Ozark National Scenic Riverways Powder Mill to Blue Spring on the Current River

West Plains, Missouri

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The Osage Indians were said to have called it Spring of the Summer Sky. Dissolved limestone and dolomite, combined with the 310 foot depth of the spring, gives it that sky-blue hue. The National Park Service brochure illustrates the depth of the spring by saying you could put the Statue of Liberty down into Blue Spring and the torch would be 5 feet below the surface. Blue Spring delivers 90 million gallons of water into the Current River each day. The aquatic plants in the branch just below the surface of the spring impart a rich, green color, and leaves seem to float above the surface due to the clarity of the water. Visiting Blue Spring by trail is the best way to absorb and appreciate its beauty.
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by Jim Warnock (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Osage Indians were said to have called it Spring of the Summer Sky. Dissolved limestone and dolomite, combined with the 310 foot depth of the spring, gives it that sky-blue hue. The National Park Service brochure illustrates the depth of the spring by saying you could put the Statue of Liberty down into Blue Spring and the torch would be 5 feet below the surface.

Blue Spring delivers 90 million gallons of water into the Current River each day. The aquatic plants in the branch just below the surface of the spring impart a rich, green color, and leaves seem to float above the surface due to the clarity of the water. Visiting Blue Spring by trail is the best way to absorb and appreciate its beauty.

© 2017 Jim Warnock/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Plains
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 525 feet
Top Elevation: 562 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Ozark National Scenic Riverways, 573-323-4236, nps.gov/ozar
Local Maps: USGS Powder Mill
Driving Directions: Directions to Ozark National Scenic Riverways: Powder Mill to Blue Spring on the Current River

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