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Ozark Plateau

Safest area on earth
 to live in?


This is the Book Cover of a book on all the caves and caverns in the Ozarks.
The obvious answer to why this cave entrance was chosen over all the rest is
because this cave entrance is far more spectacular than all the rest.




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Property Details:

THIS COMMERCIAL SHOW CAVE has several springs, smaller caves, an old zinc mine, and a beautiful canyon. Crinoid fossils are found in abundance in the cave and outside.

The entrance to the main cave is spectacular — a towering cliff adjacent to the beautiful park area features two waterfalls; the smaller one runs constantly (perennial) into a clear pool by the cave opening and is fed by the underground springs that form the start of a river, and the taller is operated via pump to spill majestically from an opening in the cliff face down past the cave entrance. The cave gate, a spider web of metal, allows visitors to step into an enchanted world.


–Huge  Commercial  Cave In  The Ozarks  For  Sale–


Enter into the mythical mystery
of this enchanted Ozark Cave

This entire 186 acre property in the Boston mountain range would be perfect for an adventure camp, zip line, or theme park. Or it could just be used as a private residence. With the extensive cave that has its own water supply, this would be the perfect Prepper property.

According to cavers, this is the best all-around adventure cave in a 4-state area. Over 1.6 miles have been mapped with 3 new passages found in recent years. It has been a commercial show cave since about 1932.

This is a unique living cave, consisting of winding underground river channels that periodically open into larger rooms.

Formations found in the cave include stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, rim-stone dams, soda straws, cave popcorn, dogtooth spar, helictites, moon milk, and calcite shields. (Continued below)


The entire 186.6 acre property would be perfect for an adventure camp, church camp, cabin rentals, golf course, zip line or theme park. Or it could just be used as a private residence. With the extensive cave that has its own water supply, this would be the perfect Prepper property.

The Boston Mountains form the southwestern part of the Ozark Plateau where this cave is. This scenic mountain range is the highest and most rugged portion of the Ozarks. Summits can reach elevations of just over 2,560 feet with valleys 500 to 1,500 feet deep. 

The highest elevation on the 186 acres is about 1,340 ft. and the lowest elevation will be about 1,020 ft.

The cave is 58 degrees year-round. 

Two long passages are used for wild cave tours:

The East Passage has stunning, world-class formations and starts with a boat ride on the underground river.

The North Passage takes you on an archaeological adventure into the Great Maze, through short-faced bear beds, past bear claw marks on the walls, and to the pit where the skeleton of a saber-toothed tiger was found.

Ice age mammal skeletons (Smilodon, short-faced bear & Saber Tooth tiger) found in the cave.

Numerous Native American artifacts have been found in and near the cave. The skeleton of a 15-year old boy, dated about 8,000 years old, was found deep in the cave.

This famous cave has been featured in numerous magazines, on tourism websites, and even in the DeLorme Arkansas guide.

The park area is well landscaped and features several ponds, 2 bridges, numerous picnic tables, and a picnic shelter. The ponds are usually kept full year round by the stream flowing from the cave. The entire park area is remarkably peaceful and quiet.

The property has a large parking lot and a building that operated for years as a gift shop downstairs and living quarters upstairs. The building is structurally sound but needs work to repair damage from an electrical fire.  Remodeling and repair work has been started on the interior.  The living quarters could definitely be converted into a guest house or B&B. There were 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and living room upstairs, so one could house at least 4 people there comfortably. And probably 2 more downstairs if it was remodeled.  As just an estimate, it might take $100,000 to finish it if you did the work yourself. Needs a new roof, siding and a few more windows. The large windows are all new.

Municipal Electricity on-site (building rewiring is 10% done), and the plumbing is 95% intact.

The water source for the building and grounds is a well.  No municipal water.  Depth of well and gpm unknown but it is a good one. All new well controls have been installed.

There is potential for a geothermal system to be installed for the building.  There is a small natural opening in the cliff below the building that vents warm air in the winter, obviously tied into the cave system somehow.

The property is not in or by a national forest.

186.6 acres is all wooded.  Timbered about 25 years ago

As far as I know, Searcy county does not have zoning, nor am I aware of building/development restrictions.

The road needs repair. We’ve been filling potholes. The final 1/2 mile to the cave is in fair condition. If the road was to be converted to gravel then the county would maintain it, assuming you did it to meet their specs.

The property has not been surveyed.  No planning work has been done that I know of. Basically it is waiting for someone with the vision to develop a comprehensive plan.

Propane tank is present. The septic system is operational and was inspected in 2015 with no deficiencies noted; a permit was not required when installed years ago.

There is another pond below the zinc mine area that would make an excellent site for cabins. The property is perfect for rock climbing and hiking, and has enough acres to be developed into an adventure park or camp. A zip-line could be installed. There is also an overlook that offers a fantastic view over the Ozark hills.

Ownership of the 2-mile road from the parking lot to a state highway, the large billboard on stone foundations by the highway and another billboard are also included with the property.

Legend has it that the Jesse James/Cole Younger gang hid out in the cave. A branch of the Younger family owned the cave at one time.

Above the walkway in the lighted portion of the cave, there is a section with an alternate passage that is fun to explore!

A bat survey was conducted in 2016 and 84 tricolor bats were found with no evidence of White Nose Syndrome.


During the past 2 years, a huge effort has been made to improve the cave and surrounding area. The cave electrical system has received a complete upgrade: new breaker boxes and junction boxes, new waterfall and water well controls, new electrical outlets and many new sockets, approximately 120 new LED bulbs, new wiring where needed and expanded lighting of the Big Room.

Approximately 400 feet of walkway over the stream in the cave has been redone. Old, rotten boards have been removed and Bearboard has been installed (won’t rot, is mold-proof, and should last 50 years). The bridge to the Big Room now has new decking and railings. Bearboard treads have been installed on the stairs to the Balcony Room. Repair work is being done on the railings by the cave entrance.

New cedar fence boards have been installed by the parking lot entrance.

The landscaping has been greatly improved by the services of a professional landscape designer.

Potential Uses of the Property:

The property has not been opened to the public for 2 years as a show cave but with a little work to the building this could easily be done. A small museum could be built or incorporated into the existing building to highlight Ice Age mammals, Native American culture, history of the region, cave formations, etc. The location is excellent for a Bed & Breakfast.

Items to be included with the property when sold:

Some geodes, display cases, benches and other building contents, including refrigerators, air conditioners, in-line water heater, water softener, etc. All mineral rights possessed by the current owner will also transfer.

Sale Details:

Some renovation needed on parking lot and gift shop, etc. 

          Estimated cost to renovate, $100,000 +/--

          A REDUCTION OF $400,000 IN PRICE.

$5,000 earnest money required.


Property to be viewed by appointment only; absolutely no trespassing. Prospective buyers will be allowed access only to the lighted portion of the cave. See photos for wild caving passages.

Serious enquiries by qualified buyers only!!!




Please call or write for more information

We will provide you with:

  •  The exact address of this cave system

  • The name of the cave. 

  • Google Map of 186 acres,

  • Property map of the 186 acres,

  • And dozens or pictures of the caves interior.

  • Plus the colorful history of this cave


Email us

Please include your phone number, and when you'd like to look at the property.

Please designate in the email... the huge cave on 186 acres








  • There is A 1/4 mile of lighted walkways that take you from one subterranean wonder to the next.

  • The entire cave, including wild cave passages and everything that has been mapped, is 1.6 miles long.

  • There is no lighting or walkways in the wild caving tour area.

  • Helmets are not required in the lighted section but they are available if someone wants one.

  • No one goes in without a guide, and the guide carries additional light sources.

  • First let's look at the 1/4 mile of lighted portion that is accessible by walkways seen in these pictures before going to the wild caving section.


You are missing half the fun.  Let me show you how to see a much larger view of most of these pictures.

  • Place your Mouse cursor over a picture and do a right click.  A little box will pop up. 

  • Click on "View Image" to get a bigger picture. 

  • Then, to get back to the other pictures just click on the back arrow in the top, left corner of the screen


Quite an array of different kinds of formations




These caverns was discovered around 1820, and became a show cave around 1932. Members of the Jesse James gang, notably, Cole Younger, used these cavern as a hide-out.

In the late 1800's the property below the cave, was mined for zinc, up through World War 1. It was not a tunnel mine, but rather an open pit mine, where they kept going deeper, and deeper. Today, the zinc vein, lies beneath 20-30 feet of rubble.

There is a very small cave, called Bear Cave, down there in the canyon, which is accessible to the public; which you can explore at your own risk, after signing a liability waiver. There is also another cave, across the valley from Bear Cave, being slowly revealed, beneath a bluff shelter; where volunteer diggers have been manually excavating, in the hope of being the first ones to discover the extent of this new cave system.

This whole area is rich with crinoid fossils.





Serine park like setting at the cave entrance



           Spectacular Entrance to cave                         The Spider Web Cave Gate           


Pack a picnic, make a day of it.  Bring a group!








Our extreme cave tours, consist of any combination of the following: sliding, stumbling, contortionist positions, belly crawls, hands and knees crawls, irregular terrain, gooey, sticky clay, short swims, tight squeezes, vertical climbs, and disconcerting ravine crossings, of indeterminate depths, along with other unnamed challenges. Our extreme wild cave tours usually last anywhere from 3 to 5 hours. For the safety of our guests, we provide caving helmets, headlights, knee pads, and gloves. You will need to bring a change of clothes, towels, a long sleeved shirt, jeans, and a belt.







They have the heart of a Spelunker

Wild Caving - Picture Yourself up there!









   Saber Tooth Tiger                            



  Remains of 15 year old Indian boy dated about  8000 years ago.


                          Skeleton, teeth & femur of the "Smilodon" short-faced bear            

The Ice Age skeletons shown aren't the actual ones found in the cave, they are from elsewhere. The teeth & femur of the short-faced bear, however are from the cave.




Please call or write for more information

We will provide you with:

  •  The exact address of this cave system

  • The name of the cave. 

  • Google Map of 186 acres,

  • Property map of the 186 acres,

  • And dozens of pictures of the caves interior.

  • Plus the colorful history of this cave



Email us

Please include your phone number, and when you'd like to look at the property.

Please designate in the email.the huge cave on 186 acres



Interested parties must be pre-qualified prior to any on-site visit


Call me (Ken Uptegrove) at (479) 502-1789

for contact information and the Google Earth map.




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