Welch Spring Trail

EASY 13 reviews

Welch Spring Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salem, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.0 miles
19 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers

The Welch Spring Trail is a mile out & back trail that follows the banks of the Current river to the eight largest spring in the state of Missouri. The daily flow is 75 million gallons. The spring flows from a cave at the base of a bluff and travels a short 100 ft. before entering the river.

23 days ago

LOVE this site! whenever someone comes to visit this is a must see. Trail is very easy since it follows an old road along the river. You can hike a deer path on the hill behind the spring to an old chimney and to the old hospital built over a cave entrance. The cave is now barred to protect the bats.

1 month ago

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

2 months 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.

4 months ago

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.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Easy trail. To get to the hospital, there is a small rock crossing that you can use to get across the water. There's a 10 foot climb after that where you'll need to use your hands and feet to climb it. Once you get past that climb, there is a trail on your left about 6-7 feet away. That trail is easy to follow and will take you over the bluff directly to the hospital. You'll be able to look down into the hospital. There's a cave inside the hospital itself in the back on the ground floor. You can't actually get inside the hospital or the cave, but it is really neat.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Very easy trail. But I have a tip for the adventurist, there is a small goat trail off of the main trail near the end that will take you up the side of the bluff and around to the old hospital. The hospital is built around a cave also.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A lovely little spot. Here is some more history on the hospital.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Easy walk along an old roadbed to the spring. The spring is quite impressive and a beautiful scene with the deep blue water gushing into the river. There are the old ruins of a stone hospital that was built on the other side of the spring. The owner believed the spring would help cure ailments. You cannot get to the ruins themselves from this trail unless you want to do some swimming, but you get a nice view of them.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Welch spring on the current river, can be accessed by canoe or by the trail. I have done both. Nice scenic spot. The trail is a flat trail that follows the river. Doable by almost anyone. worth a peak.

4 months ago

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Thursday, June 09, 2016

paddle sports
Sunday, October 26, 2014