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The Ozarks are famous for their natural beauty and their many caves. They are an outdoors paradise filled with forests, mountains, lakes, streams above, and caves below. The Ozarks are one of the most stunning places to rest and recuperate, and there are some stunning rental cabins in the Ozarks that one can enjoy while there.

One of the many caves in the area is the Smallin Civil War Cave. The Smallin Civil War Cave is located just out of the town of Ozark and a short drive south of the city of Springfield, Missouri. This cave boasts an intriguing history and has a range of tours on offer - including wheelchair-accessible tours with great storytelling.


The Smallin Civil War Cave And Tours

The Smallin Civil War Cave was documented in 1818 (by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft) and had rumors of links to the Civil War. On tour, one will hear all about the Irish soldiers, the local Osage Tribe, and the Civil War regiment associated with the cave. The tours really bring the cave to life and show its history in a way a self-guided tour would never be able to.

  • Location: Just Out of Ozark, Missouri
  • Address: 3575 N. Smallin Road, Ozark, MO 65721

The cave's entrance is 55 feet tall and 100 feet wide and is today listed on the national register as a historic district.

  • Entrance: 55 Feet Tall, 100 Feet Wide

Tours are offered by Smallin Civil War Cave. According to reviews on Google, they have partners with the local Native American tribe, The Osage, to keep the site historically accurate. They have taken their time to do their research and make sure the information is factual and accurate.

They are open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm and on Sunday from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm (for their hours in the winter months of January and February, contact them directly). They offer three tours as well as private tours:

  • The Stand One Hour Cave Tour
  • The Wild Cave Tour
  • The Lantern Tour

The cave and the cave tours enjoy a high rating of 4.7/5.0 Stars on Google with 643 reviews.

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Standard One Hour Smallin Civil War Cave Tour

The Smallin Civil War Cave is one of the caves in the Ozarks that offers guided tours. The guided tours last for one hour and travel around half a mile. The great news is that the cave is accessible - there are no stairs, and the incline is gradual, making it wheelchair and even stroller friendly.

  • Duration: One Hour
  • Distance: Half a Mile
  • Accessible: Wheelchair Accessible
  • Adults: $25.95
  • Children: $14.95 Aged 3 to 12 (Under Three Free)

While there, visitors can also visit the craw fort and Sidewalk museum and learn about gemstones and fossil mining. There is also a gift shop nearby.

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The Wild Cave Tour & Lantern Tour

Wild Cave Tour

Another option for the Smallin Civil War Car tour is to take a wild cave tour. These are offered by reservation and last for two hours. They cover one mile underground, going off the beaten path. Experience the eerily thrill of the cave lit only by one's headlamp in the helmet.

  • Accessible: Not Accessible
  • Reservations: Required
  • Illumination: Only One's Headlamp
  • Age Restriction: 12 and Older (Under 18 Need A Parent)

Note that on this tour, visitors need to wade through at least two feet of water (that's around 54 degrees Fahrenheit) and walk over rugged terrain. Visitors need to come in lace-up shoes and have headlamps and helmets (helmets and headlamps are available for rent).


  • Group Of 4 or More: $85.00 Per Person (Plus Tax)
  • Group of 2 to 3: $100.00 Per Person (Plus Tax)

Lantern Tours

Lantern Tours are offered in the fall and are a great Halloween activity. Join the guides for a full experience that includes a campfire with southern food and storytelling. The Lantern Tours are offered from late September to early November.

  • Season: Late September to early November
  • Reservations: Required
  • Included: Campfire With Southern Food and Storytelling

Not so far away in Kentucky, Mammoth Cave has the longest (or one of the longest) known cave systems in the world.

Next time in driving through Missouri, take a detour and explore underneath the ground.