Jill M. Rohrbach
Here is the schedule through Sept. 6, 2010:
Dripstone Trail – open year round. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-15, $5 with Interagency Senior/Access Pass (good for cardholder only). It is accessible by wheelchair with two strong assistants. There is a group rate for at least 15 people ages 6 and up with reservations made at least a day in advance.
Discovery Trail – open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-15, $5 with Interagency Senior/Access Pass (good for cardholder only). It is not wheelchair accessible and has nearly 700 stairsteps. There is a group rate for at least 15 people ages 6 and up with reservations made at least a day in advance.
Wild Cave Tour – open year round and available by reservation only. Participants must be at least 10 years old. The cost is $75 per person with a $25 deposit and the remaining $50 paid the day of the tour. Kids age 10-12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. It is not handicap accessible and involves very strenuous climbing crawline and sliding. There is no group rate.
Visitor Information Center – has a movie and exhibit hall. It’s open year round and is free and wheelchair accessible.
Campground –costs $10 per night at Blanchard and $7 per night at Gunner Pool. There is wheelchair accessibility. Large and small group campsites are available at Blanchard for $1.25 per person per night. Groups sites are reservable; call 870-269-3228.
Hiking – the trails in the area are open year round. There is one handicap accessible trail at the Visitor Center. There is no cost.
Syllamo Mountain Biking Trail – is open year round and parking is free. It is not handicap accessible.
Picnic Grounds and Swim Areas – There is a day use fee unless you’re holding a Caverns tour receipt dated that day. The picnic grounds are handicap accessibile but the swim areas are not. For groups, large and small picnic pavilions are available by reservation; call 870-269-3228.
It’s an Arkansas must-see. The caverns are located off Ark. 14 N. Call 888-757-2246 for more information and check it out on the Web at BlanchardCaveTours.com .