Tour A Living Cave – Blanchard Springs Caverns!

September 15th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Blanchard Springs CavernsBlanchard Springs Caverns, in Ozark National Forest, is an incredible, living cave which you can discover via a variety of spectacular tours.

Caves beckon to us with their mystery, history, and the promise of secrets in the depths. Blanchard Springs Caverns in Stone County, Arkansas is no exception! A “living” cave, the limestone formations you see in Blanchard Springs are still being formed and glisten with moisture. The delicate stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and other formations here are the result of thousands of years of minerals being deposited.

This cave system has three levels, two of which are open to the public for a variety of different cave tours.

Blanchard Springs Caverns Tours

Dripstone Trail Tour – 1 hr
Visit two huge rooms filled with flowstone, limestone columns, delicate soda straws, and other formations. This shorter, easier trail is suitable for most visitors.

Discovery Trail Tour – 1 hr, 30 min
Follow the path that the first explorers took through the caverns. This longer, more strenuous tour will take you through large water-carved passages, along the cave stream, and through enormous, beautifully decorated rooms.

Wild Cave Tour – 5 hr
You’ll need coveralls, hard hats, knee pads, gloves, and lights to go on this tour! The Blanchard Springs Wild Cave Tour will take you through some of the undeveloped sections of the caverns. Any one interested in this tour needs to be at least 10 years old, in good shape, and have a good pair of boots with an aggressive tread on the sole. You also need to be ready to get dirty and have some great fun exploring!

Discovery in the Dark Headlamp Tour – 1 hr
Ever wonder what it was like to explore Blanchard Springs Caverns for the first time? This tour of the Discovery Trail is conducted with the lights OFF. Your guide will supply you with with helmets and headlamps, then it’s into the dark!

Four-hour photo tours of both the Dripstone Trail and Discovery Trail are also available. These extended tours allow shutterbugs the time to experiment with time exposures, tripods, and more. You
ll need to know what you’re doing, though. These are just tours – not photography classes!

Blanchard Springs Caverns

15 miles northwest of Mountain View off Arkansas 14.
For more information and directions, be sure to visit: www.blanchardsprings.org.
For tour times and tickets: www.recreation.gov

Blanchard Springs Caverns Lodging
Do yourself a favor and stay at an Arkansas Bed & Breakfast Inn during your Arkansas getaway. Arkansas B&B’s provide uncommonly comfortable amenities, nutritious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. Book your room now and discover the B&B difference!

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