Did You Know?
With more than 7,500 caves, Missouri is known as the “Cave State.” Most caves are located in the Ozarks, but a few are found as far north as Hannibal.
If you visit a cave in the summer, the air inside will feel cool. If you visit in the winter, it will feel warm. That’s because the inside of a cave stays at the same temperature — about 56 degrees — nearly all of the time. Long-tailed salamander
Several kinds of salamanders slip around in the twilight zone, the entrance to a cave that gets a little sunlight
Many bats spend winter in caves, and some rest in caves during the summer. If you look closely, you might find a few of these furry, flying insect munchers.
Drip. Drop. Drip. Drop. Over thousands of years, water trickling through limestone creates passageways and rock formations such as stalactites and stalagmites.
Heads Up !
Caves are dangerous places to explore on your own. Never, ever go into a cave without an adult.
Did You Know?
Ozark cavefish live in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma — and nowhere else in the world. The 2-inch long, ghostly white fish swim in total darkness, so eyes aren’t helpful. Instead, cavefish find food by sensing movements in the water.
Where to Go
Some caves are closed to the public to protect rare and unique wildlife that lives inside them. The caves listed below are usually open for exploring. But beware: Due to COVID-19, they may be closed. Check before you go.
- Onondaga Cave and Cathedral Cave at Onondaga Cave State Park
- Fisher Cave at Meramec State Park
- Ozark Caverns at Lake of the Ozarks State Park
- Round Spring Cave
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