Ozark Trail - Between the Rivers Section is a hiking trail in Oregon County and Carter County, Missouri. It is 46.6 miles long and begins at 645 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,649 feet. The Sinking Creek Lookout Tower (elevation 1,024 feet) tower is near the trailhead. The Bristol Cemetery and the Big Spring Lookout Tower (elevation 866 feet) tower can be seen along the trail.
Ozark Trail - Between the Rivers Section Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike combines the Spring Branch Trail and a portion of the Stone Ridge Trail. Big Spring is one of those hikes that shouldn’t be rushed because you’ll want to allow plenty of gawking time. See the largest spring in Missouri and one of the three largest in the United States at a rate of 286 million gallons per day. Big Spring was one of Missouri’s first state parks and operated as such from 1924 to 1969, when it became part of a national park.Begin at the dining lodge. Be sure to check out the stone water fountain to the right of the lodge. Then climb the set of stairs next to the water fountain, shortly coming to an overlook. Down on your left, you can see the confluence of the Big Spring Branch with the Current River. The Big Spring flow constitutes enough water to be a river unto itself, but it only flows a few hundred yards before mixing with the Current River."
--Jim Warnock, Five-Star Trails The Ozarks (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Located just south of Van Buren, Big Spring offers hikers and sightseers an amazing opportunity. The spring is the largest in Missouri, considered by many to be the largest in the United States, and one of the largest springs in the world. The Spring Branch Trail offers prime viewing."
--JD Tanner and Emily Ressler Tanner, Best Easy Day Hikes: Missouri Ozarks (Falcon Guides).
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