“I like this place, and could willingly waste my time in it.”
William Shakespeare, Celia in “As You Like It”
Sitting on a park bench in the national park at Big Spring, Mo., could easily make one want to waste time here.
The cool blue waters boil out from a bluff at an enormous rate, and make you feel as if you are one with nature.
One of the largest springs in the nation, it spews out approximately 286 million gallons of water a day. Underground passages carry this water from as far away as 45 miles. A short distance away, the spring flows into the Current River.
Designated a state park in 1924, the state donated it to the National Park Service in 1969. The site features a campground for RVs and tents, picnic areas and the Big Spring Lodge and cabins. The lodge and the cabins were built during the depression era by the Civilian Conservation Corps.