Sometimes, the best freaks of nature are those made by nature itself over time. Blanchard Springs in Arkansa’s
is the perfect example because, although I have seen some very unique cave formations in my travels, Blanchard offers some of the best I’ve seen, as well as a beautiful pond for fishing. This pond is the result of the natural spring and is called “ Ozark National Forest .” Mirror Lake
The cave system is a three-level cave system and two of them are open to tours. What can be seen are some of the most amazing stalactites and ground formations you have ever seen. The Dripstone trail includes a cave room called the Cathedral Room with a stone column that is over six stories tall. So how can a cave have a column this tall? Well, you get the honor of riding an elevator 216 feet into the ground.
In addition to the Cathedral Room is a natural bridge and so much more. If you’ve toured caves in the past that are not as deep into the ground, this is going to be a unique treat. This is actually the only cave I have ever had to ride an elevator to get to. The other cave, Discovery Trail is even further underground, but there are almost 700 stair steps to be encountered on this tour to reach the 366 foot depth and to make your way back out of the cave at the end of the tour. This is one where you need to be comfortable walking.
For advanced cave explorers, there is the
and is available to tour by reservation only. Reservations are for three to twelve people. There is a lot of crawling, climbing, and boulder scaling involved with this one. Wild Cave
There is so much to do in the area. The entire family can enjoy the caves ($10 per cave for adults, $5 for children, and $75 for
). Wild Cave is also an adventure in itself. Close to the lake are the falls, which consists of the water that is exiting the caverns. This is one of the most beautiful spots that you will find. As a matter of fact, I find the falls to be rather competitive with others I’ve seen. Mirror Lake
You may also wish to see the Old Mill. The mill is not in its entirety, but is the remnants of what was once a functional mill. I am not 100% certain what the mill was responsible for making during its time, but it is still a rather interesting area and one that leaves the imagination open.
There is a lot of history in the area. For example, in 1955 a 1,000 year old Native American skeleton was found in one of the caverns as they were being explored. It is not certain how the Native American entered the cave, but broken bones suggested it was not a pleasant trip. This is just one of the stories that exist about the area.