Round Spring National Park is Missouri’s gift to the nation, yet so few know about it. Located in Eminence, MO, Round Spring is perfect for a short hike or a long stay. Today, I’ll show you the ins and outs of Round Spring National Park; the campground, the trail, spring and more!
Visiting Round Spring National Park
About Round Spring National Park
Round Spring was a state park before it hit the national scale. From 1932 until 1964, Missouri owned this little slice of heaven. Then, the state donated it to the National Park Service and we’re eternally grateful.
Round Spring is a smaller park, consisting of a cave (closed to covid), spring, campground and picnic area.
How to Get to Round Spring National Park
Round Spring National Park is located in Eminence, MO. It’s a quick drive following MO-19 N.
Round Spring Campground
Round Spring campgrounds are perfect for a for tent or RV. Two campgrounds are located on the property. There are electric hook-up sites and a dump station is available. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 877-444-6777.
Round Spring National Park Trail
The trail at Round Spring is a simple one, about 0.4 miles with little elevation. It’s an easy hike suitable for most people. It’ll take you around the Current River and straight to the spring with the best lookout point.
The spring is really something. It’s about 55 feet deep, which is enough to fit the Statue of Liberty. Approximately 26 million gallons of water flow from the spring, which you wouldn’t think from first looking at it.
Ducks and herons are abound, and on occasion, a team of wild horses. While these horses may seem accustomed to humans, they’re not. Admire them from a distance.
What to know before you go
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