In the Mark Twain National Forest about a 1/4 mile out the backdoor of the All American
and The Pines cabins, is a small unnamed cave that visitors can explore after the cave
ban is lifted. This is the cave that is the focus of ArdPark's on-going "use your national
forest land" promotion. It is a unique cave because it has an entry and an exit. A small
yellow metal sign designating it as a natural landmark hangs on a tree near it's front.
Spelunkers will have to "duck walk" into the cave about 30 to 40 feet to reach a room where
they can stand. To continue through the cave to its small exit hole, cavers must slither on
their stomachs. Tim has led many enthusiastic youth through this cave over the years.
Elbow and knee pads are nice to have for this trip.
Fisher Cave at Meramec State Park
115 Meramec Park Drive
Sullivan, MO 63080
Distance from ArdPark Cabins & Campground - 50 minutes (46 miles)
Meramec State Park is home to Fisher Cave where guided tours are
offered seasonally. Fisher Cave has a stream running through it,
contains wildlife fossils and offers a wide variety of huge columns
and well preserved beauty. The cave is closed October 16 to April 15.
Area Information, Area Map
Onondaga Cave and Cathedral Cave
7556 Route H
Leasburg, MO 65535
Distance from ArdPark Cabins & Campground - 25 minutes (20 miles)
Maintained and operated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, visitors can
experience 2 caves in one stop. First is a National Natural Landmark -- Onondaga Cave. With
it's spectacular beauty and history, a river running through it, and paved lighted walkways,
Onondaga is a must do activity. Having been there several times over the years, we highly
recommend taking the time to explore this one. Onondaga Cave guided tours are available
March to October. Second, the park is also home to Cathedral Cave. A more strenuous treck
guided with lanterns and given by appointment on weekends only but, again, well worth the
visit. The park has a special event each year for Halloween. For more information about
Halloween happenings, please visit our Fairs, Festivals & Events page.
Along the Courtois Creek
Several caves are located along the Courtois Creek, including Bear Cave, Fault Cave
and Sewer Cave. Little Scott Cave is also found along the Courtois Creek about 30
minutes east of Ozark Outdoors. Bat Cave, inside the Huzzah Conservation Area, is now
gated and no longer open to the public in order to protect the endangered bats. This route
provides spelunkers real opportunity to seek, find and explore!
Related Article (see pages 19-21)
Reference Material - U.S. Geological Survey
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SYNDROME THAT IS KILLING THOUSANDS OF BATS.
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Distance from ArdPark Cabins & Campground - 40 minutes (33 miles)
Said to be one of Jesse James' hideouts, guests can enjoy guided tours at this
underground spectacular year round. Tours are conducted along lighted
walkways. Meramec Caverns is the biggest commercial cave in Missouri and
contains some of the rarest and largest cave formations in the world.
Wheelchair accessible. Go to VisitMo. com for a coupon worth $2.50 off an adult
Miller Cave at Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
Distance from ArdPark Cabins & Campground - about 75 minutes (60
The Smithsonian Institution in D.C. houses artifacts from
Miller Cave. Archaeological finds from this cave provide
evidence of human habitation dating to 7,000 B.C. Fort
Leonard Wood is home to a complex of caves, but Miller Cave
is the only one open to the public. Miller Cave has an amazing
4 entrances. The main entrance is accessible via a well
maintained trail that starts at Fort Leonard Wood and
meanders down a slope into the cave. Admission is free. Visit
the website for more information, as well as additional,
interesting history about Miller Cave. Guests can enjoy a
fun-filled day visiting Miller Cave and also taking in the many
museums at Fort Leonard Wood.