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Blanchard Springs Caverns

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Blanchard Springs Caverns

Blanchard Springs Caverns┬áis the jewel in the Ozark National Forest Crown. Dubbed by Life Magazine as “one of the most extraordinary finds of the century” this living cave is constantly in the process of formation. Two paved, lighted trails, one of which is handicapped accessible with assistance, are open to visitors of all ages. Led by knowledgeable Forest Service Guides, the tours wind through water-carved passages, including an underground river and the world’s largest flowstone. The Wild Cave Tour is available by special arrangement for more adventuresome explorers.

For tour reservation, visit this website or call 877-444-6777.

Blanchard’s namesake spring pours out of the mountainside and into a glassy-surfaced trout pond appropriately named Mirror Lake. The lake is a great place to take the family fishing for rainbow trout. Nearby is a short, scenic walk to the falls where all water exits from the caverns. This is one of the prettiest spots in the Ozark National Forest and not to be missed.

Special interpretive programs are presented at the Sheltered Cave Amphitheater Memorial Day through Labor Day. These programs are free.

Swimming holes and creeks, fishing, camping, group and individual picnic areas, hiking trails, wildlife, educational programs and a gift shop full of nature oriented books and gizmos make Blanchard Springs Caverns the perfect family destination.

Season Passes are available for Cavern tours:

  • $25 adult
  • $12.50 ages 6-15
  • $12.50 for Golden Age or Access Passport holders
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