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Big Spring 'Shadey Haven' © Firefly Creek
The humidity and the warmth create a natural mist rising off the cool Spring. Gentle breezes against the water in the shade make it an ideal respite.
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Big Spring
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BIG SPRING
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Big Spring
'Shadey Haven'
© Firefly Creek

The humidity and the warmth create a natural mist rising off the cool Spring. Gentle breezes against the water in the shade make it an ideal respite.

Big Spring
© Mark Manis Alton, IL

Big Spring
'Big Springs with Caves'
© Copyright 2007 - Ken Robinson

Taken July 17th, 2007

Big Spring
'Woodchuck'
© Firefly Creek

This woodchuck let me get so close it was unbelievable, then I got so excited my focus was off but I thought Id share anway.

Big Spring
'Big Springs Path'
© Firefly Creek

This is the flow of Big Spring overlooking the bridge toward the south. The dolomite limestone underground karst gives the water its beautiful aqua blue color.

Big Spring
'Spring Mist'
© Firefly Creek

The humidity and warmth create a misty fog eminating off the Spring that travels the distance of the tributary to the Current River during the Summer months.

Big Spring
© Mark Manis Alton, IL

Big Spring
© Mark Manis Alton, IL

Big Spring
© Mark Manis Alton, IL

Big Spring
© Mark Manis Alton, IL

Big Spring
© Firefly Creek

Big Spring
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring
'Deer Looking at You'
© Firefly Creek

They kept coming over, a few at a time until there were so many they would not all fit in the camera shot I needed a panaramic lense.

Big Spring
'Deer A Grazing'
© Firefly Creek

These deer kept increasing a few at a time within a few minutes they were foraging and just in time when I arrived.

Big Spring
'Behind Big Spring in Nov 2011'

This photograph was taken in Nov 2011 from just within the walls behind Big Spring.

Big Spring
'Big Springs with snow'
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The name says it all. Big Spring is indeed a big spring and the biggest in Missouri in terms of average daily discharge with some 276 million gallons of cool spring water (58 degrees Fahrenheit) flowing from it each day. This is 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.


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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 25 USE TO WORK THERE by SHARON CLARK
I use to work there as a maintenance worker and I enjoyed it. I had worked on a program that was like seasonal. I got to meet a lot of people there. I am from here and have been all my life.
November 2 Old tales> by Nancy
My grandfather told me that long ago the springs came off from the top of the mountain!!
August 23
February 21 an amazing place to be by brittney kreitel
my family always brought us up here when we were younger and the scenery was just amazing and beatuiful. its very peaceful and a good place to relax and take the family
July 30 family tradition by The Linsons
we go every year to canoe on the current river and on our way down we stop by Big Spring. Its a beautiful place to visit and our kids love it. We recently got engaged while visiting the spring so now it will always be special to us.
July 21 We go there every year! by lizno88
My family and I have been going year once a year during the month of July to float the current river as well as stay at Big Springs National Park. We also bring along other families who always love going... even children!
July 11 beautiful! by courtney
I visit every year when Im in town! It is simply just a beautiful spring and worth the drive if you are in the area.
May 8 One of the best
Best all around park I have stayed at. Clean park with lots to do with family.


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