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Smallin Civil War Cave

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Address: 3575 North Smallin Road, Ozark, MO 65721
Phone Number: 417-551-4545
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Discovered in 1818, Smallin Cave’s breathtaking ten-story arch will lead...
Discovered in 1818, Smallin Cave’s breathtaking ten-story arch will lead you into rich human history, unusual geology and rare cave life. One-hour guided tours, Open year-round.
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WELL WORTH THE DRIVE - GREAT CAVE EXPERIENCE

Great caving experience and for us Old Geezers; no stairs or uphill climbing. The cave is on one level, which makes it great for strollers, young children and wheelchairs. Our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
Old_Geezer2013
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Niles, Mi
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Niles, Mi
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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Great caving experience and for us Old Geezers; no stairs or uphill climbing. The cave is on one level, which makes it great for strollers, young children and wheelchairs. Our guide was very knowledgeable in regards to the cave and local history. My wife and I enjoyed our tour very much. We are both glad that we took the time... More 

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We just went on a lantern tour and loved it. The guides were very hospitable and knowledgeable. We have been to the cave during the day on a tour and loved it also. You can't go wrong with a daytime or nighttime tour. Every time we have been we have come away wanting to go again. Worth the price and... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We went on a lantern tour of the Smallin Cave last night. It was beautiful and interesting to visit. The history--the fossils--the cave critters. Everything. Completely accessible also for all ages and physical abilities.

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Branson, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

It's worth visiting at least once. The entrance has an amazing view and the fossils found there tell a story of the Ozarks history. Fun date or outing with the family.

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Bremerton, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Smallin Civil War Cave is a privately-owned natural wonder. The beauty of the cave was absolutely breath-taking. I love taking pictures, but there are some times when you just have to put the camera down and stare at the beauty of creation. This is one of those times. Standing inside the cave, looking out through the massive opening at... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We visited as a large family of 10 with children ranging from 4-13. Our family is from this area so we were interested to learn the history of the cave and about its life during war time... And what a life the cave has had. All the stories of the people who have come and gone.. And in one way... More 

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Springfield, Mo
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I live in the area and have never stopped to visit the Smallin cave before, the name is deceiving this is a big cave. I have been to many caves all over the US and this is a very nice one. It is easy to navigate with no stairs. They have dinner tours on some Saturday nights. They cooked us... More 

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El Dorado Springs
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The cost of this cave is far less than other nearby caves. Also you can get closer to the actual cave than at the others. Guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Also trails were very easy to navigate.

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Prairie Village
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We asked the person at the front desk TWICE if this cave had anything to do with the Civil War. That was our main interest. Twice his answer was that it did. After purchasing our ticket and going on the one hour tour it had NOTHING to do with the Civil War. They lied and they ripped us off. Sorry,... More 

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Well worth the stop to tour this cave. Not far off the highway. A smaller, family owned type business, the staff and owners do a great job. Learn about history and science while enjoying the beauty and wonder of nature. Glad we stopped.

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