About Bennett Spring State Park
Bennett Spring, the fourth largest state park in Missouri, has a daily output of over 100 million gallons of water, rising out of a narrow cave. Native Americans were the first to enjoy its beauty and benefits, and referred to it as "Eye of the Sacred One." Bennett Spring was one of Missouri's first state parks. Today it is still one of the most beautiful and most popular in the state's system. Many things draw people here, but the reason that tops the list is the fishing.
By the mid-1800s, the water was powering grist mills. The most successful of these was owned by Peter Bennett, son-in-law of the area's first permanent settler. Farmers bringing their grain to be ground here would often camp out by the spring and take some time to hunt and fish.
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