Missouri August 22, 2020
Take This Unforgettable Road Trip To Experience Some Of Missouri’s Most Impressive Caves And Waterfalls
We all love a good road trip. Rolling down the windows. Turning up our favorite music. Enjoying the open road, particularly perfect when there aren’t many others on the road. The following road trip pairs two breathtaking natural wonders – caves and waterfalls. Follow the road trip to Missouri’s caves and waterfalls, which will take you to some of the most impressive natural wonders in the state.
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If you're up for a leisurely road trip, you'll probably love this journey that will take you more than 550 miles in just about 11 hours. You'll visit some of the most well-known and most impressive caves and waterfalls in Missouri. Off we go!
1. Marvel Cave – Branson
You get two for one – a cave
a waterfall at Marvel Cave in Branson. Known as the deepest cave in Missouri, Marvel Cave measures 505 feet deep. You can join a guided tour of the cave, which features a waterfall illuminated in different colors, but you must be physically fit. The tour includes climbing hundreds of stairs, but the rewards are certainly worth it.
Please note that Marvel Cave is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Check before you hit the road to see if it has re-opened. Find the official website of
2. Rocky Falls – Winona Township
If you're starting this road trip with Marvel Cave still temporarily closed, begin your journey at Rocky Falls. (Visiting in the warmer months? Don't forget your bathing suit!) To reach the waterfall, you'll have to follow the short .01-mile Rocky Falls Shut-Ins Trail. The waterfall is a popular swimming hole in the summer, although it's beautiful to visit any time of the year.
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from the National Park Service.
3. Mina Sauk Falls – Acadia Township
Our next stop takes us to Mina Sauk Falls, the tallest waterfall in Missouri at 132 feet. To reach the mountain tucked in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, you'll head out on the three-mile Mina Sauk Falls Trail. The predominately shaded trail is dotted with babbling brooks and some rocky terrain. For the most beautiful views of Mina Sauk Falls, visit after a recent rainfall. Check out the official website of
Taum Mountain State Park.
4. Fisher Cave – Sullivan
Join a guided tour of Fisher Cave in Meramec State Park. The breathtaking cave features everything from bear claws molded in the cave's wall to columns that tower 30 feet above the ground. (The cave is currently temporarily closed, so check before you go to see if it has opened.) Visit the official website of
5. Bridal Cave – Camdenton
You might want to bring a sweater or a jacket for your visits to the caves on this road trip, as most maintain a temperature that hovers around 60 degrees Fahrenheit all year long. Join a one-hour guided tour of Bridal Cave, where you'll get a close up look at the cave that also offers evening lantern tours. Stop by the official website of
6. Fantastic Caverns – Springfield
Our final cave stop takes us to Fantastic Caverns, which bills itself as "America's Ride Thru-Cave." The guided tour features a Jeep-drawn tram, so you won't have to worry about getting tired from walking. During the nearly one-hour tour, you'll see giant columns and intricate natural formations. Learn more about
7. Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden – Springfield
Our final stop brings us to a place that offers tranquility and natural beauty. Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden also features a cascading waterfall. Plan to spend at least a few hours exploring the lush garden that features foot bridges, stepping stones, and ponds. Check out the official website of
Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.
What other of Missouri’s caves and waterfalls would you add to this road trip? Let us know in the comments! For another fun road trip, set off on the
winery and waterfalls road in Missouri. Address: Marvel Cave, Ruth C Township, MO 65737, USA Address: Rocky Falls, Winona Township, MO 65588, USA Address: Mina Sauk Falls, Arcadia Township, MO 63650, USA Address: Meramec State Park, Sullivan, MO 63080, USA Address: Bridal Cave Rd, Camdenton, MO 65020, USA Address: 4872 N Farm Rd 125, Springfield, MO 65803, USA Address: 2400 S Scenic Ave, Springfield, MO 65807, USA