Current River Cavern

Big Spring Onyx Cavern


Useful Information

Location: US Route 6o, 1.6 km west of Van Buren, MO and the Current River.
(36.97751, -91.03429)
Open: All year daily 10-16.
Last tour 15.
[2021]
Fee: Adults USD 15.95, Children (4-14) USD 9.95, Children (0-3) free.
[2021]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LED
Dimension: L=727 m, T=14 °C.
Guided tours: D=45 min, L=73 m, Min=2, Max=12.
Photography: allowed, no flash
Accessibility: no
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Address: Current River Cavern, Missouri Down Under Aventure Park, P.O. Box 1001, Van Buren, MO 63965, Tel: +1-573-323-4001.
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History

1940 opened as a schow cave under the name Cave Spring Onyx Caverns
1996 cave surveyed.

Description

Current River Cavern is a river cave, the trail is an elevated wooden boardwalk above the river. The cave was electrically lit using battery powered LED lights which are remote controlled. The missing wires made the installation quite easy, but its necessary to change the rechargeable battery regularly. Visitors are equipped with helmets, which seems to be necessary, as the ceiling is often quite low. Its also possible to bring your own lamp and even helmet, or borrow a lamp in the gift shop.

Current River Cavern was also known under the name Big Spring Onyx Cavern. It is located at Cave Spring Park, an RV park, and offers gem & fossil panning, a petting zoo, a mineral and fossil museum, and a field trips and education program.