Prior to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, I met my family at a hotel in St Robert, Missouri. We found a really nice hotel for only $50 a night, perfect for a quick stay. We arrived around 6pm and wanted to explore the area a little bit. Since St Robert is in the Missouri Ozarks, I googled trails in the area to see what our options were. I saw that Roubidoux Spring was less than a ten minute drive away, so we decided to check it out.
We arrived to find a nice sized stream. It had rained a bunch in recent days so that water levels were high. The water was brown with random bursts of blue/green that were beautiful. We read the signs and found out that the stream was part of the path of the Trail of Tears, and that it is a prominent location for trout fishing.
The path from the parking area to the spring was short. I was a little disappointed because I wanted to walk more after being in the car all day, but the path itself was beautiful. In the following picture you can clearly see how blue/green the water was. I had a weird realization that the water, trees, and current reminded me about a place that I had dreamed about.
Above is a picture of the spring when we first arrived. We touched the water and were surprised by how cold it is. It maintains a temperature below 60 degrees in the summer. Since it was so hot in Missouri (90-100 degrees and SO HUMID every day) we decided to head back to the hotel and grab our swim suits. The picture below is an accurate representation of the color of the spring when we returned.
Getting in the water was a bit difficult because of how cold it was, but we had a really great time.
We met a nice little kid (you can see him at the end of the video) who told us that although the signs suggested otherwise, it was “completely safe” to jump in. Jumping into the water was an incredible experience because the force of the spring pushed you right back up to the top and out of the way.
In the above photo you can see the mist rising up from the water, since it was about 30 degrees cooler than the air.
We had an amazing experience at Roubidoux Springs and I can’t wait to return to the Missouri Ozarks.