Missouri’s known for a whole lot of things – as the birthplace of toasted ravioli, the ice cream cone, and gooey butter cake and as the home of the Gateway Arch and Mark Twain’s boyhood town. Nature lovers may already be able to tell you the state lays claim to 4,400 springs, including Big Spring, the largest spring in Missouri and one of the largest springs in the United States.

Have you been to the largest spring in Missouri? What did you think? Share your experience in the comments! Did you know one of the best ways to check out Missouri’s springs is on a picturesque hike? Yep, follow the Welch Spring Trail in Missouri that leads to an abandoned hospital.

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What are some other springs in Missouri?

Big Springs is one of the largest springs in the United States and the largest spring in Missouri. However, it’s just one of more than 4,000 Missouri springs, including Blue Spring.

A breathtaking sapphire spring in Eminence, this gorgeous Missouri natural wonder is accessible by a scenic trail. While Blue Spring might not be the largest spring in Missouri, it is one of the deepest springs in the United States, measuring 310 feet deep.

What are some of the natural wonders in Missouri?

Missouri’s springs are a few of its many natural wonders. Some other natural wonders in Missouri that are well worth a visit include:

  • Elephant Rocks State Park. Made of billion-year-old granite, this natural wonder in Missouri looks like a series of circus elephants. Tucked in Elephant Rocks State Park, it’s a must-visit.
  • Grand Gulf State Park. Did you know there’s a mini Grand Canyon in Missouri? Hidden in Grand Gulf State Park, the Grand Canyon of Missouri is a series of collapsed caves.
  • Rocky Falls. Nestled in Winona Township, this majestic waterfall is beautiful all year around, but it’s particularly popular during the summer when it’s used as a swimming hole.
  • Johnson’s Shut-Ins. Marvel at the natural shut-ins at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. The shut-ins are particularly popular with visitors during the summer and serve as a swimming hole.
  • Clifty Creek Natural Bridge. Slip on your hiking shoes for a leisurely 2.5-mile trek that will lead you to Clifty Creek Natural Bridge, a unique natural wonder in Missouri that you can stand under.

If you’re a fan of road trips, hit the road on this road trip to the seven wonders of Missouri. It leads to such popular destinations as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Mina Sauk Falls in Middle Brook, and Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in Puxico.

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