Visiting Blue Spring State Park in the Fall | MO State Parks

Visiting Blue Spring State Park in the Fall

Blue Spring State Park is about as confusing as they come. There’s a Blue Springs in Missouri, but that’s a city, so ignore that. There’s a tinier Blue Spring, but it’s not the real thing, so ignore that too. Then there’s apparently a Blue Spring National Park, but in Florida… so.

We’re gonna focus on the real deal, here. Blue Spring State Park. Yeesh, even calling it a state park is a bit controversial. It’s completely surrounded by National Park Service land, yet is owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation. I’m puzzled already.

That said, Blue Spring is stunning. 100% worth the drive, and I’ll show you why!

Visiting Blue Spring State Park

About Blue Spring State Park

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Located along, Current River, Blue Spring is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever find. The Osage tribe reportedly called this spring “Spring of the Summer Sky.” You’ll see why.

The spring is actively etching away the limestone that encloses it. That, plus its 310 foot depth, gives the water that clear blue hue. I mean this when I say, I edited nothing. Not a filter was used. It really is just that blue.

How to Get to Blue Spring State Park

You’ll notice that Eminence is a popular departure point for parks in the area. The same is true for Blue Spring. Take Highway 106 for 14 miles. You’ll turn onto a gravel road that can be a bit dicey.

That’s sort of the nature of Blue Spring. The parking is a dirt square. The restrooms are BYOTP. You’re not here to relax, you’re here to see the water.

Blue Spring State Park Trail

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The trail is a simple one on a flat, clearly marked area. You’ll pass Current River, and reach two points of a scenic overlook.

Trail map

Blue Spring Photos

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I could have posted 100 pictures, but I’ll spare you. You’ll just have to visit and see for yourself!

What to know before you go

Did this post inspire you to visit Blue Spring State Park? Let me know down below!

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Safe travels!

-Maggie

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