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Discovery Trail Tour

Cave Tour
1 hr. 30 min.


Not recommended for visitors with known heart or respiratory problems, poor circulation or difficulty walking long distances on unlevel surfaces and negotiating stairs. Evacuation from the cave to a hospital for medical attention could take several hours.

Group rates apply see fees page(link).

Offered: Daily, Memorial Day (last weekend in May) through Labor Day (first weekend in September)

Ticket Availability


Tour Description

The Discovery Trail follows the path of the first explorers through large water-carved passages, under the natural entrance, along the cave stream, and through enormous, beautifully decorated rooms. This longer, more strenuous tour is 1.2 miles long, with nearly 700 stairsteps. Do not take this tour if you have walking, heart, or breathing difficulties.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Distance: 1.2 miles
  • Number of Steps: 686
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Difficult

Know Before You Go

Constant 58 degree temperature; wear low-heeled nonslip shoes; no restrooms underground. The tour has nearly 700 steps, so it is not suitable for wheelchairs, or those with walking, heart, or breathing problems. *Educational school groups are asked to contact the Caverns directly at 1-870-757-2211 to schedule their school group tour.

Discovery Tour - School Groups

  • Open Memorial weekend through Labor Day
  • Tours travel one way, 1 2/10 miles total, through water-carved passages, past the underground stream, and through highly decorated rooms in the middle level of the Caverns. This trail has nearly 700 stair steps.
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Tour times: Between 10:00 AM and 4:30 PM.
Group Information:
  • Groups of 30 or more will be scheduled for successive tours when possible
  • Educational groups must specify the group's name
  • Cost: $3 student ages 6 -15, $7 per student ages 16 +
Group Rate requirements:
  • One payment for all tickets
  • Reservations required
  • Minimum 15, no maximum
  • Tickets must be picked up 30 minutes before tour time
  • Must call Caverns directly
To schedule a School Group reservation, call Blanchard Springs Caverns toll-free at 1-870-757-2211 for more information.
Offered: Daily, Memorial Day (last wkend in May) through Labor Day (first weekend in September)


No restroom underground


From Mountain View, take AR Highway 5-9-14 north for 5 miles to Allison. At Allison, take AR Highway 14 west for 8 miles towards the town of Fifty Six. Blanchard Springs Caverns is marked by a brown sign to the right. Turn right and follow the road to the Blanchard Visitor Center.

Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the Tour Park.
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