Spelunking in the Ozarks

Missouri is home to more than 6,300 registered caves and more are being found each day. The Lake of the Ozarks alone has over 300 caves. Many of these known caves are considered “wild,” but there are many that are considered “show.” These show caves have paved walkways, bridges, hand rails and lights installed so guests can view the underground beauty safely. If you are staying at the Lake of the Ozarks, visiting a cave is a great way to spend a day, no matter the weather. Keys to the Lake has all the information on some of the amazing caves that call Lake of the Ozarks’ home:

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Bridal Cave

Located just north of Camdenton, Bridal Cave has been a favorite family attraction for more than 65 years. Bridal Cave lies beneath Thunder Mountain and was supposedly the site of Native American wedding ceremonies in the early 1800s. It is still reserved today for those who wish to have a unique and romantic wedding ceremony. More than 3,000 couples from around the world have said, “I do” in the Bridal Chapel. Visitors of Bridal Caves can take a guided tours and see amazing formations, giant columns, stalactites, stalagmites and the Mystery Lake. Visit www.BridalCave.com for more information.

Jacob’s Cave

Just north of Gravois Mills in Versailles, Jacob’s Cave is the largest cave in the Lake area. This cave is famous for its depth illusion, reflective pools, ceiling sponge-work, prehistoric hones and the world’s largest geode. Come and enjoy a one-mile tour over level concrete sidewalk and see many different cave formations. From soda straws to massive stalactites and columns to delicate helectites, this cave has it all. There is even evidence of six ice ages and three earthquakes that can be seen. Jacob’s Cave is a wonderful place to bring the family for a day of adventure. For more information, visit www.JacobsCave.com.

The Cave at Windermere

The first 350 feet of Windermere's cave is open for you to explore whenever you want. There is a paved path and it is partially lit, allowing you a beautiful place to explore. If that's not enough for you, the Beyond the Gate tour will give you a true spelunking experience. This guided tour will take you down a winding tunnel and through three dome rooms. Plan on getting down and dirty as you crawl on your hands and knees through the cave. See formations like popcorn rocks and special sculpting clay. If the weather is right, you may get to see the beautiful waterfalls coming from deep within the rocks. Visit http://www.windermereusa.org/recreation/cave/ for more information. 

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Ozark Caverns

Visit the Ozark Caverns, located in the Lake of the Ozarks State Park, and discover what lies beneath the surface. When you visit, witness an unusual cave phenomenon called Angel Showers, where a never-ending shower of water seems to come out of the solid ceiling of rock. Four species of salamander, four species of bats and 16 species of invertebrates call the Ozark Caverns home. It is also home to many small, secretive cave animals like the blind grotto salamander, which can sometimes be spotted on the cave tours. Visit https://mostateparks.com/page/54199/cave-tours for more information on the cavern.

Visit Lake of the Ozarks On Your Next Vacation!

Caves make a great vacation activity because they can be visited no matter the weather. However, there are many other fun activities at the Lake of the Ozarks. When you visit Lake of the Ozarks, stay at a rental property from Keys to the Lake. Our properties are all close to shopping, restaurants, entertainment and more. Come see what makes Lake of the Ozarks great! View some of the vacation rentals available this summer at our website

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