Explore Greer Spring

1 decade 7 months 11 hours ago Friday, May 18 2007 May 18, 2007 Friday, May 18, 2007 7:50:35 PM CDT May 18, 2007 in News

Very few people have heard of Greer Spring, let alone made the difficult one mile hike to see it. It is literally hidden. In a deep, rugged canyon in south central Missouri. As visitors hike to see this secret gem on a well-kept path, they are teased by sounds of cascading water in the distance. More than 220 million gallons of water flow out of Greer Spring every day making it the second largest spring in Missouri. Ronnie Asplin has lived in the Ozarks all his life and now works for the U.S. Forest service. He says people come to Greer Spring to do a lot of different things.

"A lot of them come to enjoy the spring, the hike. To fish and just to canoe. You have bird watchers, A little of everything." explains Asplin

But it's the turquoise hue of the chilly water, and the roar of the cascading flow that beckons most hiker and the chance to spend a day in the wild.

"Look at it, it's just an eden. The privilege to enjoy God's creation." explains visitor Michael Rapp from Conway Arkansas

You might think that because Greer Spring is located in such a rugged canyon that it doesn't have a rich cultural past, but there's a lot of history. Samual Greer opened a mill on the nearby bluff to grind grain. The mill closed in 1920 and now work has been replaced by play as visitors come to relax along the peaceful banks.

To learn more about the spring and how you can visit this place, click on web exclusive.

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