Make the most out of your visit to Stark Caverns by planning ahead.

Check Weather Conditions

  • If the weather calls for snow or heavy rain, call ahead to make sure the caverns are open. Visitor safety is a top priority so we will close the caverns if the weather or road conditions become too dangerous.
  • Expect to walk several hundred feet on an uncovered gravel pathway to the cave entrance – bring a warm coat in the cool seasons and a rain jacket and umbrella for rainy days.
  • The road to access the caverns is gravel, ending in a fairly steep hill down to the caverns. These roads may be challenging in inclement weather. Make sure your vehicle is suitable for these conditions. 

Dress Appropriately

  • Wear comfortable shoes, preferably with a closed toe and good traction. You will be walking three-fourths of a mile over the course of your tour in areas that are near gravel, dirt and rocks. Several portions of the pathway are wet and could be slick.
  • Have a light jacket or sweater to wear in the caverns – 57 degrees can feel chilly for many folks. We have sweatshirts for sale in the Gift Shop.
  • Dress casually and be prepared to be dripped on during the caverns walk. We call these drips “Cavern Kisses.”

Come Prepared

  • Bring bug spray and/or sunscreen depending on the weather and your personal needs, especially if you plan to stay awhile and enjoy the grounds.
  • If you are bringing a stroller, we recommend one that is light weight so you can easily carry it as needed.
  • If one of your guests will be using a wheelchair, you’ll want to designate someone who can help push the wheelchair on some of the sloped or rough areas of the pathway.

Stay Awhile

  • Visit the Gift Shop and purchase a memento of your trip

  • Get a snack or a soda

  • Bring a picnic lunch and eat at one of the two picnic areas

  • Walk around the pond and listen to the birds

  • Sit in a rocking chair on the porch

Take in Other Local Attractions

Bagnell Dam

Bridal Cave

Jacobs Cave

Outlet Shopping

Truman Reservoir

Water sports or other outdoor activities – check out TripAdvisor, Lake of the Ozarks

Stay the Night at a Nearby Hotel

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