Blanchard Springs Caverns


Area Status: Temporarily Closed

All tours at Blanchard Springs Caverns are temporarily suspended until further notice!

Blanchard Springs Caverns is one of the most spectacular and carefully developed caves found anywhere.  Visitors enter a "living" cave where glistening formations like stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and flowstones are still changing.  These crystalline formations are the result of minerals deposited by dripping water.  Forest Service interpreters guide all tours. For more information about this natural wonder, check out the Blanchard Springs Caverns website.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: All tours at Blanchard Springs Caverns are suspended until further notice.  
Operational Hours: The Blanchard Visitor Information Center is open by appointment only to issue passes. Please call 870-757-2211 and leave a message. Normally, the center is open Wednesday through Sunday during the winter months. Open 7 days a week the remainder of the year. 9:30am - 6:00pm. Phone number 870-757-2211
Reservations: Temporarily closed for tours. For tour times and reservations go to www.recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777. Current schedule and fees
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: Current schedule and fees
Restrictions: Pets are not allowed in the Visitor Center or Caverns: seeing-eye dogs and service dogs are an exception. There are no kennels. Pet are welcome in the recreation areas as long as they are leashed.

Activities

Caving

Tours at Blanchard Springs Caverns are temporarily suspended until further notice.

Three guided tours are available at Blanchard Springs Caverns:

Dripstone Trail
This shorter, easier trail takes you almost half a mile one-way through the Caverns. All stairs can be avoided, making trails accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. The above link has additional information.


Discovery Trail
During the spring months, Discovery in the Dark is a fun 1-hour tour. Then from June-August, the full Discovery Tour is available. This longer, more strenuous tour is 1.2 miles long, with nearly 700 stairsteps and explores the middle level of the Caverns system. The above link has additional information.


Wild Cave Tour
This tour offers you an introduction to off trail caving in a structured environment. The newest of the Caverns tours takes visitors to the undeveloped sections of the middle level.  The above link has additional information, including an article from 2017 about the Wild Cave Tour experience.

Amenities

Interpretive Site:
Picnic tables:
Fee charged for some activities:
Parking:
Toilets:
Drinking water:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities