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Seriously Need A Cave Trip Around Mountain View, Arkansas

Postby cavercrane97 » Oct 3, 2012 5:55 pm

I am going to be camping in Arkansas this weekend and seriously need a cave trip. If anyone lives close to Mountain View, please take me caving. I am desperate for a trip. Don't want a commercial wild cave tour either. I'm talking about a real cave trip!!!! :waving: :grin: :grin: :grin:
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Re: Seriously Need A Cave Trip Around Mountain View, Arkansa

Postby Jeff Bartlett » Oct 3, 2012 7:22 pm

Brandon, there aren't all that many cavers in Arkansas. Shoot me a PM and I will put you in touch with some folks out there who may or may not be up to something this weekend!
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Re: Seriously Need A Cave Trip Around Mountain View, Arkansa

Postby Mudduck » Oct 3, 2012 8:42 pm

Not sure how intense it is but the nps guys at Buffalo River do a few tours. These aren't commercial caves. There's also a cave or two that were open despite wns in the headwaters of the Buffalo. Can't remember names off hand. That info was last years last time we camped and kayaked their.
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Re: Seriously Need A Cave Trip Around Mountain View, Arkansa

Postby cavercrane97 » Oct 3, 2012 9:10 pm

I think the caves you are talking about are at Buffalo Point, northwest of Big Flat. They are on one of the nps sites as currently open. There are also the caves in Lost Valley in Boxley. I'm thinking about visiting 9-11 cave in Melbourne but need another person because my dad isn't comfortable with just him and me caving, although I think we would be fine.
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Re: Seriously Need A Cave Trip Around Mountain View, Arkansa

Postby Jeff Bartlett » Oct 3, 2012 9:54 pm

The cave at the end of the hiking trail in Lost Valley is commonly called "Eden Falls" cave. It's technically closed but people go all the time. Unfortunately, it's also about 200 feet long. There is a huge bluff shelter and a cool natural tunnel (relict karst feature) along the trail that are occasionally referred to as caves, but not if you're a caver. Nice hike, though. Very pretty waterfalls if you go the right time of the year, which is to say there won't be any waterfalls at all in October.
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Re: Seriously Need A Cave Trip Around Mountain View, Arkansa

Postby cavercrane97 » Oct 3, 2012 10:17 pm

I actually know where a few other caves are in that valley. Haven't had time to completely explore them though. Good potential, too, because they both sit in the prominent Ordivician-aged limestone that is in a band around the valley.
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Re: Seriously Need A Cave Trip Around Mountain View, Arkansa

Postby Mudduck » Oct 4, 2012 3:14 am

Like I said the my info probably needs updating. I spoke with the park service guy last time we camped under 65 bridge at Silver Hill. He mentioned a few that were open in spite of WNS. Give them a call or stopped by their office. They've always been extremely helpful.
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