Hope springs eternal the saying goes, and in Missouri, our springs have a constant flow of cool, clear water. On a hot summer day, there’s no better way to beat the heat than with nature's air conditioning, springside. There’s also no better photo-op as many springs are some of the most scenic areas in the state.
Nearly 4,000 springs have been mapped in Missouri with most in the Ozarks. In earlier days, frontiersman mined the springs for salt and spa's were developed around them for water therapy.
Springs are a cool and constant 56 degrees from underground from where they flow. Many have a blue tint from their depth and the reflection of minerals in the sunlight. More than a billion gallons of water flows daily from Missouri’s ten largest springs.
Big Spring is the largest, Alley Spring the most photographed, and Blue Spring the deepest. At over 300 feet, you could place the statue of liberty at the bottom of Blue Spring and the torch would still be five feet underwater. Many unique plants and animals can be found in and around springs like watercress, crayfish, salamanders, sculpins, trout and cave fish. So if you hope to cool off this summer, visit one of Missouri's springs that seem to flow eternally.
For more on springs, visit MDC’s Field Guide. Take a drone video tour over Alley Spring in the video below by Ozark videographer, Neil Rosenbaum.