Stark Caverns, Eldon

#5 of 6 in Parks in Lake of the Ozarks
Must see · Cave · Nature / Park
Located near Lake of the Ozarks, Stark Caverns takes you on a journey through the ages as you explore amazing geological formations, Native American artifacts, & ancient bear beds. See vistas like Moonshiner's Dam, the Wishing Well, and our own Grand Canyon. Learn all about stalagmites, stalactites, and fluorescent minerals. Discover a whole new world underground.

Plus, be sure to take time to enjoy the scenic view from our wrap-around porch at the Visitor's Center, try your hand at sluice mining or even crack open a geode.

Our daily tours are open to all ages, and our caverns are 85% wheelchair accessible with wide walking paths and areas to rest. Open year round, we look forward to seeing you at Stark Caverns!

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  • Lee was an awesome tour guide who's passion for the cave and its history was evident. Loved it!! It was fun standing in the quietness and utter darkness. Never been in a cave where you started at...  more »
  • Wow. Facilities were clean and nice. Pearl was an amazing tour guide. She was able to answer all of my questions, she had such a positive attitude her energy was infectious! Be sure to request her...  more »
  • Lee was a great host. Me my daughter and her mother had a wonderful time. It was only us three so it felt a little more personal. First time inside a cave and it was very interesting and Lee knew what he was talking about in depth. All around awesome and will recommend to friends and family. Thanks again Lee for an awesome experience!
  • We toured just a couple days ago (our guide was a lovely lady named Kim) and THOROUGHLY enjoyed it! The facilities outside the cave are very new and clean; once you enter, you can tell that they put a lot of time and energy into maintaining the structure so that inexperienced spelunkers can travel safely. (I found that comforting!) The cave is well lit as well — the relevant formations are highlighted and easy to spot! We took the standard tour and learned about the history of the cave and its uses, formation, and inhabitants across the years. It's clearly designed to be an all-ages presentation. I would recommend the tour for ages "I can sit through a presentation" (so maybe 6 or 7) to "I can walk up about 30 slick stairs"! To sum it up, this is a GREAT way to spend one of those really wet, hot summer days, especially if you don't want to drive a long way to a beach or something. The cave is a delightful 58° F all year! It felt amazing just to stand out front! You should definitely take the tour! (And thanks again, Kim!)

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