Missouri, long known as the “Cave State,” has almost 7,500 caves, and Missouri State Parks showcases four of the best for public tours.
Although the four caves were formed the same way, with mildly acidic rainwater eating away porous bedrock, each has its individual displays of pencil-thin soda straws, flowing drapery and giant columns were stalactites and stalagmites meet.
The most memorable feature at Ozark Caverns is Angel’s Shower, a continuous flow of water from a “showerhead” of stalactites to a crystalline basin 8 feet below.
Carroll Cave is the second longest cave in Missouri. Located within Camden County, Carroll is currently mapped to a length of 20.7 miles.
The Carroll Cave Conservancy is a non-profit group working to define, study and protect the Carroll Cave watershed, starting from the natural entrance (a registered National Natural Landmark) from the far reaches of the cave and to the resurgence at Toronto Springs. If you’d like to help protect the beauty and diversity of this Missouri treasure then consider contributing to our organization.