Bull Shoals Caverns is a limestone cavern located in Bull Shoals, Arkansas. The caverns were created approximately 350 million years ago, during the Ordovician period and were carved out by water method. The caverns were formed by water seeping into the cracks of the rocks, gradually enlarging the cracks and dissolving the surrounding rocks. There is an underground river that flows through the caverns.
Bull Shoals Caverns has been open since 1958.
Human dwelling was first documented starting 300 B.C. via carbon dating. The first Native Americans to use this cave were the Cliff Walkers which have been inhabiting caves for 10,000 years throughout Central North America as well as other tribes. Early settlers in the late 1800s to early 1900’s would use utilize the caverns as a well cooler aka (refrigerator). During the American Civil War, Confederate soldiers use the cavern for harvesting saltpeter. In the early to middle 1900s, moonshiners utilized the cavern as a hideout for their stills during Prohibition. Due to a lack of good roads, moonshiners were not bothered by “Revenuers”. During World War II, Bull Shoals Caverns was used for refrigeration by the surrounding neighbors for whiskey and food storage. Plan a Bull Shoals trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
Bull Shoals Caverns Reviews
We were in the area with our grand kids touring the sights. We saw a sign for the cavern and decided to take the tour. Be prepared for a little walk down to the cavern entrance. Our group was... more »
I thought it was a very great few hrs of fun. Very nice tour guides, great views In the cave, cool wildlife like salamanders and types of exotic frogs in the cave, and perfect for families and people who wanna explore caves but are claustrophobic because there is a decent amount of room. Along with a very cool 1880 town of actual houses, church, bank, and grocery store built in the 1800s!.
Loved the cave; however we did the last tour of the day and we had no idea that we couldn't do the village or the gift shop once the tour was over. Felt the tour was rushed and weren't allowed ample time for photos. We only got 1/2 of what we paid for. They lost $ from us on what we would have spent in the gift shop. I would like to say we'd be back, but I think we'll try elsewhere first.
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