How long does it take to visit the caverns?
The tour itself is approximately one-hour long. We welcome you to stay longer and visit the Gift Shop, pan for gems or fossils at our sluice, walk the grounds or enjoy a picnic in one of our two picnic areas.
What attractions and lodging are nearby?
Stark Caverns is located just ten minutes away from Lake of the Ozarks – a hugely popular area for both locals and visitors. Within 30 minutes of visiting the caverns you have access to fishing, boating, zip-lining, fine dining, outlet shopping, antiquing, golf, tennis, spas, go karts and many other activities. There are luxurious resorts and lodges or family-friendly hotels and motels. There are also two other great caves nearby for you dedicated spelunkers – Bridal Cave and Jacob’s Cave. Visit http://www.funlake.com/ for more local area information.
Does the outside weather affect the caverns?
No for the most part. Stark Caverns is a constant 57-58 degrees year-round, but heavy rain increases the water flow inside the caverns and increases your likelihood of getting dripped on (cavern kisses) during the tour. In cases of extreme extended rain, the caverns may be temporarily closed until the water level reduces.Snow doesn’t affect the interior of the caverns, but may make road conditions getting to the caverns unsafe. You may want to call the caverns before you visit if there are extreme weather conditions.
Is the caverns handicap accessible?
The caverns is partially handicap accessible. Tours are one-hour long and require you to walk approximately three-fourths of a mile. Wheelchairs can manage 90% of the pathways in the caverns. The other 10% are at the far end of the caverns and there are waiting areas.
Can I bring my pet?
No. The only pets allowed in the buildings are service animals. Please plan accordingly and never leave your pets in a hot vehicle.
Is there a restaurant?
We do not have a restaurant at the caverns, but do have small snacks available in the Gift Shop and a soda machine. We encourage you to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a meal at one of our two picnic areas.
What should I wear for my tour?
Wear comfortable clothing such as jeans or shorts and a t-shirt, and close-toed shoes with good traction – tennis shoes or hiking boots are ideal. Bring a light jacket or sweater – the caverns are a constant 57-58 degrees year-round.
Can I take pictures in the caverns?
Yes. You can take pictures of everything except for the Native American Burials and any cavern wildlife we see (such as cave salamanders or crayfish).
Is Stark Caverns open on holiday?
Yes, except for Christmas and Thanksgiving.
How do I get to Stark Caverns?
Located in central Missouri, Stark Caverns is a very short drive on Highway 54 from the Lake of the Ozarks, just 7 minutes east of Bagnell Dam. Click here to create driving directions. Or call us at 573-369-3306.
Is parking free?
Can I make a Group Reservation?
Yes, please call 573-369-3306 and let us know the date your group would like to come and how many attendees you will be bringing. See our Groups page of the web site for more details.