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Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View, Arkansas
Blanchard Springs Caverns
USDA Forest Service   Official Website
P.O. Box 1279, Mountain View, AR 72560
Phone:  870-757-2211
Call Between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm for Tour Times, Rates & Information

The Visitor Center is located just off AR Hwy 14
approximately 15 miles northwest of Mountain View, Arkansas
BLANCHARD SPRINGS CAVERNS - SYLAMORE DISTRICT AREA MAP
Map from Visitor Center Brochure

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Three Distinct Tours in a Large, Beautiful & Accessible Cavern!
Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View, Arkansas Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View, Arkansas
Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View, Arkansas Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View, Arkansas
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   Blanchard Springs Caverns is situated in the Sylamore Ranger District of the Ozark - St. Francis National Forest and administered by the USDA Forest Service.  All facilities at the Visitor Center are fully accessible.  Groups of 15 or more persons get a discount on the Dripstone and Discovery tours when reservations are made at least a day in advance.  Cave weather is constant with a year-round temperature of 58° F., and high relative humidity.  You may want to bring a lightweight jacket or sweater.  The paved trails and handrails tend to be wet, so you should wear low-heeled, nonslip shoes.  Pets are not allowed in the Visitor Center or Caverns -- seeing eye-dogs and service dogs are an exception.  There are no kennels.  Pets are welcome in the recreation areas, outside the swimming areas, as long as they are leashed.

   Camping, swimming, hiking areas are within the immediate vicinity (see map).  Blanchard Campground has 32 sites, fully equiped with flush toilets, hot showers and paved roads. Recreational vehicles longer than 30 feet may have trouble making the loop in the upper campground.  The stay at Blanchard is limited to 5 consecutive nights in summer and 14 consecutive nights the rest of the year.  For information or reservations, call the District Office at 870-269-3228.  Hikers can enjoy the 15 mile, no loop, North Sylamore Hiking Trail which begins near the town of Allison and follows the creek in a northwesterly direction to Barkshed campground; Gunner Pool campground is along the way and also offers excellent swimming most of the year.  Don't miss Mirror Lake and also the Blanchard Springs itself as it exits the cavern passageways.

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Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View, Arkansas Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View, Arkansas
  THREE DISTINCT CAVERN TOURS
    Dripstone Trail -  This trail travels through two huge rooms filled with an incredible variety and number of crystalline formations - sparkling flowstone, towering columns, delicate soda straws.  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.  However, inclines are steep.  Strong assistants are needed to maneuver wheelchairs.
 The Dripstone Trail is open every day from April through October. From November through March, it's closed Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

    Discovery Trail -  This trail follows the path of the first explorers through water-carved passageways, under the natural entrance, along the cave stream, and through some enormous, beautifully decorated rooms.  This longer, more strenuous tour is 1.2 miles long, with nearly 700 stairsteps.  Do not take this tour if you have walking, heart, or breathing difficulties. The Discovery Trail is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day only.

    Wild Cave Tour -  The newest of the Caverns Tours takes visitors to the undeveloped sections of the middle level.  Participants should be in good physical shape, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and come prepared to get dirty and have fun.  Tour participants should expect to climb very steep slopes, crawl on hands and knees, pass under low ceilings, and travel through red clay.  The tour ends at the Titans, a group of tall spectacular columns.  Hard hats, kneepads, gloves, lights, and belts are provided, along with a souvenir t-shirt.  The Wild Cave Tour is limited to a minimum of 3 but no more than 12 people per tour.  Participants must be at least 10 years old.  A responsible adult must accompany children between 10 and 12 years old.  The Wild Cave Tour is available by reservation only and is open every day from April through October.  From November through March, it's closed Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View, Arkansas Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View, Arkansas
Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View, Arkansas Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View, Arkansas
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