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Big Spring Park, Huntsville

(4.7/5 based on 120+ 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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  • This is a nice little park right downtown. There are planty of places to sit and watch the fish, ducks, etc. I recommend getting food to go at Cozy Cow across the street and having lunch here on a nic...  more »
  • My husband and I love taking the kids here during the summer. We enjoy concerts in the park and the kids love the duck pond.  more »
  • Very nice area to take a break while exploring downtown. Very nice waterfall and walking area. There are also ducks.  more »
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  • 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!
  • Beautiful place for a stroll. At night it's common to see people sleeping on benches and kids smoking pot.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Currently the thing to do is play Pok√©mon go at big spring park. But it's also a great place to bring the family, take pictures, or have a picnic.