There are several springs in Missouri that are referred to as Blue Spring, but only one them holds the title of deepest. At over 300 feet deep, you could submerge London’s Big Ben and only have six feet above water. Just knowing this when you look over the safety of the boardwalk gives you a whole new outlook, when you gaze into the bluish depths.
Location: Ozark NSR
Access: Gravel Road
Nearest Town: Eminence, MO
Photogenic Rank: 4
Solitude Rank: 3
Best Time: Early Morning
Best Season: Late Spring/Early Fall
6th Largest Spring in Missouri, 310 Foot Deep, Deepest Spring in Missouri, Boardwalk, Overlook
No-wading or swimming, Steep gravel road
Blue Spring ranks among the picturesque springs of Missouri. Located just a short distance from the quaint town of Eminence, Mo, on Hwy 106, a steep gravel road descends to the trailhead located near the banks of Current River.
A short hike on a well-maintained trail takes you on a journey through a calming forest with the river on your right keeping you company for most of the walk. Visiting in spring and fall will make sure that the summer crowds have dispersed, potentially allowing you to explore the spring at your leisure.
Unlike Big Spring near Van Buran, Blue Spring does not boil from the ground, but is generally calm and unlike Alley Spring which has seen many years of human habitation, Blue Spring appears more natural and at peace with its environment.
The main signs of human disturbance are structures that allow you to see why Blue Spring is a special place in the Ozarks. A wooden boardwalk takes you along a bluff and out to an area where you can gaze down into what some call the bluest water in Missouri.
From this vantage point it is hard to imagine that this area is so deep that recreational divers would not be able to reach the bottom. Even professional divers have only been able to descend 245 feet. (No diving permitted without a special permit) A side-trail winds its way to the top the bluff where a wooden overlook lets you take in the beautiful spring from above.
Photographers may at first find it difficult to find an interesting angle to tell the story of Blue Spring, but with patience and the right timing you are sure to walk away from the 6th largest spring in Missouri with a satisfying photo.
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