Caves and Mines
Squire Boone Caverns Mauckport
Where is it at?
Squire Boone Caverns
100 Squire Boone Road
Tel: (812) 732-4381
Where are we going today?
Sit close, get comfortable...we'd like to tell you a little story. Are you ready?
One day long ago in 1790, there were two enquisitive brothers named Squire and Daniel Boone who came across some beautiful caverns, formed millions of years ago deep in the earth. Later, after using the caves to hide out from Indians, he considered the site holy ground and came to spend the rest of his life in the area. He is even now laid to rest within the caves.
Then, many years later, families looking for fun activities to do with each other, come to visit the caves and marvel at the incredbile formations that surround them. They walk under the stalactites hanging strong from the cavern ceiling, and the stalagmites that seem to pierce the ground from below. They even walk over two beautiful waterfalls, with their knowledgable tour guide telling the story of the history of the caverns over their one hour tour.
After the tour, the family enjoy the rest of their day back up on land in The Village, a fun and enjoyable collection of old time shops and activities. Mum loved the candle dipping in Hannah Boones Candle Shop - she even dipped her own candle! Dad loved the Gristmill - the 1800s corn mill which continues to use water power to make the corn mix still used today, and the kids loved the Bakery, filled with delicious freshly baked cookies and brownies, as well as the tastily named Candy Cabin which produes yummy old fashioned candies.
After their fun experience in The Village, the whole family set out onto the many hiking trails which adorn the area, followed by a beautiful picnic lunch.
Did you enjoy that story? Well, if only there were a place where all of that could really happen....
How much does it cost?
- Children$8.50 (ages 6-11)
- Free Under: 6
When can we go?
Opening and tour times vary depending on the season.
The Caverns are operating all year round. The village only operates in Summer
The caverns offer packages for school field trips. Students can learn about the geology of the cave, as well how the pioneers of the time of the discovery made household products, from lye soap and dipped candles. They also offer pre and post lesson plans for any group attending..
All that time in the dark can work up an appetite! For some special treats the Bakery has delicious freshly baked cookies and brownies, as well as a range of sandwiches, chips, tea and soft drinks. In addition, there is a concession stand with chips, crackers and soft drinks, as well as two lovely picnic areas should you wish to bring you own lunch. .
The bakery serves some healthy sandwich options..
Any Top Tips?
The cave is 54 degrees all year round so even during the summer months, make sure you bring a light jacket and comfortable shoes for all the steps! .
Doing our bit
The caverns beautiful formations such as the stalactites and stalagmites were formed by a delicate stream of water leaving chemicals behind. The caverns ensure this natural balance isn't contaminated by foreign chemicals so that your great great great great great great great grandchildren can enjoy the caves and the rare animal life that goes with it for years to come! .
Need a little extra help?
There are 73 steps in a vertical spiral staircase which needs to be descended to enter the cavern system, so the best option is to call ahead of time to see how your visit might be assisted. .
Can I get one of those?
While there are a number of gift shops around with gift and souvenirs, the Cave Cabin has the largest variety, - from t-shirts, mugs and even the fun pressed penny machine!.
What people are saying?
by Cindy Bracker Sturm
I could have spent all day here. The cave is truly beautiful, and there are a lot of cool trails to explore. We walked up to see the original entrance to the cave that Squire found, then continued up past it and came back down a different way. My imaginative 6 year old had fun pretending that we were back in the time of Squire Boone, and maybe we'd find another cave up in the trails. There were lots of other things to do up this little "village", including candle dipping demos, soap making demos, a bakery, a candy store, and of course, the grist...Read More
by David Bromley
Good cave nice people leading tours and working in gift shop campground could use a little work got stuck in mud overall very enjoyable
by pat Taylor-Mattingly
Cave tour is bad staff rushed the group and you double back over same area under staffed;
by A Google User
The place is just ugli...
It's a very bad village with no facility n tourism.
by A Google User
So much fun. Very cool.
by Cindy Bracker Sturm
I could have spent all day here. The cave is truly beautiful, and there are a lot of cool trails to explore. We walked up to see the original entrance to the cave that Squire found, then continued up past it and came back down a different way. My imaginative 6 year old had fun pretending that we were back in the time of Squire Boone, and maybe we'd find another cave up in the trails. There were lots of other things to do up this little "village", including candle dipping demos, soap making demos, a bakery, a candy store, and of course, the grist mill. Really neat!