Type: Backcountry, Nature Trail
Length: 1.20 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Caving
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? $10.50
Parking Fee? No
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Location: Blanchard Caverns Recreation Area on the Sylamore Ranger District on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest. The trail is located 280 feet below the ground under the Visitor Center.
From Mountain View, take Highway 5-9-14 north for 5 miles to Allison. At Allison, take Highway 14 west for 8 miles towards the town of Fifty Six. Blanchard Springs Caverns is marked by a brown sign on the right. Turn right and follow the road to the Blanchard Visitor Center.
The Discovery Trail is another of the tours that is available at Blanchard Springs Caverns. This tour will last 1 1/2 hours. This one is a bit more complex than the Dripstone Trail. It is in the lower portion of the Caverns. The Discovery Trial will bring you 366 feet into Mother Earth, and is 1.2 miles long. This section of the caverns was discovered in 1963 by two local cavers, and is the largest of the 3 different sections. There are nearly 700 stair steps on this tour so if you have walking or health problems this one isn’t for you. On this tour you’ll take the routes of the early explorers and pass through campsites of their early expeditions. You’ll look up through the natural entrance where those early explorers dangled from ropes on homemade harness. You will see the underground stream which eventually gushes from the Blanchard Springs. This section of the Caverns is not filled with the formations of the Dripstone Trail, it is the first place where you will see the stream that runs through the caverns assisting in the creation of the caverns
Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Bituminous treatment
Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 650
Elevation High Point: 720
Year Designated: 2009
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USDA Forest Service
1001 E. Main
Mountain View , AR 72560
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