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“biggest freshwater spring in MO” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Big Spring

Big Spring
Van Buren, MO
573-226-3945
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Van Buren
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Outdoors
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Owner description: Largest natural spring in Missouri averaging a flow of about 286 million gallons of water a day.
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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“biggest freshwater spring in MO”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

went to big springs last week cant believe all the natural spring water that comes out of the earth at this spot so blue and deep, the water is so cold you cant hardly stand in it, when we were children my father use to bring us to Big Springs and dare us to stand in the water, This is the largest spring in Missouri, the park is a very nice place to bring the family for a nice day out in nature

Visited September 2013
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“Big Spring Cabins”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed in cabin 413. It has two small bathrooms/showers and two rooms. It is very rustic and has two small window a/c's with base board heat. No kitchen but did have a small refrigerator, a table with two chairs and a working table with a 2 burner table top burner, coffee pot that needs repair, and toaster that also needs replacing, no sink. Has a screened in porch. Does not have a view of the river when the leaves are on and its on a bluff, no access to the river from the cabin. This is not a clean cabin but its a step up from camping. No TV or phone. Supposed to be under renovations in 2014. It needs it. Constructed in 1939 or so but has had little TLC since. It does have pine walls and ceiling, was well constructed with beautiful detail at the time. Take OFF with you, lots of knats and horse-flys in the Big Spring area.

Visited September 2013
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Lakewood, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“This is. Nice !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The springs are beautiful and the water is so soft and delicious to drink. In the park you can see. White tail does and bucks as well as spotted fawns. Wonderful place to take pictures.

Visited September 2013
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Missouri City, Missouri
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“Big Springs State Park, Lodge and Cabins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

My Aunt and I took an overnight trip to Big Springs State Park in Van Buren, Missouri. Just as the other reviews have said, it is beautiful! The grounds were kept very clean and the spring was easily accessible. It's easy to take a lot of pictures because the colors of the water from the spring are so vibrant. I couldn't find much information regarding the lodge and cabins that are within the State Park, so I will talk about them here. The lodge serves "home cooked" breakfast, lunch and dinner. Very reasonably priced and the food was good. They have several cabins for rent by the night (2 night minimum for weekends). Our cabin was VERY clean. They provide linens (sheets and towels) only, so you would need to bring your own kitchen utensils/pots & pans if you plan on cooking there, plus your bath soaps, etc. You walked up a couple of steps inside the cabin to a loft kitchen area. They have the kitchen equipped with a microwave, coffee pot, toaster, stove and refrigerator (no freezer) and eating area. There are a few different sized cabins available. Our cabin had a bedroom with a full size bed, plus a full size murphy bed in the living room (pulled out from under the kitchen). The bathroom was small but adequate. It had a small shower, toilet and a sink. There was a living area with table and 2 chairs, two living room chairs and a large fireplace. The cabin had a window air conditioner as well as a ceiling fan in the bedroom and living room. There was a screened-in front porch and a fire pit and picnic table outside. These cabins are secluded in the woods, it was very quiet and peaceful. We found the cabin to be much more comfortable than a hotel room and less expensive. Search Big Springs Lodge and Cabins to find out more information. This was a perfect getaway.

Visited July 2013
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Paducah, KY
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“Big Spring Will Not Disappoint”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

As I grew up about an hour away in Poplar Bluff, I have been coming to Big Spring most of my life. Every time I walk up the Spring, I am still amazed at the drama of all that water coming up from under the rock wall face! Don't forget your camera. You can walk all the way around the Spring on a rock/dirt path that goes across the top of the Spring & continues along the bottom of the rock hill on the far side. There are also lots of picnic areas near the spring. Also camping nearby. I believe in the campground you can actually swim in the river that the Spring forms, but it has been twenty years since I camped there, so don't hold me to that one. All in all, you will not be disappointed. There are also other natural attractions in the area, such as Current River, so be sure to do your internet research when you are planning your trip to the area.

Visited July 2013
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