War Eagle Cavern – Passages Below
War Eagle Cavern – Passages Below
War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake is truly one of nature’s most amazing wonders. Although the cavern was not open to visitors or residents of the Ozark Mountains until 1978, the real beginning of this natural attraction can be traced back over 250 million years ago. This secluded site located midway between Rogers, Arkansas and Eureka Springs, Arkansas was once used by the Indians of this area long before the settlers arrived. As history tells it moonshiners once used this cavern back in the day, taking advantage of the clean water stream and the privacy of War Eagle Cavern’s location to promote their business. Today this extraordinary attraction has been left as close to its original form as possible. This privately owned, family-friendly attraction provides explorers of all ages the opportunity to take a step back in time and explore this beautiful cavern and its surroundings. In this unique passage below the Earth’s surface visitors will be treated to a vast array of beautiful formations, fossils and waterfalls. The spectacular natural entrance to War Eagle Cavern is just the beginning of the adventure. As the tour makes its way down the wide walkways, past the underground stream they are entertained by the courteous, knowledgeable guides who provide the story of the cavern each with their own “personal touch”.
For those explorers who have visited War Eagle Cavern in the past , they will remember that at a certain point in the tour the remainder of the cavern became unreachable. However thanks to a massive construction in 2013, 300 tons of rock was blasted and removed from about one-half mile inside War Eagle Cavern thus doubling the size of the rimstone dam waterfall room and changed what was only a crawlway to a 7-ft. high hallway leading to a “Mirror Lake” and view of numerous passageways beyond. During this excavation process several veins of Arkansas Quartz Crystal were blasted into creating an incredible sparkling effect along the walls of the passageway. So no matter how many times visitors come to this hidden gem of nature there is always something new to be discovered.
War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake offers two types of tours for our visitors. The regular tour guided tour is approximately one hour long. The passageways are stroller friendly and partially handicap accessible. This tour does not require special reservations and is a leisurely stroll through some of the most breath-taking scenery found in this part of Ozark country. The comfortable 58 degree temperature makes this adventure appealing to almost every kind of adventurer.
For those explorers who wish to spend more time in the cavern than the guided tour provides the Spelunker Tour is the perfect answer. This specialized adventure is for the hearty cavern-explorer who is not afraid to get wet and dirty while spending a few hours going beyond where the regular tour ends. This mildly strenuous adventure will take you to places in War Eagle Cavern that is not seen by most of the visitors. Reservations are needed in advance for this specialized tour and are available after July 5th. This is a must attraction for the serious cavern explorer in your group!
One of the most fascinating experiences visitors will have during the time spent in the Passages Below are the vast colonies of bats. War Eagle Cavern is home to one of the largest colonies of pipestrille and gray bats in North America. They are a very important of the cavern life and every effort is made to keep them safe and maintain an environment that allows them to live a safe and healthy existence. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open wide during your tour of War Eagle Cavern so that you will not miss an opportunity to “meet a bat!”