Big Day at Big Spring

One time my parents came to visit us and we took them to a couple of local springs. My momma LOVED water. I mean loved!! Oceans, rivers, lakes, pools, and mountain streams, water was her thing.

Yesterday, my son and I went back to one of the places we took her. Near Van Buren, MO is a place called Big Spring.

near Van Buren, MO

It is a beautiful, powerful natural spring, tucked back in the corner of the rocks, by a small cave. I took a video so you could hear it.

Big Spring, Van Buren Missouri

When we were there in 2018 with my parents, my momma took a picture of me that she absolutely loved. It was me, looking at the spring.

picture of me my momma took in
September 2018 at Big Spring

To try to recreate it, I had my son take a picture of me yesterday. Funny thing is, I had no idea, but I was actually wearing the same blue long sleeve shirt!

me at Big Spring July 2022

Behind the spring is a set of rock steps that go up and lead to a short trail. It was 102 degrees yesterday and luckily, the trail was shaded.

one of two trails at Big Spring
trail sign
looking up from trail
looking down from trail

The trail just sort of ends. You can turn around or walk across a bridge and back to the parking lot. We chose the bridge because it’s new and it took a couple of years to build. It was our first time to walk across it.

view back towards Big Spring
from the new bridge

If you are ever near Van Buren, MO, Big Spring is definitely worth a stop. There is a campground, access to the Current River, an old CCC camp as well.

We really enjoyed our day, despite the heat. Our adventures didn’t end there, but that’s for another post.

Thanks for reading. Hope you have a wonderful day.


14 thoughts on “Big Day at Big Spring

  1. It looks like a beautiful place to visit. I don’t do well in the heat, so I would like to visit in the fall. I bet it is beautiful there! I can understand how your mom loved water – lakes, rivers, etc – it is beautiful and very soothing. Seeing all that water coming out of the spring is kind of like a miracle, isn’t it? So much water! I love water, too.

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    • Oh my gosh, yes!!! A miracle is exactly what it is!!! Fall and even winter are a wonderful time to go there. It’s a wildlife refuge, too, when in the fall, deer are everywhere. Love that you love water, too. My momma’s love for it rubbed off on me. I am a fan of all sorts of water.

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    • Hi. Let me know if you ever come to southeast Missouri. There are several places with natural springs I bet you’d love. Alley Spring, Round Spring, Greer Spring, Blue Spring… and more. Beautiful area.


    • Hi Linda. ❤️ Thank you. We had a lot of fun. After the spring, we went to a small zoo with kangaroos! Will be sharing that tomorrow. Hope you’re doing great! Love and hugs!


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