The name says it all. Big Spring is not only the largest spring in Missouri, but also one of the largest springs in the world. A dye-trace study has showed that dye introduced into a losing stream 39.5 miles away (near Mountain View) was detected at Big Spring 16 days later. This is the longest distance groundwater trace in the U.S. Large springs such as this depend on large areas of karst landscape to recharge them. The spring is at least 80 feet deep based on research dives.
The gem of the Ozarks, Big Spring is a must see on the driving tour. On an average day, some 278 million gallons of water gush forth from subterranean passages, swelling the nearby Current River.
Directions to Big Spring
From Van Buren, go west on Highway 60. Just after Highway 60 crosses the Current River, head left (south) on Highway 103. Follow Highway 103 south for 1 mile. Turn left at detour* onto Peavine, travel 3 miles into the Big Spring area of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Follow area signs to the parking lot and trailhead to the spring. *bridge construction underway on 103, must take Peavine to get to Big Spring.
County Rd 60-102
Carter Township, MO 63965