Big Spring is the largest spring in Missouri and one of the largest in the world with an average daily water flow of 286 million gallons!! The source of all of the water is a recharge area extending as far as 40 miles to the west. The water travels through crooks and crannies of the karst underground. Water can take more than 130 days to reach the spring's outlet. The water rushes out from the base of a dolomite bluff and then travels nearly 1000 feet before feeding into the current river.
Big Spring became a State Park in 1924, Missouri's first. The Civilian Conservation Corps arrived in the mid-1930's and helped conserve the area's resources. They built a campground, lodging and dining facilities and dug a echannel for the spring's water (helped in preventing recurring flooding). The spring is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways which was established in 1964 and includes Alley Spring and Round Spring. We looked at some camping options and feel that this could be a great spot to return to next year.