Missouri is known for its many springs and waterfalls, and you’ll encounter them frequently as you explore the natural areas around West Plains. This scenery is the backdrop for quiet rest as well as outdoor recreation.
- 12 million gallons of water per day
Althea Spring is the 23rd largest spring in Missouri. It was named for the daughter of Dr. Paul Patrick who was an early owner. The spring was used to power a domestic power plant from 1958 to 1977. It comes up from rocks in the hillside and then runs downhill into the North Fork River.
Althea Spring is a popular stopping spot for floaters and is located in the Patrick Bridge Conservation area. It is accessible by land, too. Parking is available at Patrick Bridge then it’s a short walk to the spring.
28 miles From West Plains
Take Highway 160 west toward Caulfield. Four miles past Caulfield, turn right on H Highway. In 4 miles, you will reach Patrick Bridge. Park before crossing the bridge then look for the trail to Althea Spring.
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