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.