Round Spring

Useful Information

Location: Shannon County. 20 km north of Eminence on Hwy 19.
Open: no restrictions [2004]
Fee: free [2004]
Classification: KarstKarst spring
Light: n/a
Dimension: see below
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1924 purchased for the State Park system, first site.
1971 owned by the National Park Service.
1972 incorporated into the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.


Round Spring is a typical KarstKarst spring, emerging from a waterfilled cavern. The collapsed cavern is nearly circular, which gave the the spring its name.

Immediately after leaving the spring, the water flows through a cave. But this cave is not Round Spring Cavern, which is located nearby.

The spring has a long history, it was used by native peoples since prehistoric times. In the early 1800's, a gristmill was built here.

Probably the most interesting thing abaut the spring is its hydrology. A part of the spring's recharge area is to the northeast of Spring Valley. This is on the other side of nearby Current River, which means that the water crosses the river underground to reach the spring.

Minimum Flow 24.6 * 106 Litre 24,600 m³
Maximum Flow 904.7 * 106 Litre 904,700 m³
Average Flow 124.9 * 106 Litre 124,900 m³