Bull Shoals Caverns, Bull Shoals

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Bull Shoals Caverns is a limestone cavern located in Bull Shoals, Arkansas. The caverns were created approximately 350 million years ago, during the Ordovician period and were carved out by water method. The caverns were formed by water seeping into the cracks of the rocks, gradually enlarging the cracks and dissolving the surrounding rocks. There is an underground river that flows through the caverns.Bull Shoals Caverns has been open since 1958.History Human dwelling was first documented starting 300 B.C. via carbon dating. The first Native Americans to use this cave were the Cliff Walkers which have been inhabiting caves for 10,000 years throughout Central North America as well as other tribes. Early settlers in the late 1800s to early 1900’s would use utilize the caverns as a well cooler aka (refrigerator). During the American Civil War, Confederate soldiers use the cavern for harvesting saltpeter. In the early to middle 1900s, moonshiners utilized the cavern as a hideout for their stills during Prohibition. Due to a lack of good roads, moonshiners were not bothered by “Revenuers”. During World War II, Bull Shoals Caverns was used for refrigeration by the surrounding neighbors for whiskey and food storage.
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  • We went there last week and had a blast! We took our 12 year old grandson who thoroughly loved it. There was so much to see! There were so many beautiful formations. Our tour guide was terrific; very ...  more »
  • Pretty decent caverns. A little short compared to some I've been to. The guide was knowledgeable and a little entertaining. If you've never been to any caverns, I'd at least try it out. Last but not l...  more »
  • I had not visited Bull Shoals Caverns in approximately 30 years and visited with my 7-year-olds in July 2017. Bull Shoals Caverns and Mountain Village 1890 are part of the same attraction off the main...  more »
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  • This place was absolutely delightful! I took my kids (5 and 6) and the tour guide answered all their questions and made jokes with them. Very family friendly experience! And even with the gloomy weather, the village had such charm and appeal. I will be visiting again.
  • It was a small cave but it was very interesting keep all our kids involved they never lost interest.
  • Interesting cave tour! Guide was knowledgeable, answered all questions, took some pictures for our group! Very enjoyable tour!
  • Loved it.. learned alot about caves too.
  • My husband and I love this place. We stop by any time we're in the area.
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