Blanchard Springs Caverns

Vacation Travel Guide
Northern Arkansas - Ozarks

Trek into an underground world of wonder and witness the majesty of vast limestone caverns on a variety of family-friendly tours.

Marvel at the astounding limestone formations that protrude from the walls of the Blanchard Springs Caverns. This all-ages attraction in northern Arkansas features a variety of ways to experience the incredible caverns, from accessible walks to a more immersive caving journey. Travel through two levels of beautifully lit caves to marvel at this stunning subterranean landscape.

The caves at Blanchard Springs are run by the local Forest Service and members of the organization will guide you on tours through the attraction. Explore caves that were formed over 350 million years ago and learn about their formation in the Water Works exhibit.

Join the Dripstone Trail for a gentle introduction to the world of limestone caverns. This is the most accessible route and will take you past flows, stalagmites and stalactites. Look for unusual formations such as soda straws, which are thin, hollow pillars of limestone that drip from the ceiling.

Take the Discovery Trail for a more demanding trip underground. Descend to the middle level of the caverns system and marvel at the passageways carved by water. This trail is also available in the dark, lit only by headlamps.

Intrepid explorers can spend several hours in the caverns on the Wild Cave Tour, which involves crawling into smaller spaces and going beyond the metal walkways. Squeeze through small gaps in the cave and look for the Titans, a group of huge limestone columns at the end of the tour.

Once you’re back on the surface, take some time to wander around the trails of the Ozark National Forest. Campgrounds, picnic areas and walking trails invite visitors to spend hours in the shaded, picturesque scenery.

The Forest Service recommends that you book cavern tours in advance on their website. Drive to Blanchard Springs Caverns from Mountain View, which is about 20 minutes away by car. The attraction is available throughout the year and prices vary according to the type of tour. Wrap up warm as the caves stay cool, whatever the weather above ground.

Top Hotels Close to Blanchard Springs Caverns

Dogwood Motel
Dogwood Motel
2 out of 5
1308 E Main St, Mountain View, AR
The price is $60 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Situated in Mountain View, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Stone County Medical Center, Cash's White River Theater, and Brickshy's Backstreet Theater. Ozark ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (185 reviews)
"Clean and comfortable, employees super nice."

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Dogwood Motel
Rustic Cove Container Cabin ~ tiny house ~
Rustic Cove Container Cabin ~ tiny house ~
Mountain View, AR
The price is $70 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Situated in Mountain View, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stone County Medical Center, Cash's White River Theater, and Brickshy's Backstreet Theater. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Container cove cuddles
"It was very peaceful, pleasant and just perfect for a couples retreat. C"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Rustic Cove Container Cabin ~ tiny house ~
John Thomas Farm House on Creek - total privacy
John Thomas Farm House on Creek - total privacy
Mountain View, AR
Set in Mountain View, this family-friendly cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of White River, Cash's White River Theater, and Ozark Folk Center State Park. Jimmy Driftwood ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Peaceful
"Secluded, private, and spacious getaway. The farmhouse is up to date and the extended family loved that it was big enough for all 9 of us. We enjoyed exploring the creek, hiking, cooking big meals, hanging out by the fire pit, and relaxing is the quietness."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

John Thomas Farm House on Creek - total privacy
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Best Lodging Options Near Blanchard Springs Caverns

Dogwood Motel
Dogwood Motel
2 out of 5
1308 E Main St, Mountain View, AR
The price is $60 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Dogwood Motel
Rustic Cove Container Cabin ~ tiny house ~
Rustic Cove Container Cabin ~ tiny house ~
Mountain View, AR
The price is $70 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Rustic Cove Container Cabin ~ tiny house ~
John Thomas Farm House on Creek - total privacy
John Thomas Farm House on Creek - total privacy
Mountain View, AR
John Thomas Farm House on Creek - total privacy
Spacious & Elegant Mountain View Cabin w/ Deck!
Spacious & Elegant Mountain View Cabin w/ Deck!
Mountain View, AR
Spacious & Elegant Mountain View Cabin w/ Deck!
FAMILY GUEST HOUSE-SPLIT BEDROOMS
FAMILY GUEST HOUSE-SPLIT BEDROOMS
Mountain View, AR
FAMILY GUEST HOUSE-SPLIT BEDROOMS
The Parkwood Inn & Suites
The Parkwood Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
601 Sylamore Ave, Mountain View, AR
The price is $85 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
The Parkwood Inn & Suites
~ totally private 9 bedrooms/ 5 baths -  near town - almost 200 acres - sleeps up to 26
~ totally private 9 bedrooms/ 5 baths - near town - almost 200 acres - sleeps up to 26
Mountain View, AR
The price is $330 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21
~ totally private 9 bedrooms/ 5 baths - near town - almost 200 acres - sleeps up to 26
Quiet rustic retreat on the White River across from Handford Bluff
Quiet rustic retreat on the White River across from Handford Bluff
Mountain View, AR
Quiet rustic retreat on the White River across from Handford Bluff
The Pine-cone Cabin has awesome views and is a new cabin with many extras
The Pine-cone Cabin has awesome views and is a new cabin with many extras
Mountain View, AR
The Pine-cone Cabin has awesome views and is a new cabin with many extras
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.