Arkansas’ Blanchard Springs Caverns

May 14th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Blanchard Springs CavernsBlanchard Springs Caverns in Stone County, Arkansas is a “living” cave with glistening limestone formations – stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and flowstones – that continue to grow and change.

Blanchard Springs Caverns is an amazing and spectacular set of caves that has been very carefully developed for safe visitation – safe for you and safe for the cavern! The beautiful and delicate crystalline formations you will see are the collective result of dripping water depositing minerals over thousands and thousands of years.

Blanchard Springs Caverns has three separate levels two of which are open to the public. Marvel at these large, beautifully lighted rooms from the safety and ease of paved trails behind handrails. Feeling more adventurous? Take a tour of the undeveloped section of the caverns where you will need to crawl through mud and clamber over rocks – I hope those aren’t your good pants!

Three different tours offer three different levels of discovery at Blanchard Springs Caverns:

Dripstone Trail – Open 7 days a week April through October. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and all major holidays, November through March.
A shorter, easier tour, Dripstone Trail travels nearly half a mile, one-way. You’ll visit two huge rooms decorated by a vast diversity of flowstone, columns, delicate soda straw formations, and more. This tour is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though there are some steep grades so some assistance may be required.

Discovery Trail – Open June-August.
Longer and more taxing, the Discovery Trail at Blanchard Springs Caverns follows the path of the very first modern explorers. You’ll explore 1.2 miles of water-carved passageways, following the cavern’s stream through enormous, breathtaking decorated rooms. With nearly 700 stairs this tour is not for the weak, frail, or very small.

Wild Cave Tour – Available via reservation only, 7 days a week April through October. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and all major holidays, November through March.
Are you ready to get dirty? The Wild Cave Tour will take you up very steep slopes, get you down on your hands and knees in the mud, crouching to pass under low ceilings, and getting generally dirty and wet. Hard hats, knee-pads, coveralls, gloves, and lights are provided but robust, ankle-protecting, deep tread shoes are a must. Your group must be 3 or more in number and at least 10 years old.

Blanchard Springs Caverns

For more information, Wild Cave Tour reservations, and directions, please visit the Blanchard Springs Caverns website

Lodging in the Central Ozarks
Visiting caves is great but staying in a hotel or motel that reminds you of them is not – why not try one of our Central Ozarks member bed and breakfast inns, instead? Personal service from locally owned and operated inn, amenities of the kind you rarely see elsewhere, and delicious, hearty breakfasts. Seriously – why would you stay anywhere else?