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

  • Pan for gemstones or fossils

  • Pick out a geode to crack on the porch

  • 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 frogs. See if you can spot a turtle or a goldfish

  • Sit in a rocking chair on the porch and watch the many hummingbirds

Take in Other Local Attractions

Bagnell Dam

Bridal Cave

Jacobs Cave

Outlet Shopping

Truman Reservoir

Ozark Yacht Club 

Check out for current events and activities in the Lake Area

Stay the Night at a Nearby Hotel

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