Hike to Blue Spring

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Distance

1 miles

Elevation Gain

29 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Lucas Bremer

Over 310 feet deep, and one of the deepest in the United States, Blue Spring's vivid blue color is one you must see to believe.

If you were to place the Statue of Liberty in Blue Spring, the torch of the monument would still be 5 feet below the surface. As part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Blue Spring is a must see and pinnacle of the nature preserve. The 6th largest spring in Missouri with water discharge at an average of 90 million gallons per day, Blue Spring helps feed the Current River with a year round water source.

While it is completely surrounded by National Park Service land, the spring itself is owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Wading or swimming in the spring are strictly prohibited. Being a part of the great park though, swimming, wading, and paddling are all enjoyed on the adjacent Current River area. You can access the spring via boat, which cuts the trail time in half, but most drive to the parking area where picnic tables and a primitive bathroom is available.

The trail itself an out and back of a half mile each way from the parking area. It is a well worn path, but does get muddy in the wet seasons. The trail follows the Current River on its side then spurs off towards the stream from the spring. Here large bluffs line the trail leading the the viewing platform. The spring is aqua teal, deep royal blue, and the edges with a vibrant green. It is truly something you have to see in person to truly appreciate.

Then return the way you came and head to one of the other amazing stops at Ozark National Scenic Riverways. 

Note: The dirt road leading the trail head has a steep grade and at times can have large potholes. It is best to have a high clearance vehicle to access the trail.

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Canoeing
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Fishing
Photography
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Kayaking
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Dog Friendly
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Family Friendly
Forest
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Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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