mark. The park website indicates that this route is wheelchair accessible, use your best judgement and trek safely! There are 3 ADA-compliant car parking spots with access aisles at the paved trailhead lot.

RV parking, campgrounds, picnic areas, cave tours during the summer months

Ozark National Scenic Riverways, ph 573-323-4236

On 19 hwy, where it crosses the Current River, between Salem, and Emminence.

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Dawn Parvin
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Kelly Lindsey
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Mesmerizing surreal blue spring! After the look out, take the short path to the shallow part, to see how clear is that water! If you don’t mind wading through a creek, you can check out the cave, with icicle stalactites this time of year.! Before and after, I visited the Current River on the other side of Hwy 19.

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Jacob Rozner
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Miranda Williams
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail, family friendly and easy too. I do not have kids btw. Two sides to look at on this, easy out and back if you want. Has several options.

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Melisa Keltner
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Nice little walk back to spring.

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C Larson
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Melissa Creed
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WalkingGreat!

Short easy walk with a beautiful view of the turquoise spring water! Make sure to go to the lookout!

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Lani ODell
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Another short easy walk from the parking lot! Make sure to cruise through slowly and maybe you’ll see the horses! They have a herd that like to hang out but Don’t Feed them!!!! You’ll be fined and the locals will turn you in! The spring is beautiful and the cave a little creepy. The water looks like good coloring has been added it’s so blue! I could look at it for hours

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Glenita Mitchem
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Beautiful and easy hike

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Beth Lau
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Nice short, sloped trail that’s paved to see Round Spring and the pond it feeds below. Absolutely stunning colors.

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Joy Price
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Easy walk uphill to an overlook of the spring, then short scramble down to the edge of a spring-fed pond. Beautiful and convenient, right off a parking lot and bathrooms. I’d also definitely recommend the Round Spring Cave tour in the same park.

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Conway Hawn
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Mostly paved trail to the spring. The first stop is where the spring water flows under a natural bridge from the spring, which is on the other side of the bridge. Going up the trail and over the natural bridge takes you to an overlook where you can see the spring.

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Nina Lombardo
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Nature trips

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!

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Conway Hawn
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Quick, educational hike on a well maintained trail.

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Renee Wilmesherr
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Short trail. Beautiful spring. Make sure you walk up the path. Noticed that people thought the spring was just the lower level. The spring itself is up higher.

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Holly Vironda
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Really cool place. Definitely check out the cavern while you're there too.

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Joey Counts
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Awesome view of the spring. Well worth the short hike.

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Micah Lee
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The spring is pretty! The cave tour is the best part though!

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Doug Neidholdt
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Gorgeous spring, great campgrounds. Do in the summer and take the cave tour.

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Megan Waldrop
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My friends and I visited this spring over the weekend and it was incredible! You can feel the chill in the air emanating from the water. I highly recommend this spot if you're also floating down the river because both can be done easily in one day. Enjoy!

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Doug Neidholdt
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Round Spring State Park Campground has full amenities expected at a state park. Fee camping from tent to RV. The location itself has a cave and large spring as special features. The park is a great staging area while you canoe and hike the area.

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James Carroll
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Kelly Dunlap
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Todd Brooks
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Justen Ramsey
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Heather Findley
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Shelly Johnson-Osborn
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Terri Erwin
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Susan Schneider
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Bill Keaggy
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