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    Ozark

    National Scenic Riverways Missouri

Round Spring and Round Spring Cave

Round Spring

The turquoise blue color of Round Spring comes from dissolved limestone in the water. It can vary from vivid blue to chocolate milk, depending on rainfall. It is bluest during drought periods.

The Round Spring area is home to a family campground, a picnic area, a tour cave and the spring from which it takes its name. Round Spring was a Missouri State Park from 1932 until 1964 when the people of Missouri donated it to the National Park Service to become one of the star attractions of the new Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Like Alley and Big Spring, it was a gift from Missouri to the nation.

ROUND SPRING CAVE -

Park Rangers conduct two hour lantern tours for the public of this beautiful natural cavern. These somewhat strenuous "underground hikes" are limited to the first 15 people. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a jacket or sweater, as it is cool in the cave. Tours are offered daily, at 10:00 and 2:00, during the summer months. Tickets are $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before each tour and there are no reservations.

School groups (only) may make special arrangements for an educational tour by calling 573-323-8093. Please try to schedule your school visit outside of the summer months. (April - May or Sept - October)

ROUND SPRING - The spring itself is some 55 feet deep, rising in a nearly circular pool of water before flowing under a natural bridge to join the Current River. On an average day, some 26 million gallons of water flow from the spring. At quiet times, otters, wood ducks and great blue herons may be seen in the spring. People however, are prohibited from swimming or wading in it. You may visit and enjoy the wheelchair accessible paved trail around the spring at any time.

CAMPING -Campsites at Round Spring are suitable for tents or RVs. There are a small number of electric hook-up sites, but no water hook-ups.A dump station is available. Reservations are recommended during the warmer months; www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777. Park Rangers present campfire programs in the campground amphitheater every Friday and Saturday evening at 8:30 pm during the summer months.

PICNIC AREA - Tables with grills are located around the spring. There are two shelters, the one closest to the parking lot may be reserved by visiting www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. The other,older shelter is on a first come, first served basis.




Did You Know?

Folks canoeing on the Current River.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways has two of the finest canoeing rivers in the Midwest. The spring fed Current and Jacks Fork Rivers provide a fun way to get closer to nature and build family memories. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...