4. Blanchard Springs Caverns
Here’s something we bet you didn’t know! The Blanchard Springs Caverns are the only public caves owned by the U.S. government outside of the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.
Located within the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, they’re known as Arkansas; largest caves by volume and second largest by length. To put it simply, you’ll have a lot to visit!
Start off by Mountain View from which you can access the three-level cave system. This system is open to the public for guided tours- in this case, you’ll have several options to pick from as there are several tour routes. The Dripstone Trail, for example, explores the upper levels. Alternatively, through the Discovery Trail you can access a 1.2-mile stretch of the lower levels, where you can descend 366 feet below the ground to reach the Rimstone Dams, the Natural Entrance, and the Ghost Room.
Finally, there’s the Wild Cave Tour that will bring you alone less developed sites within the caverns!