Caves of the Central U.S.
America's Ride-Thru Cave. Discover the timeless beauty of one of the earth's rarest treasures. There are only four of its' kind in the world, and only one in North America. Here, you'll discover one of the world's most beautiful natural wonders; giant columns stretching from floor to ceiling, delicate soda straws glistening with minerals and tiny cave pearls hidden in crystal-clear water. Best of all, you'll see it close-up from the comfort of a Jeep-drawn tram.
Talking Rocks Cavern
Pause for a moment during your families busy schedule of music shows and roller coasters and consider a family adventure with a different tempo. Discover a beautiful landscape of glistening crystals that lies just beneath the surface.
Centuries ago the Osage Native American Indians discovered the pristine beauty beneath Thunder Mountain. Local folklore tells of a legendary Native American Indian wedding ceremony in the early 1800's. Today the natural wonderland is called Bridal Cave. In keeping with the tradition of the legend, the Cave can be reserved for a romantic wedding chapel.
Round Spring Caverns
The Round Spring area is home to a family campground, a picnic area, a tour cave and the spring from which it takes its name. Round Spring was a Missouri State Park from 1932 until 1964 when the people of Missouri donated it to the National Park Service to become one of the star attractions of the new Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Like Alley and Big Spring, it was a gift from Missouri to the nation.
With out the aid of electric lights, Cameron Cave can be seen in it's natural state. The tour winds through a cave system much larger and complex than Mark Twain Cave and can be seen daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Mark Twain Cave
Mark Twain Cave, opened in 1886, has been open and shown continuously during all the wars, the great depression and today. Come see for yourself all the natural wonder, beauty and the history, fictional and non-fictional, that the cave has to offer.
Descend into the depths of Onondaga Cave State Park and drop into a world of wonder: towering stalagmites, dripping stalactites, and active flowstones help make the cave a National Natural Landmark and illustrate why Missouri is often called “The Cave State.
A walk through Ozark Caverns is a journey through a large, drained spring system. In the protected cave environment, dripping and seeping water can redeposit carbonate materials in the form of soda straws, helectites, stalagmites and a host of other geologic wonders. Angel Showers, an unusual cave phenomenon, is a featured part of the tour. The never-ending shower of water seems to come out of the solid ceiling of rock.
Bluff Dwellers' Cavern
It was in 1925 that the cave was discovered by Arthur Browning, owner of the property, and two surveyors, Bob Ford and Bryan Gilmore, employed by the highway department. Open to the public in 1927, Bluff Dwellers Cavern has been owned by the Browning Family continually. Tours are given from March through October.
Smallin Civil War Cave
Discovered in 1818, Smallin Civil War Cave has had a varied past. During the Civil War the cave was used as a shelter for traveling Union soldiers and a hiding place for Union supplies. After the war the cave was used by the vigilante group known as the baldknobbers. Later the cave was used as a social gathering place and finally open to the public for tours.
Silver Dollar City
300 feet below the park's surface lies one of nature's greatest wonders. The Cathedral Room, inside Marvel Cave, is the largest entrance room in the United States. Tours wind their way through a wet limestone cave that is still growing. A unique cable train shuttles visitors a half mile back to the surface.
Fisher Cave is truly one of the park's most spectacular natural wonders. Naturalist-led tours, offered on a seasonal basis, provide an interesting adventure for park visitors. From the low, narrow streamside passages to the huge rooms filled with calcite deposits, Fisher Cave offers one outstanding cave scene after another. Inside these rooms and passages are well-preserved bear claw marks, cave wildlife and a vast array of calcite deposits ranging from intricate hellectites to massive columns 30 feet tall.
Beneath the fertile rolling hills of the Meramec Valley, lies a complex of mineral formations and color as rare and unique as they are beautiful. These jewels of nature which took thousands of years to grow, are preserved in the spectacular sights of Meramec Caverns.
Current River Caverns
One of the smaller show caves in Missouri, Current River Cavern, formerly called "Big Spring Onyx Cavern," is exceptionally well decorated with a wide variety of natural cave formations. A year round stream flows through the tour passage beneath the boardwalk and a small waterfall can be seen flowing from a side passage after heavy rains. It is the longest mapped cave in Carter County, with a total mapped length of nearly ½ mile.
First opened to the public in 1932, Jacob's Cave is home to the fossilized remains of several Ice Age creatures. Inside the cave you will see everything from massive stalactites and columns to delicate soda straws and helectites. The mile long tour is fully handicap accessible and family friendly.