BLUE SPRING (CURRENT RIVER)
The Ozarks region 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.
Blue Spring (Current River)
- 310 feet deep
- 90 million gallons of water per day
The spring was called “Spring of the Summer Sky” by Native Americans. It is 310 feet deep! That is what gives it the vivid blue color. It is one of the deepest springs in the United States. How deep is 310 feet? You could put the Statue of Liberty in Blue Spring and her torch would be five feet below the surface of the water! Blue Spring is the 6th largest spring in the state with a daily discharge of 90 million gallons of water per day.
The spring is accessible by a short trail that, at times, runs alongside the Current River. The spring itself is owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation, but the land surrounding it belongs to the National Park Service.
71 miles From West Plains
Take Highway 63 north toward Willow Springs. Just before Willow Springs, take Highway 60 east toward Mountain View. Stay on Highway 60 for 34 miles then turn left on Highway 19 at Winona. In a half mile, turn right on H Highway. In 12.5 miles, turn right on Highway 106. In 8 miles, turn right on County Road 535 (there will be a sign for Blue Spring). In 2.5 miles, you will reach a parking area at the trailhead.
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