BIG SPRING, MO

In the rolling, forested landscape of Big Spring, two of America's most beautiful spring-fed rivers combine to make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. As the first national park area to protect a wild river system, visitors have plenty of scenic water activities to enjoy...
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • Some campsites may be available on a first come, first served basis
  • 50-amp electric hookups are now available; bring converters if necessary
  • No sewer hookups; a dump station is available at the campground entrance
  • 2 Tents or 1 RV and 1 Tent per site only on Standard Family sites
  • Modern restrooms are open April 15-Oct. 1; outside of this window visitors will be directed to an alternative, which may be a short distance form their campsite
  • No glass bottled beverages allowed in tubes or non-motorized vessels
  • Diving from river bluffs is illegal, dangerous and can result in injury or death
  • For more information about the park, please call (573) 323-4236 between 8am and 4:30pm weekdays, or e-mail OZAR_Campground_Operations@nps.gov


A Firewood Movement Restriction Program is in effect to prevent the spread of invasive insects and diseases. Firewood must be purchased within a 50-mile radius of campsites, or dead and downed wood collected in the park. All firewood must be burned on-site. For more information Click Here
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Big Spring Group Sites GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC 45 0 Back-In
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Big Spring Picnic Shelters GROUP PICNIC AREA 60 0
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Chub Hollow/Groupsite #3 GROUP PICNIC AREA 60 0
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Chub Hollow/Groupsite #3 GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC 45 0
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Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

In the rolling, forested landscape of Big Spring, two of America's most beautiful spring-fed rivers combine to make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

As the first national park area to protect a wild river system, visitors have plenty of scenic water activities to enjoy as well as hiking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.

Natural Features:

The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is known for its caves, springs, sinkholes and losing streams, and features over 300 identified caves within its boundaries. The caves range in size from a rock overhang to almost seven miles of identified passages. Eight caves, including an open sinkhole, have been designated as outstanding natural features.

The Ozark forest is mostly White oak and Shortleaf pine, Missouri's only native pine species. Along the rivers, Sycamore, Cottonwood, River birch and maples are common.

Redbud and dogwoods are also abundant, putting on a spectacular show during most spring months.

Recreation:

The Current River flows past the campground, offering excellent canoeing, tubing, swimming and fishing. Over 130 miles of waterways exist within the park. Canoe and kayak rentals and outfitters can be found nearby.

Several miles of hiking and horseback riding trails crisscross the region, include the Alley Overlook Trail, Chubb Hollow Trail, Ozark Trail, Cave Spring Trail and Big Springs Trail.

Facilities:

This year-round campground has flush toilets and shower facilities available. Picnic tables, fire rings, and grills are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved.

Ranger-led campfire programs are offered in the campground amphitheater during summer months.

Reservations are accepted for three different group picnic areas. Be sure to specify which picnic area you desire. Big Spring Group Picnic Site is at the spring; Peavine and Chubb Hollow are along the river.

Nearby Attractions:

Scenic Big Spring is the largest freshwater spring in North America and produces an outflow of 280 million gallons a day.

Round Spring Cave is nearby, with ranger-guided tours offered daily during summer months. Historic and picturesque Alley Mill and Alley Spring are also nearby. The mill is open daily in the summer and ranger-guided tours are available upon request.

Booking Window

GROUP PICNIC AREA

Tue Sep 23 2014 - Wed Sep 16 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC

Tue Sep 23 2014 - Wed Sep 16 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD ELECTRIC

Tue Sep 23 2014 - Mon Mar 16 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Tue Sep 23 2014 - Mon Mar 16 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates
Reservation season is April 15th thru September 30th each year.

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 22 2014 Tue Oct 14 2014
Walk In Wed Oct 15 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Wed Apr 15 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Programs
  • Canoeing
  • Cold Springs Access
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Ranger Station
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Tubing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Canoe Rentals
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 22 2014 -
Oct 14 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $17.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $20.00
GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $53.00-$100.00
GROUP PICNIC AREA $33.00
Walk In Season
Oct 15 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $0.00-$17.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $0.00-$20.00
GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $0.00-$100.00
GROUP PICNIC AREA $0.00-$33.00
Peak Season
Apr 15 2015 -
Oct 31 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $17.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $20.00
GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $53.00-$100.00
GROUP PICNIC AREA $33.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.9625, -90.98306
36°57'45"N, 90°58'59"W

Big Spring Campground is located four miles south of Van Buren, Missouri. Turn south on Missouri Highway 103 and continue south for four miles to the Big Spring Unit of the park.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

BIG SPRING
PO BOX 490
VAN BUREN  MO  63965

Phone Number:

Information:  (573)323-4236
Additional Information