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Round Spring – Wild Horses of Missouri

The post office of the Jasper Township in 1876 was named after the round spring, about 80 feet in diameter, and is now the focal point of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways campground area where wild horses are frequently seen.

Local legend says that a mad Indian chieftain stamped the ground until the hollowed basin formed from the sprint flows.

The best way to stay up to date with the Round Spring herd is to be part of the Wild Horses of Missouri Facebook Group, where I post my latest photos, videos, and tips on the horses.

The Round Spring herd is probably the second most popular herd because it is frequently found near Echo Bluff State Park or the Round Spring Campground areas.

Sinking Creek, which is nearby, is also a great spot to find these horses.

Echo Bluff is Missouri’s premier and newest state park, with beauty abound. Echo Bluff has spectacular accommodations and campgrounds. I frequent the grill there for lunch and dinner regularly.

The Round Spring area is home to a family campground, a picnic area, a tour cave, and the spring from which it takes its name. Round Spring was a Missouri State Park from 1924 until 1970, when the people of Missouri donated it to the National Park Service. The wild horses are frequently seen in and around the campground area.

The spring is about 50 to 55 feet deep, rising in a nearly circular pool of water before flowing under a natural bridge to join the Current River. If you visit this location for the horses, it is worth seeing the spring.

The spring produces approximately 26 million gallons of water flow that feeds the Current River on an average day. The Round Spring area sets among two of America’s most beautiful spring-fed rivers that make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

The Round Spring herd is frequently seen on Highway 19 and the surrounding areas between Round Spring and Echo Bluff, so keep your eyes open during this part of the drive. There are few places to stop or pull off, so be alert and avoid an accident.

The members of each herd change over time because of several factors. Lead stallions are known for visiting other herds and bands to steal mares. Yes, that is correct; the stallions swoop in and steal mares from other herds. Also, because of the monitoring and management of the herd per the law, sometimes members are gathered to keep the size of the herds within the bounds of the legal agreement.

The best way to stay up to date with the Round Spring herd is to be part of the Wild Horses of Missouri Facebook Group, where I post my latest photos, videos, and tips on the horses.

INFORMATION & DIRECTIONS

The Round Spring Herd is the second easiest to find and your chances of seeing them are hit and miss.

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Frequency: Medium

Tips: Keep coming back, and you will eventually find them.

Directions: Located directly off of Highway 19 at the Round Spring campground north of Eminence, this is the easiest location to find and look for wild horses.

Wild Horses of Missouri Map by Tim Layton - www.timlaytonfineart.com

Additional Tips & Helpful Information: If you are camping at Echo Bluff or Current River State Park, this is an easy location to be able to check every morning and evening during your visit. Just head back south on Highway 19, and you will see Round Spring on your left. You don’t need a 4WD or special vehicle to access this location; most of the time, you will not even get out of your car.

The two best areas to find the Round Spring herd are down along the river by the group campground area which is just past the main entrance for Round Spring and the second-best opportunity is right off of Highway 19 just past the bridge heading north. The horses will tend to gather in these two areas from time to time. You can also look at the Sinking Creek campground area as well which is just down the road a little bit.

The Round Spring area seems to either be hot or cold, meaning you will see them fairly frequently or nothing at all for a while. It is a very easy location to check, so enjoy the ride, and hopefully, you will get a chance to see and enjoy them.

The best way to stay up to date with the Round Spring herd is to be part of the Wild Horses of Missouri Facebook Group, where I post my latest photos, videos, and tips on the horses.