If you’ve never experienced Caroling In The Caverns at Blanchard Springs Caverns, you’re missing out on one of the most unusual and stirring holiday attractions in the country! November 24th through December 17th, 2017.
Blanchard Springs Caverns, located just north of Mountain View, AR in Ozark National Forest, is an incredible, living cave that is always worth a visit. Once the end-of-the-year holidays roll around, however things really heat up with Caroling In The Caverns.
During Caroling In The Caverns, local musicians perform regional interpretations of classic carols. That may sound more typical than amazing but that’s because I haven’t mentioned that they perform these carols while deep within Blanchard Springs Caverns!
Caroling In The Caverns is an annual Christmas event held inside one of Blanchard Springs Caverns cathedral-like chambers. Ticket holders descend to the seating area via elevator, where they can enjoy the grandeur and mystery of the living cave’s beautiful limestone rooms and formations.
Once the singing begins, you wont believe your ears.
The music, surrounding you in this natural chamber, will transport you in ways you did not expect. The voices of the singers resonate deeply with the natural acoustics, doubling soulfully as if in some beautiful, vaulted concert hall.
Some audience members choose to add their voices to the chorus during the experience. As long as your contribution isn’t disruptive, that’s just fine. The more the merrier, as they say, especially when the spirit moves you!
Caroling In The Caverns performances occur each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this year, from November 24th through December 17th, 2017. Times are as follows.
2017 Caroling In The Caverns Performance Schedule
24th – 6pm
25th – 6pm
26th – 2pm
1st – 6pm
2nd – 2:30pm, 4:30pm, & 6:30pm
3rd – 1:30pm & 3:30pm
8th – 6pm
9th – 2:30pm, 4:30pm, & 6:30pm
10th – 1:30pm & 3:30pm
15th – 6pm
16th – 2:30pm, 4:30pm, & 6:30pm
17th – 1:30pm & 3:30pm
Caroling in the Caverns
November 24th through December 17th, 2017
Blanchard Springs Caverns
15 miles northwest of Mountain View off Arkansas 14.
For more information and directions, be sure to visit: www.yourplaceinthemountains.com.
Tickets for Caroling In The Caverns are available online but move fast if you intend to go. These shows sell out quickly every year!
Blanchard Springs Caverns Lodging
Visiting caves can be fun and fascinating – but staying in a hotel or motel that reminds you of a cave is not! Whenever you’re in Arkansas, do yourself a huge favor and book accommodations at an Arkansas Bed & Breakfast Inn. Arkansas B&B’s provide uncommonly comfortable amenities, nutritious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. Seriously – why would you stay anywhere else? Find your inn now and discover the B&B difference!
One of the most unique waterfalls in Arkansas – or anywhere! – Glory Hole Falls in Newton County is formed by a stream that flows through an improbable hole in the ceiling of an overhang cave in Ozark National Forest.
Arkansas is riddled with caves and interesting rock formations but few compete with Glory Hole Falls for uniqueness. Glory Hole Falls tumbles around 30 feet down, through a hole in the otherwise solid stone, that the flow of the water has made over the centuries.
The trailhead for Glory Hole Falls Trail is located in the Big Piney District of the Ozark National Forest, off of Highway 16, exactly 6.3 miles north of Fallsville or 2.3 miles south of the 16/21 junction near Swain.
While there is no official trailhead for Glory Hole Falls, it can be easily found by looking for a red barn on the north side of the road with a large white “E” on its side. The trail is on the right (south) side of the road, about .5 miles east of this barn landmark.
The trailhead is on Arkansas Routes 16/21, exactly 6.3 miles north of Fallsville, and 2.3 miles south of the 16/21 junction near Swain.
A well-maintained path through the woods, Glory Hole Falls Trail is less than a mile long and of moderate difficulty – it’s downhill all the way to the falls but, of course, that means it’s uphill all of the way back!
But bear with me – the effort is well worth it!
If the creek that feeds Glory Hole Falls is really flowing, you’ll soon hear it as you make the hike down to the falls. The trail, itself, is up above the creek. Some choose to leave the trail to follow the course of the stream to admire its many small cascades and falls but this path is rough, not maintained, and causes undue erosion to an already well-traveled natural area – so please stay on the trail.
Before you know it, you’ll be at the top of the falls and will see the stream disappearing into the hole in the overhang cave’s ceiling. Feel free to edge as close as you like to this awesome spectacle but be careful – the rocks can be slippery!
Now you can follow the loop trail down and around to the bottom and into the overhang cave. Again – be careful, the slick rock of this part of the trail can be treacherous to those distracted by their surroundings!
From this vantage you’ll see the water tumbling down through the hole in the cave ceiling, from a height of 30 feet, to splash into the receiving pool below. Much of the year the flow is but a trickle but, if you can catch it in spring or after a good rain, the flow can be very impressive.
Even when the stream isn’t really flowing, the falls make for a fascinating sight. Winter visits, when it’s cold enough to have frozen the falls, may be the most amazing sight of all!
Regardless of the water level, be sure to bring your camera and plan to spend some time exploring.
Glory Hole Falls
GPS: 35.82595, -93.39737
Glory Hole Falls Lodging
No matter where you are in Arkansas, there’s an Arkansas bed and breakfast inn somewhere nearby with beds turned down just for you. Once you’ve tasted the first-class rewards of personal service, outstanding amenities, and nutritious breakfasts that are the backbone of locally owned and operated, Arkansas bed and breakfast inns, you’ll never “fly tourist” again.