When someone is referring to Cave Spring in Missouri it is usually the large spring in northern Shannon County near Devils Well, but there is another Cave Spring that lies just southeast of Van Buren near Hunter, MO that is just as worthy as a visit as its big brother.
CAVE SPRING – VAN BUREN/HUNTER
Access: Gravel Road
Nearest Town: Hunter, MO
Photogenic Rank: 3
Solitude Rank: 4
Best Time: Early Morning/Late Afternoon
Best Season: Early Spring/Early Fall
Large Scenic Shelter, Remnants of mill dam
Steep Narrow Gravel Road to Parking Area
The Missouri Ozarks is filled with numerous small, off-the-paved road, springs. Many of these springs look similar and are not very scenic from a photographer’s viewpoint, but Cave Spring near the unincorporated town of Hunter, Mo is one of the exceptions.
Flowing an average of 1.38 million gallons per day, Cave Spring does not even come close to its neighbor Big Spring, which gushes out on average 276 million gallons per day. What it lacks in flow, it makes up with a large shelter overhang and scenic run-off.
One of the most confusing things about Cave Spring is that it shares its name with another well-known Cave Spring near the northern reaches of Current River in Shannon County. Cave Spring – Shannon is famous for being able to paddle a canoe into the wide cave entrance.
Cave Spring – Hunter is located west of Hunter, MO, which is southeast of Van Buren. Check out the Google Map below, to help find the spring.
On my first visit, I passed up the road off of HWY E, but I had the National Geographic Ozark Topo Map and the DeLorme Missouri Atlas & Gazetteer and eventually found the narrow, steep, gravel road that ended in a small turn-around. There is no “official” parking area, so I pulled off the road so that others can get by.
A path is located near the runoff and leads up to the headwaters of the spring. A small dam exists where the water exits the shelter.
One of the nice things is even though this is a cave the opening is so small that there are no metal gates that prevent you from enjoying the shelter overhang.
If you are in the area and preferably have a high clearance vehicle this is a great spot to visit while in Van Buren.
For photographers, the unique shelter and runoff are well worth the visit in early spring when the spring runoff is normally higher.
To get directions from Google Maps click on the red tab below and enter your address. Please be advised that the Google gives directions from the nearest “known” street.
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