Hours of Operation

Open Daily, Year-Round
Summer Hours
9:30am - 5:00pm

First Tour Departs: 10:00am
Last Tour Departs: 4:00pm

Specialty Tours - Black Light / Escape Room / Lantern

(Available Only With Online Bookings In Advance)
5:00pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm

Location & Contact Info


125 Cave Drive, Eldon, MO 65026

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Planning Your Visit

Check Weather Conditions

  • We are open everyday for tours except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day.
  • If the weather calls for snow or ice, call ahead to make sure the caverns are open. Visitor safety is a top priority so we will close the caverns if the weather or road conditions become too dangerous.
  • Expect to walk several hundred feet on an uncovered gravel pathway to the cave entrance – bring a warm coat in the cool seasons and a rain jacket and umbrella for rainy days.
  • The road to access the caverns is gravel, ending in a fairly steep hill down to the caverns. These roads may be challenging in inclement weather. Make sure your vehicle is suitable for these conditions.

Dress Appropriately

  • Wear comfortable shoes, preferably with a closed toe and good traction. You will be walking three-fourths of a mile over the course of your tour in areas that are near gravel, dirt and rocks. Several portions of the pathway are wet and could be slick.
  • Have a light jacket or sweater to wear in the caverns – 57 degrees can feel chilly for many folks. We have sweatshirts for sale in the Gift Shop.
  • Dress casually and be prepared to be dripped on during the caverns walk. We call these drips “Cavern Kisses.”

Come Prepared

  • Bring bug spray and/or sunscreen depending on the weather and your personal needs, especially if you plan to stay awhile and enjoy the grounds.
  • Strollers are welcomed and may be used for 75% of the tour. Thin and lightweight strollers are the best option.
  • If one of your guests will be using a wheelchair, you’ll want to designate someone who can help push the wheelchair on some of the sloped or rough areas of the pathway.

Stay Awhile

  • Visit the Gift Shop and purchase a memento of your trip
  • Pan for gemstones or fossils
  • Pick out a geode to crack on the porch
  • Get a snack or a soda
  • Bring a picnic lunch and eat at one of the two picnic areas
  • Walk around the pond and listen to the frogs. See if you can spot a turtle or a goldfish
  • Sit in a rocking chair on the porch and watch the many hummingbirds

Take in Other Local Attractions

  • Bagnell Dam
  • Bridal Cave
  • Jacobs Cave
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Truman Reservoir
  • Ozark Yacht Club
  • Check out for current events and activities in the Lake Area

Stay the Night at a Nearby Hotel

Be sure to check out our preferred hotel partners

Stark Caverns partners with the best hotels in the area so that your visit to the Lake is even better! When staying with one of our preferred partners be sure to ask them about special discounts on our daily tours reserved only for their current guests.
Margaritaville Lake Resort

The perfect blend of lake latitude and island attitude

Regalia Hotel Osage beach

Reinventing a 5-star hotel experience at the Lake of the Ozarks’ most relaxing hotel

Regalia Hotel Osage beach

Lake of the Ozarks Premier destination resort a "no resort fees" lodging source

Historic Randles Court

Built in the early 1930's, our recently restored rooms will take you back to simple times. The early days of bus & railway rest stops, road-trips in the family car, and the quintessential motor court -the era of the Great American Motel.

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125 Cave Drive

Eldon, MO 65026