Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to visit the caverns?
The daily tour is approximately one-hour long. We welcome you to stay longer and enjoy our Visitor's Center. Pan for gems or fossils at our sluice, crack open a geode, shop for unique souvenirs and gifts, walk the grounds or enjoy a picnic in one of our two picnic areas.
Does the outside weather affect the caverns?
Stark Caverns is a constant 57-58 degrees year-round, but heavy rain increases the water flow inside the caverns and increases your likelihood of getting dripped on (cavern kisses) during the tour. Snow doesn’t affect the interior of the caverns, but may make road conditions getting to the caverns unsafe. You may want to call the caverns before you visit if there are extreme weather conditions.
Are the caverns handicap accessible?
Stark Caverns are partially handicap accessible. Daily tours are one-hour long and require you to walk approximately three-fourths of a mile. Wheelchairs can manage 85% of the pathways in the caverns. The other 15% are at the far end of the caverns and there are waiting areas. Black Light Tours cover sections of the cave that are fully accessible, but due to the limited lighting, it is more difficult to see where you are going.
Can I bring my pet?
No. The only pets allowed in the buildings are service animals. Please plan accordingly and never leave your pets in a hot vehicle.
Is there a restaurant?
We do not have a restaurant at the caverns, but do have snacks & beverages available in the Visitor's Center. We encourage you to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a meal at one of our two picnic areas.
What should I wear for my tour?
Wear comfortable clothing such as jeans or shorts and a t-shirt, and close-toed shoes with good traction – tennis shoes or hiking boots are ideal. Bring a light jacket or sweater – the caverns are a constant 57-58 degrees year-round.
Can I take pictures in the caverns?
Yes. You can take pictures of everything except for the Native American Burials. We do ask you not to use a flash when photographing cave wildlife (like salamanders or crayfish), to avoid disturbing them.
Is Stark Caverns open on holiday?
Yes, except for Christmas and Thanksgiving.
How do I get to Stark Caverns?
Located in central Missouri, Stark Caverns is a very short drive on Highway 54 from the Lake of the Ozarks, just 7 minutes east of Bagnell Dam. Click here to create driving directions. Or call us at 573-369-3306.
Is parking free?
Can I make a Group Reservation?
Yes, please call 573-369-3306 and let us know the date your group would like to come and how many attendees you will be bringing. See the GROUPS & EVENTS page on our website for more details.
What attractions and lodging are nearby?
Stark Caverns is located just ten minutes away from Lake of the Ozarks – a hugely popular area for both locals and visitors. Within 30 minutes of visiting the caverns you have access to fishing, boating, zip-lining, fine dining, outlet shopping, antiquing, golf, tennis, spas, go karts and many other activities. There are luxurious resorts and lodges or family-friendly hotels and motels. There are also other great caves nearby for you dedicated spelunkers – Bridal Cave, Jacob’s Cave, and Ozark Caverns. Visit http://www.funlake.com/ for more local area information.