Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave

Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave

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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Mark Twain Cave: Traverse the labyrinth which inspired Mark Twain's famous work, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, on an hour long guided tour of Missouri's oldest show cave. The tour route is lit and walkways are level and smooth, with no stairs. A light jacket is suggested as the cave is a constant 52 degrees year round. Cameron Cave: Open Memorial Day - Labor Day. Experience some of this unique cave's 490 passageways via a flashlight tour. Cameron Cave has been left in it's natural state ever since it's discovery in 1925. The 80-90 minute tour consists of a total of a mile long walk which includes a quarter mile hike up to the entrance of the cave. Sensible walking shoes are recommended.
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CassieW34
Saint Joseph, MO44 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
My husband and I took our 6 year old twin boys on the Cameron Cave tour. We chose this trip because it looked like it had more natural elements, was a slightly better value (the tour is longer), and we knew our boys would have a blast with flashlights.
Everyone in our tour group had young boys so it was perfect! Reed was our guide and was great to answer adult questions and go along with silly little boys. Everyone gets their own flashlight for this tour (you get to keep it) and it’s so fun to be able to shine your light down the various passages or on the ceiling and discover things.
Our tour was 90 minutes and about 50-55 degrees on a 92 degree day. The only tough part is the 1/4 mile walk up a gravel road to the entrance. There are a few narrow spots and places to duck and a few small slippery slopes.
Overall it was a total blast and our boys can’t wait to do it again.
I should also mention that there are NO bats and we saw zero critters of any kind :)
Written July 17, 2022
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We really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review! We are so glad you had so much fun on your tour! We will look forward to seeing you next time! (As for the bats and critters, they come and go as they please and are a little less reliable than our tour guides ;) )
Written August 1, 2022
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Jennifer B
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
The girl in the gift shop juggled many things at once and still gave us all positive attention. The only thing I suggest is if you buy anything, make sure you check it out yourself. I purchased a flashlight and the cashier pushed the button and said it works. I didn't check because she was nice and I believed her. I got it home (300+ miles away) and it doesn't work! I wish I had written information about my tour guide because I don't remember names well. I believe it was Laneya (phonetically spelled.) She did a wonderful job with the tour. You can tell she enjoyed her job because she was informative, spoke clearly, funny, and made sure we were okay. When I mentioned how fast she was walking she apologized and slowed down for us. The best part of that is she didn't act as if our slow speeds annoyed her (thank you so much for that.) Thank you honorary Becky Thatcher.
Written June 24, 2022
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Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and we appreciate the compliments to our staff! We are so sorry to hear about that flashlight! Feel free to give the office a call, we would love to dig a little bit further into that for you. You can reach us at 573-231-1000
Written August 1, 2022
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Jeff H
6 contributions
Jul 2020
Had a great tour of Cameron Cave on July 31, 2020. The cave structure is amazing was was unlike any other cave tour we've done. Dozens of caves branching off the main trail, but no real stalagmites and stalagmites like you see in other caves. This was was really dry in comparison. Tour guide did a great job of keeping us entertained, sharing information about the cave, and managing three rowdy little boys who kept bugging him and asking tons of questions (no parental supervision). Only downside was the tour doesn't require guests to wear face masks (tour taken during the COVID-19 pandemic) and our family and the tour guide were the only ones wearing them. This is a close quarters tour in an enclosed space without a lot of air circulation folks. Please be kind and wear a mask to protect those around you. I recommend the proprietors consider making mask wearing mandatory.
Written August 2, 2020
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Thank you for your review! Your comments are definitely being taken into consideration. We appreciate your feedback.
Written August 28, 2020
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katyrwalls
Middleburg, FL182 contributions
Jul 2022
Young Sam Clemens played in the cave, and he mentioned it in Tom Sawyer and other books. You can take an hour-long guided cave tour and see his signature on the rock wall. It has been there since he was a boy but was only discovered in 2019. The walk is easy, and the cave is well lit.
Jesse James also left his signature on the wall of the cave. He used it as a hideout after a botched robbery. It’s dated September 22, 1879. His hideout is marked, but you can’t descend to the place where his signature is due to danger.
Written August 17, 2022
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We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review! We are so glad you enjoyed your time in the cave and getting to hear all the history that has taken place there!
Written August 30, 2022
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Graced79
Cape Girardeau, MO306 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
I love cave exploring especially learning about the history of the cave. The downside of our experience was that our tour guide, Kasen, was EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to understand. He spoke very fast and low and with the mask on, I was only able to understand half of what he said. It was very disappointing. With so little background on the cave the tour was not worth the $20 price of admission.

The unexpected positive was the free 5 x 7 photo we were given at the end of the tour.
Written August 18, 2020
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We are so sorry to hear that! We are addressing the issue with the person who we believe was your tour guide. Thank you for your feedback.
Written August 26, 2020
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Andrew P
1 contribution
Nov 2022
At first, I was a bit hesitant to spend $25 to go in a cave but this was a great experience. The cave itself is incredibly cool (and much bigger than I thought), with many interesting passageways and other geological features. It also features a lot of history, including a strong connection to many of Mark Twain's stories and even an authentic signature from Twain (Clemens) on one of the cave's walls. Our guide, Peter, did a great job balancing the geology, history, and folklore involved in the cave (cave puns included) throughout the roughly one hour tour. I would strongly recommend this tour!
Written November 10, 2022
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Peggy B
Bettendorf, IA52 contributions
Sep 2020
The Mark Twain cave tour was good. The website stated that Cameron Cave was closed after Labor day, however it was open Sept 19th.
We only went to the Mark Twain Cave and this review is for that one.

1. IF you want to hear the tour guide, do not be in the back. You could not hear hardly at all and I did bring it up when we got to the big room. However, the tour guide kept doing what he had before.
2. There are tours every hour (top of the hour) so you cannot slow down to look at a lot.
3. You will see the "Clemens" signature but you will not see Jesse James signature. They took a photo for you to see at the end of the tour.
4. It does have slippery portions in the cave, the tour guide was good to point those out.
5. It does have areas that are close, very close to walk through. I am 5'7" about 260lbs (no wide hips or chest) and made it through. No wheelchairs would be accessible through this.
6. The cost for two people with tax for one cave is $43.00
7. This was a neat thing to do, however I would not call it a must do (I love caves)
8. They take a picture of you at the beginning of the cave and allow you to purchase at the end for $10.84
Written September 22, 2020
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Thank you for you review, Peggy! We would like to hear more from you on how we can improve our experience. Please feel free to give us a call at the office at 573-231-1000. We will look into working with the guide you were with on how to help make sure all our guests are able to hear. Thank you for visiting!
Written October 13, 2020
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jennyw1999
Evansville, IN, USA75 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
1. This is a cave and the temp is 52 degrees all year long. 2. There are two have options. The Mark Twain cave is about 30 minutes long and talks about the lore of the cave and it's history with regards to Mark Twain. The Cameron cave is a bit longer and is more geological in nature. Mark Twain cave has lighting. Cameron is all done by flashlight.
We only went to Mark Twain cave. If we had planned better we would have come at 9 when they opened and done both caves. This is a good option for first time cavers, those who are only slightly claustrophobic, and those able to walk without assistance. We enjoyed it and would do it again.
Written August 15, 2020
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Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! We do try to accommodate as many schedules as possible by having as many tours available as we can. Since the Mark Twain Cave is an hour long and the Cameron Cave is an hour and twenty minutes it may require a little planning to do both in a day but it is well worth it!
Written August 26, 2020
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Pam B
Cape Girardeau, MO845 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
The cave tour was a fun hour long activity and the tour guide was entertaining. It cost our family $155 for 4 adults and 4 small children. Based upon the cost we would probably not do it again.
Written September 7, 2021
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Thank you for your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your time with us even if it was a little more than you were anticipating. We appreciate you coming out to see us!
Written November 6, 2021
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Royanna
2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Just did this tour, the tour guide a awesome job, I can’t remember if it was Nate or Nathaniel, any how this was the worst experience I have ever had and I have been on many tours though caverns.
1. I guess it was our fault we didn’t look around at the people we were going to go in the cave with because their were several families with children under the age of one, and through the crying and the yelling I could not hear anything the tour guide said.
2. How many caves have you gone into that turns off all the lights so you can experience total darkness? Yeah none that I have been on, well that didn’t happen because some woman wouldn’t turn off her phone flash light because her kid would freak, the guide asked her nicely but nope she said this is America and told him to skip this and keep going. WTF?
3. Why lady would you not check with the front before you bought your tickets?

4. So my experience was cut short because of one woman who didn’t do her due diligence for her kid.
Written August 15, 2021
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We are so sorry to hear that your experience wasn't the best because of other guests. Hopefully if you pass this way again we can get you on to a quieter tour. Thank you for visiting!
Written October 28, 2021
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