Attractions March 28, 2017
9 Incredible Places You’ll Find Hiding Underground In Arkansas
Arkansas is full of hidden gems:
Literal hidden gems. Figurative hidden gems. Small restaurants hiding in neighborhoods. Below you’ll find nine more things hiding in Arkansas, except these things are all hiding underground. From caves to restaurants to just about the coolest place to stay in the entire world, you’re going to love these nine places in the Natural State.
Please note, Blanchard Springs Caverns is temporarily closed.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Blanchard Springs Caverns
Blanchard Springs Caverns is such an incredibly impressive place that all you really need to do to know you need to go there is look at a picture. They offer three different trail options that guide you through the exquisite caverns, and you’ll be in awe no matter which you choose. To find Blanchard Springs Caverns, drive 15 miles northwest of Mountain View off Arkansas 14.
2. Mud Street Cafe (Eureka Springs)
Mud Street Cafe used to be at street level, but Eureka Springs has changed a bit since 1888, so now it’s located in a basement. Folks love the awesome food there, especially the breakfast and lattes, but that underground charm sure adds to its appeal. The Mud Street Cafe is located at 22 South Main Street # G in Eureka Springs.
3. Glory Hole Falls
Underground waterfall? Yes, please. Glory Hole is one of the most exceptional waterfalls in the Natural State. The water literally drilled down through a stone shelf to make just about the coolest looking place you’ve ever seen. Glory Hole Falls is located in the Ozark National Forest, near the community of Ozone.
4. The Lakes of Cosmic Cavern
Cosmic Cavern is incredible all on its own, of course. The formations are stunning, and it’s an absolutely gorgeous show cave you shouldn’t miss. But! Did y’all know there are two bottomless lakes, North Lake and South Lake, hiding in Cosmic Cavern? Well, you know now, and that means you need to go see them ASAP. Cosmic Cavern is located at 6386 Highway 21 North in Berryville.
5. Beckham Creek Cave Lodge
The Beckham Creek Cave Lodge offers an experience unlike anything else in the world. It allows you to enjoy the incredible beauty of the Ozarks, and then come inside to relax in a cave. When they say "cave lodge," that’s exactly what they mean. Beckham Creek Cave Lodge is a cave that has been outfitted as a stunning, modern lodge. For more information, you should
visit their website.
6. Hugo’s (Fayetteville)
Serving up freshly made award-winning burgers and local brews in just about the coolest looking basement you’ve ever seen, Hugo’s has been a favorite of Fayetteville locals for about a million years. Okay, only since 1977, but still! Look at all that staying power and fabulous atmosphere! Hugo’s is located at 25 North Block Avenue in Fayetteville.
7. Mystic Caverns & Crystal Dome
If you’re looking for a place with both a pipe organ and a crystal dome, I know where you can find such an unlikely place. Near Harrison, you’ll find two show caves with entrances just 400 feet apart. When I say "show caves," you should know that these are absolutely showstopping caves. They’re gorgeous, and you’re going to love them. Did I mention Crystal Dome is eight stories tall? Well, it is, and you can find it at 341 Caverns Drive in Harrison.
8. Weinkeller Restaurant (Altus)
The spot where adorable and absolutely delicious Weinkeller Restaurant sits was not always underground. That’s because it’s located on what used to be a hand dug wine cellar. Confused a bit? Don’t be. Weinkeller sits right in the middle of Weiderkehr Wine Cellars, right in the heart of Arkansas wine country. Weinkeller serves European food with flare, and you best believe they’ve got your back when it comes to choosing a wine pairing. Weinkeller Restaurant is located at 3324 Swiss Family Drive in Wiederkehr Village.
Old Spanish Treasure Cave has an elaborate legend surrounding it, and like all good legends, it’s got just enough hard evidence to keep it viable. People have been searching for treasure hidden by Hernando DeSoto’s men for well over a hundred years. But even if you don’t believe in the treasure, a great time awaits you at 14290 North Highway 59 in Sulphur Springs, in the Old Spanish Treasure Cave.
For an attraction you have to see to believe right near Blanchard Springs Caverns,
click here. You’re also going to love reading the story of the Old Spanish Treasure Cave.