Hiking To This Aboveground Cave Near Kansas City Will Give You A Surreal Experience
Kansas City feels like a great place to make new friends, network, and get yourself out there. However, many of us aren’t taking trips out to local nature areas, instead preferring to stay home or just go to Swope Park. It’s true that Swope is huge, but sometimes you’ll find that you might have more fun exploring an area that’s not full of people. This aboveground cave and crumbling ruins is the perfect excuse to get out of the house, no matter the weather. Come check it out!
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Fun fact: Harry Truman’s grandfather once owned this property in the 1870s! The park area has changed hands several times since, and was finally donated to Jackson County in 1975. These days, the park is maintained by Cave Springs Association, with the help of several scout troops and the Raytown Garden Club.
For more information, as well as details about activities and volunteer opportunities, check out the Cave Springs Park website. Don’t miss out on visiting the interpretive center while you’re visiting! Here’s a handy map to help you get to this little natural oasis:
If you’re feeling the urge to get out there and explore our local nature, there’s a great discovery park that’s also perfect for a day out with family. If you’d rather just stay home for now and enjoy the scenery, you should join our Missouri Nature Lovers group on Facebook for beautiful outdoor photos from all across the state!
Born and raised Kansan, Clarisa has lived in both tiny towns and cities during her time here in the Sunflower State, mostly in the south central area. Clarisa is a stay-at-home mother of one crazy kid, three cats, and two reptiles, and has been writing anything and everything since she's held a pencil, though Kansas and fantasy novels take up most of her time.