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Blanchard Springs Caverns Fifty Six

Where is it at?

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Blanchard Springs Caverns
NF 54 Forest Road 1110A
Fifty Six
AR
72088
Tel: 888 757-2246

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Blanchard Springs Caverns is located 15 miles northwest of Mountain View off Arkansas 14.

Where are we going today?

If you want a family day out with a difference, then you might want to explore the incredible Blanchard Springs Caverns, hidden deep within the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas.

After all, who said kids adventure needed to be ABOVE ground!

Blanchard Springs Caverns are a living cave, and incredibly developed. Glistening formations such as the stalagmites and stalactites will greet you, and kids will be amazing at how incredible Mother Nature is!

What's even more incredible, is that the crystalline formations are still changing, as there is still dripping water in the caverns! Kids, if you want to know how that works, you will have to visit the caverns and find out!

The Blanchard Springs Caverns offers three different tours, each with differing difficulty, so you can pick which is right for your family! 

The Dripstone Trail is the shorter, easier trail, which allows you to venture around 1/2 mile into the caverns. On this trail, you don't need to use any stairs too, so very accessible!

The Discovery Trail is only open from June to August, and is around 1.2 miles in length, so a little longer and more strenuous. With nearly 700 steps, it's certain a challenge as you explore the middle level of the caverns system!

And then for those families who love a bit of adventure, the Wild Cave Tour is a great introduction to off trail caving in a structured environment. Here, you can explore undeveloped sections of the middle level, and see things not many people have seen!

With constant temperatures of 58F, you will always know what to expect from these spectacular caverns in Arkansas! Lead the way!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10 for Dripstone / Discovery tours. Wild Cave $75
  • Children$5 (Ages 6 to 15)
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Tours 9:30am - 6pm, 7 days a week

All year round. Each trail has different opening months.

Teachers corner

They have great group rates so why no bring the students for a history and geology lesson!.

I'm Hungry!

You can bring a picnic and enjoy it in the surrounding parklands before or after your adventure!.

Healthy Eating!

It's a good idea to take bottled water with you, and some healthy snacks in a small backpack..

Any Top Tips?

With a year round temperature of 58F, it's a good idea to bring a lightweight jackets, and nonslip, low-heeled shoes. .

Doing our bit

They offer FREE tours for ex-POW's and Purple Heart recipients with a POW/PH card..

Need a little extra help?

The Dripstone Trail doesn't have steps, so can be negotiated by wheelchairs with assistance. All of the Visitor Center is fully accessible too. .

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift shop where you can pick up some great mineral and historic related items and souvenirs!.

More information

The Dripstone Trail is open daily from April to October, and closed Mondays and Tuesdays from November to March. The Discovery Trail is open June to August, and Wild Cave Tour is only available by reservation on Fridays to Sundays..

What people are saying?

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    I did the Wild Care tour! It was GREAT! It was challenging and very informative. I had done the public tour a few years back and decide to go on the Wild Cave tour!

    Lots of fun and physically challenging. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly, helpful and very good helping people on the tour.

    I highly recommend it, be prepared for a work out!

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    My wife and I took 2 ten year olds into this cavern. It was our fourth and last cave for the weekend, turns out that we saved the best for last. This tour was amazing! We went on the Discovery Tour, which is approximately 2 hours long, and is designed to provide a learning experience, on par with the visceral experience you receive. There were several jaw-dropping views along the tour, and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and entertaining. This was our favorite tour of the weekend, though there were a few moments that we felt slightly...Read More

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    This is always a wonderful experience. The guides are normally entertaining and friendly, and the site is always very clean and nice. Would recommend this to any of my friends, no matter where they are from. It is more than just the employees and the building, the cave itself is breath-taking in a way that I don't think can really be explained - rather, must be experienced.

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    Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Blanchard Springs Caverns provides show cave tourists the ultimate cave viewing experience. I visited the cave with my 3 school age sons. We took two guided tours and had more fun than I can describe. Our mature Asian guide, Frank, was superb in knowledge, humor, cave insights and attentiveness to his guests. He was assisted by two other competent personnel. We were fortunate that both of our tour groups were small.

    The high quality standards of USFS are evident everywhere, from the visitor center facilities...Read More

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    I rated this cavern a 0 because I never got to go inside. Drove two and a half hours one way to get there. Upon arrival we were asked if we had been in any other caves or caverns in the past ten years. Were we wearing the same shoes? Did I take my camera in any other caves in the last ten years? We had been in another Arkansas cave earlier that day so the answer was yes. Were told we could not take our camera in the cavern due to a bat disease. Ok, so I leave my camera outside. What about my clothes? I'm pretty sure my clothes went the same places...Read More

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by Philip Thibeaux

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My wife and I took 2 ten year olds into this cavern. It was our fourth and last cave for the weekend, turns out that we saved the best for last. This tour was amazing! We went on the Discovery Tour, which is approximately 2 hours long, and is designed to provide a learning experience, on par with the visceral experience you receive. There were several jaw-dropping views along the tour, and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and entertaining. This was our favorite tour of the weekend, though there were a few moments that we felt slightly rushed...though it is completely understandable that they had to stick to a schedule.

by Tim Barnett

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Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Blanchard Springs Caverns provides show cave tourists the ultimate cave viewing experience. I visited the cave with my 3 school age sons. We took two guided tours and had more fun than I can describe. Our mature Asian guide, Frank, was superb in knowledge, humor, cave insights and attentiveness to his guests. He was assisted by two other competent personnel. We were fortunate that both of our tour groups were small.

The high quality standards of USFS are evident everywhere, from the visitor center facilities to the pathways, guardrails, lighting and cave preservation. I am glad for the experience as it shows that the U.S. government can get things right, when politics are not much involved.

My educated guess is that this is probably one of the most beautiful and fascinating caves in North America. Here one sees formations undamaged by vandalism, tourist incursions or muddy water flows. One must take both of the guided tours to appreciate the extent of the awesome beauty, as the experiences on each tour are distinct. Granted, one must be physically fit to enjoy the longer tour, as there are many stairs. Still, older folks, or people with young children, need not despair because the shorter tour in the upper cave (the Dripstone Trail) is more majestic and feature-rich than the longer, but intriguing, Discovery Trail tour.

In sum, it is difficult to imagine a more satisfying cave touring experience.

by Phil Cromwell

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I rated this cavern a 0 because I never got to go inside. Drove two and a half hours one way to get there. Upon arrival we were asked if we had been in any other caves or caverns in the past ten years. Were we wearing the same shoes? Did I take my camera in any other caves in the last ten years? We had been in another Arkansas cave earlier that day so the answer was yes. Were told we could not take our camera in the cavern due to a bat disease. Ok, so I leave my camera outside. What about my clothes? I'm pretty sure my clothes went the same places that my camera did! The pathetic part of all of this is nothing was mentioned in the brochure, or anywhere else, not even on the website. Very poorly handled. I wonder how many people they turn away each day? Not a good way to fund your cavern.

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