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Smallin Civil War Cave

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Schoolcraft in the Valley of the Cave
Credit: Ozark Caves & Caverns LLC
"Cave pearls" at the base of the Showerhead formation
Credit: Ozark Caves & Caverns LLC

Smallin Civil War Cave was documented in 1818 by explorer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. The cave entrance is 55-feet tall and 100-feet wide. The cave holds a cache of Ozark history. Smallin Civil War Cave is listed on the national register as a historic district.

One-hour guided tours travel one-half mile. Our trails are wheelchair and stroller friendly; no stairs, just gradual inclines.

Sidewalk museum, crawl fort, gemstone and fossil mining are available. There is a free picnic area. Snacks, sodas and water are available for purchase in the gift shop.

Wild cave tours offered by reservation: two-hour, one-mile underground adventure off the beaten path, lit only by the headlamp on your helmet. During this tour, you walk through at least two feet of 54-degree water and traverse rugged terrain; lace-up shoes, headlamps, and helmets are required for this tour; age 12 and older only; younger than 18 must be accompanied by parent. Helmets and headlamps available for rent.

Civil War Lantern Tours are offered in the fall. Join us around the campfire for an evening of southern food, storytelling and a lantern-light trip through the mysterious Smallin Civil War Cave. Reservations are required. Call or email with questions.

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3575 N. Smallin Road
Ozark, MO 65721

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Partially Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
No Smoking
Activities On-site
Historic District
Activities Within 10 Miles
Backpacking Trail
Biking / Walking Trails
Equestrian Trails
Historic District
Discounts Offered
Group Discount
Military Discount
General Interest Info
Gift / Souvenir Shop
Open Year-round
This Facility Is In The National Register Of Historic Places
Group Policy
Advance Contact Requested
Guest Reservations Needed?
Reservations Not Required
Pet Policy
Pets Are Not Allowed
Suitable For These Age Groups
All Ages
Types Of Payment Accepted
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