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Big Spring Park, Huntsville

Categories: Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
Big Spring International Park is located in downtown Huntsville, Alabama. The park is built around its namesake "Big Spring", the original water source that the city of Huntsville was built around. The park is also notable as the venue for the Panoply Arts Festival, held the last full weekend in April, and the Big Spring Jam, an annual music festival held on the fourth weekend in September from 1993 to 2011.The Big SpringBig Spring Park is named after a large, underground karst spring, referred to by the indigenous Cherokee and Chickasaw as "the big spring". Hearing of the abundant water source and plentiful big game, John Hunt, Huntsville's founder, sought out the spring and settled near it in 1805 on the bluff above, which later became the site of the First National Bank of Huntsville. Isaac and Joseph Criner had previously reached the Big Spring and considered settlement, but due to the presence of bears and mosquitoes left to settle New Market instead. During the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, the spring was Huntsville's water source, due to its massive flow. The Big Spring is the largest limestone spring in North Alabama, with its usual flow between 7 and 20e6USgal per day, depending on the time of the year.From 1827 to the early 1840s, what would later become the park grounds served as the site of the Fearn Canal, built from 1821 to 1824. The canal was built by the Indian Creek Navigation Company, led by local resident Dr. Thomas Fearn. It linked downtown Huntsville and the spring to the Tennessee River, allowing traders to bypass a costly wagon haul of about 11 miles South to the nearest river port, Ditto's Landing in the town of Whitesburg. The canal eventually became obsolete upon the construction of railroads.
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  • Taking pictures? head down to Big Spring Park; it's really pretty with the city backdrop. Surrounded by businesses, the museum, and the City, it is a bit of a sanctuary, but watch your step. Many (man...  read more »
  • This is a great place to have a picnic with your children or grand children. There is always something going on. Tinsel Trail is awesome. 
  • The park is currently under construction and is expected to be complete in April 2017 Lots of great improvements to the park are underway. You can still visit the east side of the park which is smalle...  read more »
  • I used to live in Huntsville and the park has changed a little since I was there, and I like it! This was my daughter first time and she was in duck heaven, she loves ducks! She was excited there are feed machine's to feed them and the fish. I've always had appreciation for downtown Huntsville!
  • Big Spring Park is the most pleasant place to visit in all of Huntsville. You can find peace sitting by the large ponds they have, which contain many beautiful birds, ducks, and fish. You can feed these right out of your hand, and the food is dispensed out of dispensers that cost I believe $0.50. However, feeding animals bread is frowned upon because it is not healthy for them. Overall, I recommend if you are looking for a place to relax and find peace.
  • This park is awesome. The fish, the walking areas, the fountain, the little bird/fish food vending machine things. Definitely worth checking out this beautiful park in the center of town.
  • We absolutely LOVE coming here every Monday night for concert in the park. I am from Montana and this is our highlight and must do when we are down here in the summer. The park is always well groomed and taken care of. The ducks and fish are also a hit with the kids!!!
  • Add public bathrooms. Can't stay for more than a few hours before you have to urinate so your options are to either leave and come back(parking is not fun) or have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life for relieving yourself in the bushes. Dead duck and fish in the water when we went passerbys were making jokes about it.
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