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The loop trail and out and back trail to the cave total 5.3 miles. The loop trail mostly goes through forest but there are a couple of glades and some nice bluff views of the valley around the Current River.

Cave Spring is the highlight of the trail. Toward the bottom of the trail leading to the cave there are about 100 yards of stinging nettles that you will have to wade through before coming to the cave. You can then walk on a path back into the cave a little ways or stand in the Current River and enjoy the view of the cave and watch Northern Rough-winged Swallows flying about. The trail back to the trailhead follows for quite a ways what looks like an old logging road.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walk from the parking lot to some old rock steps leading to the cave entrance. The cave was closed when we were there but you can still stand in the mouth of the cave.

hiking
2 months ago

Quick, educational hike on a well maintained trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Flat, easy walk around a beautiful state park.

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.

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

hiking
2 months ago

Well maintained trail that is a lot of fun with the family. It started snowing during the hike, which added to the beauty.

Similar to what others said: gorgeous, yet lacking in signage and maintenance. As few hikers attempt it between May and September, however the low ranger staff can’t justify maintaining the path until September. I loved watching river otters cross the Current, as well as having my legs cleaned by minnows while wading.

It's definitely a beautiful hike. Some notes I would like to put out....1. No signal at all so make sure you stay on the trail and don't get lost 2. If you are doing it in September, wear a hat because the spiderwebs are EVERYWHERE #raidersofthelostark 3. There is a dry river bed that has the potential to flood after crazy weather so plan accordingly 4. Wear bug spray, there are allot of horse flies when you sweat. Other than that... great views and pretty trail

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

we hiked 6.26 miles... it was a great trail to hike..Not many people, had some great views on the cliff lookout, and the Spring Cave was pretty Cool..

hiking
Saturday, February 04, 2017

No option for caving.
Very cool cave. Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

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

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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Done this hike on a Geocaching event.
Cool trail, even got to see an eagles nest.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hiked this on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Several cars at trailhead and saw others on trail. Lots of drunk, rowdy people at the cave spring so we didn't stay long there. Saw one copperhead sunning itself on the trial, but uneventful otherwise. Not very scenic, but a decent workout as we kept the pace a little under 20" miles and we finished a little under two hours. Almost entirely wooded/shaded. Gravely terrain made me glad I wore my Keen boots.

hiking
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

This trail was one of my favorites in MO! The cave was wonderful and trail was clean and picked up. Such a variety of nature if you do the entire loop! Moderate describes the difficulty perfect.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Pretty cool hike. Watch out for the Stinging Nettle once you get down close to the river.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The spring is totally worth it.

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

Completed this hike today. The cave is awesome. Would be a great place to hike in and camp down by the cave.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Not a very interesting hike.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Great hike and layout. The switchbacks are perfect making an easy hike with good elevation change. True Ozarks trail.

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

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

hiking
Saturday, May 09, 2015

The trail is very well laid out. The descent to the cave on the river and back out is very easy because of the switchbacks. Take the time and do the loop,not just out and back. You will be rewarded with a pleasant walk. I discovered the biggest redbud tree I ever saw. It had to be 5' accross.

hiking
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Simple walk. Initial climb was surprising, but the rest was very easy. For a spur of the minute hike, it was enjoyable. Pretty vistas and views of the hatchery.

camping
Friday, August 22, 2014

I have camped at Montauk a half a dozen times either for the purpose of coming here to trout fish, or as a staging ground with boy scouts to canoe and do other high adventure activities. beautiful area, great camp sites, fantastic fishing, trails and so much to do in the area.

hiking
Sunday, September 01, 2013

Simple walk but worth it to see the rearing pools of the hatchery and the springs.

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Saturday, June 01, 2013

Doug is right - this is a nice little hike. Well marked and good variety. Parts were a bit overgrown so I would recommend a hat and possibly long pants.

hiking
Saturday, July 28, 2012

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!

hiking
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This trail at Montauk state park in Missouri is the only real marked trail in the park, which is primarily a trout fishing destination. Its a good diversion after a day of fishing. The highlights of the trail are panoramci views of the hatchery and the forest itself. There are a large number of grand old oaks over 100 -150 years old. There is also a grove of short leave pine trees which are native and somewhat scarce.

camping
Sunday, March 27, 2011

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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