(Van Buren MO)
Part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways …
Big Spring boiled up, from the base of a limestone cliff, at a rate of 286 million gallons per day. Water temperatures in the spring remains about 55-58 degrees year round. A large, clear pond formed before it flowed into the Current River not too far away.
One of the most popular springs in the system it was developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). They built a stone lodge and rental cabins, and bridges all of which have been restored.
A large park like setting provided picnic and group areas, trails, and river access for boating and fishing. A log cabin was moved to the park and used for craft demonstrations. The campground had electric and drycamp spots.
I stayed for a couple of nights between the spring and the river. An electric site, to run the air conditioner, was chosen for relief from the heat and humidity. I was surprised that it was still so uncomfortable in the latter part of September.
Camp: Big Spring CG-ONSR electric
Scene: Spring, river, cabins