Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Natural Springs at Roman Nose State Park

Roman Nose State Park boasts three natural springs and a system of trails to view the three springs. Grant and I spent the early afternoon exploring the trails around the three springs.

Grant and Laura along one of the hiking trails

Of the three natural springs at Roman Nose State Park there is a small, medium, and large one. All three were impressive to see. There is also a spring fed swimming pool that can be used during the summer months. We went in April; therefore, the pool was not quite open. This section of the park also has a great picnic area as well as a playground. It honestly seems like its own separate state park from Roman Nose because it has so much to do right in that section.
Fee: There is no fee for the hiking trails but there is one for the pool

Water coming from the medium natural spring

The Trails
The trails to the springs were easily accessible and well maintained. There were multiple trails that branched off the main trails to the natural springs. So, we were able to hike for a couple of hours and still not venture to all of the trails.We did have to turn around once when the grass got too tall and covered the trail but the majority of the trails were really well maintained. The trails were not marked and at the time we did not have a map. Therefore, it is important to be observant if venturing off on one of the many smaller trails. Overall, we enjoyed hiking and seeing the natural springs.

Laura and Grant at the large natural spring

Small Spring
The smallest spring was the first one that we encountered and I was amazed by it. It is fascinating that water is just springing out of the ground. This truly is the smallest one and does not have a whole lot of water coming from it but I was still impressed, especially since it was the first one I saw.

Water from the smallest spring slowly making its way down 

Medium Spring
We saw the medium spring second and I was sure that it was the larger one. This spring they kind of dammed up so that it made a small body of water. This made it appear to be the large one but I was mistaken. It was very pretty though.

The medium natural spring

Grant next to the medium natural spring

Where they dammed up the spring

Water from the spring further down the trail

Large Spring
The large spring is truly impressive. I could not believe how much water was coming out of the ground. It looks like a waterfall in a cave, except there is not a river at the top. The water is coming out of the ground. They call this spring the "Spring of Everlasting Waters". The spring flows at approximately 600 gallons per minute. It is truly a sight to see!

This picture shows the water flowing out of the spring the best, it looks like a waterfall

The largest natural spring

Grant near the largest natural spring at Roman Nose

The Natural Springs at Roman Nose State Park were truly a breathtaking sight! The three springs were all unique and interesting to look at. It amazes me how these springs were formed and continue to provide water to the surface of Earth.

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