Blue Spring Natural Area Blue Springs Trail

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

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This easy day hike will take you to one of the most beautiful springs in the United States. The turquoise-hued waters of the aptly named Blue Spring make for a wonderful hike destination for those lucky enough to visit this part of the Ozarks. While slightly longer than the traditional path to Blue Spring, this out-and-back trail follows the banks of the Current River and gives hikers the opportunity to enjoy the area’s diverse flora and fauna. Blue Spring has an average daily flow of around ninety million gallons, making it the sixth-largest spring in Missouri. This impressive fl ow is responsible for the formation of underground caves and water passages as the rushing water dissolves limestone and dolomite. At 300 feet, it does hold the record for being the deepest spring in the state, and it is certainly one of the most visually stunning springs you are ever likely to see.
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by JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner (Falcon Guides)

This easy day hike will take you to one of the most beautiful springs in the United States.

The turquoise-hued waters of the aptly named Blue Spring make for a wonderful hike destination for those lucky enough to visit this part of the Ozarks. While slightly longer than the traditional path to Blue Spring, this out-and-back trail follows the banks of the Current River and gives hikers the opportunity to enjoy the area’s diverse flora and fauna.

Blue Spring has an average daily flow of around ninety million gallons, making it the sixth-largest spring in Missouri. This impressive fl ow is responsible for the formation of underground caves and water passages as the rushing water dissolves limestone and dolomite. At 300 feet, it does hold the record for being the deepest spring in the state, and it is certainly one of the most visually stunning springs you are ever likely to see.

© 2014 JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cape Girardeau
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Missouri Department of Conservation—Southeast Regional Office, 2302 County Park Dr., Cape Girardeau 63701; (573) 290-5730; mdc.mo.gov/ discover-nature/places-go/natural-areas/ blue-spring
Local Maps: USGS Eminence
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Spring Natural Area: Blue Springs Trail

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