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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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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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Fantastic!!!

My husband and I went on the Wild tour. It was such a great time! It was about an hour and a half and you get to go off the main path and really experience the cave. It was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went on the Wild tour. It was such a great time! It was about an hour and a half and you get to go off the main path and really experience the cave. It was beautiful and incredibly interesting. If you have time and a small group that likes to see a cave out of the... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We took 55 high school students for a tour (spring 2015) and they enjoyed seeing that our class content actually had real world applications. The tour guides were willing to adapt their talk to the group and I will communicate more with them in the future because they can give me exactly what my kids need. The students did think... More 

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Pittsburg, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Perhaps it was the small group, perhaps it was because it is the off-season; whatever the reason, this was one of the best cave tours I have ever done. It was also not strenuous (like Marvel Cave, etc.) which my chubby out-of-shape self appreciated. The guide, Dennis, was great at explaining everything and showing us neat things, like the starfish... More 

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Texas
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17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I would have given this a firewall rating most likely if it wasn't for the "civil war" moniker they so blatantly and commercially slapped on the name to attract the interest of civil war historians and the like. Yes there is a slight connection to the civil war as parties did use the cave and surrounding area during the conflict,... More 

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Niles, Mi
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53 helpful votes 53 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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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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17 helpful votes 17 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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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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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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