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Cave & Cavern Locations in NW Arkansas
When touring North West Arkansas, you will find that it is dotted with numerous cave, some you find on your own if you are into spelunking, but these listed below are safer and very interesting to see and learn about.
HURRICANE RIVER CAVE
At Hurricane River Cave you’ll find stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, draperies, soda straws, rimstone dams, cave popcorn, and columns. The cave’s signature waterfall at the cave entrance flows twelve-hundred gallons per minute. Wild caving tour and group rates available located in northwest Arkansas on Highway 65,halfway between Harrison and Marshall (about a half hour drive either way)
Features guided tours of two spectacular caverns, Mystic and Crystal Dome. 28 foot “pipe organ” Located on Arkansas’ Scenic 7 Byway, Eight Miles South of Harrison, Arkansas in Marble Falls
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Cave formation inside Onyx Cave
Onyx Cave is a small show cave located about six miles east of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It has been a tourist attraction since 1893, making it the oldest show cave in Arkansas. It is probably also one of the most heavily damaged.The cave does not contain onyx, but a kind of flowstone called cave onyx which has a similar appearance. During the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century many caves were named Onyx Cave, which makes it difficult to keep them apart.
Tours are not guided but are given by headsets which receive short range FM transmissions from small boxes, which alert tourists to chambers and rock formations. Since the cave has only one public opening, visitors must exit the cave the way they entered. The cave stays at an average temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit year round. Most of the cave is not toured.
In 1969, some scenes from the B-Movie ‘It’s Alive’ were filmed at Onyx Cave.
see website: http://www.bullshoalscaverns.com/
Two tours are available at Blanchard Springs. The Dripstone Trail explores the Coral Room and the Cathedral Room, offering some of the more breathtaking cave scenery you’ll find anywhere. This is the less strenuous of the tours. It is wheelchair-accessible with a strong assistant. The Discovery Trail visits some of the Cathedral Room, passes by the cave’s natural entrance and artifacts left by Native Americans some 1700 years ago, then descends to the river passage at the lowermost reaches of the cave.
The surrounding Sylamore District of the OzarkNational Forest offers camping, hiking, fishing and sightseeing opportunities.
From Hwy. 62/412, take Hwy. 178 to Bull Shoals, Arkansas. Cavern is four blocks off Hwy. 178 at town center.
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