Sunday, July 11, 2010

Blanchard Caverns, a short drive from Eureka Springs


Nestled in the Ozark Mountains , a few hours driving from Eureka Springs is Blanchard Caverns
Blanchard is a three-level system, but only two levels of the caverns are open for guided tours.
Blanchard Springs Caverns offers three tours. The Dripstone National Recreation Trail winds through the magnificently decorated upper level. The longer, more strenuous Discovery National Recreation Trail explores the middle level of the Caverns system. The Wild Cave Tour offers visitors an introduction to spelunking in a structured enviroment. Informative Forest Service interpreters guide the tours. The Dripstone and Discovery tours are limited to around 30 people; the Wild Cave Tour is limited to 12 people. All tours begin at the Visitor Information Center, where the Ozark Interpretive Association sells books, maps, and other educational materials.

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