The entire 186.6 acre property would be
perfect for an adventure camp, church camp,
cabin rentals, golf course, zip line or theme
park. Or it could just be used as a private
residence. With the extensive cave that has
its own water supply, this would be the
perfect Prepper property.
Mountains form the southwestern part of the
Ozark Plateau where this cave is. This scenic
mountain range is the highest and most rugged
portion of the Ozarks. Summits can reach
elevations of just over 2,560 feet with valleys
500 to 1,500 feet deep.
elevation on the 186 acres is about 1,340 ft.
and the lowest elevation will be about 1,020 ft.
The cave is 58 degrees
Two long passages are used for wild cave tours:
The East Passage has stunning,
and starts with a boat ride on the underground river.
The North Passage takes you on an archaeological
adventure into the Great Maze, through short-faced bear
beds, past bear claw marks on the walls, and to the pit
where the skeleton of a saber-toothed tiger was found.
Ice age mammal skeletons (Smilodon,
short-faced bear & Saber Tooth tiger) found in the cave.
Numerous Native American
artifacts have been found in and near the cave.
The skeleton of a 15-year old boy, dated about
8,000 years old, was found deep in the cave.
This famous cave has been
featured in numerous magazines, on tourism
websites, and even in the DeLorme Arkansas
The park area is well landscaped
and features several ponds, 2 bridges, numerous picnic tables, and a picnic
shelter. The ponds are usually kept full year
round by the stream flowing from the cave. The
entire park area is remarkably peaceful and
The property has a large parking lot and a
building that operated for years as a gift shop
downstairs and living quarters upstairs. The building is
structurally sound but needs work to repair
damage from an electrical fire.
Remodeling and repair work has been started on
the interior. The living quarters could definitely be
converted into a guest house or B&B. There were
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and living
room upstairs, so one could house at least 4
people there comfortably. And probably 2 more
downstairs if it was remodeled.
As just an estimate, it might take $100,000 to
finish it if you did the work yourself. Needs
a new roof, siding and a few more windows. The
large windows are all new.
Municipal Electricity on-site
(building rewiring is 10% done), and the
plumbing is 95% intact.
The water source for the building and grounds
is a well. No municipal water. Depth
of well and gpm unknown but it is
a good one. All new well controls
have been installed.
There is potential for a
geothermal system to be installed for the
There is a small natural opening in the cliff
below the building that vents warm air in the
winter, obviously tied into the cave system
The property is not in or by a national forest.
186.6 acres is all wooded. Timbered about
25 years ago
As far as I know, Searcy county does not have
zoning, nor am I aware of building/development
The road needs repair. We’ve been filling
potholes. The final 1/2 mile to the cave is in
fair condition. If the road was to be converted
to gravel then the county would maintain it,
assuming you did it to meet their specs.
The property has not been surveyed. No
planning work has been done that I know of.
Basically it is waiting for someone with the
vision to develop a comprehensive plan.
present. The septic system is operational and
was inspected in 2015 with no deficiencies
noted; a permit was not required when installed
There is another pond below the
zinc mine area that would make an excellent site
for cabins. The property is perfect
for rock climbing and hiking, and has enough
acres to be developed into an adventure park
or camp. A zip-line could be installed. There is
also an overlook that offers a fantastic
view over the Ozark hills.
Ownership of the 2-mile road from the parking
lot to a state highway, the large billboard on
stone foundations by the highway and
another billboard are also included with the
Legend has it that the Jesse
James/Cole Younger gang hid out in the cave. A
branch of the Younger family owned the
cave at one time.
Above the walkway in the lighted
portion of the cave, there is a section with an
alternate passage that is fun to explore!
A bat survey was conducted in
2016 and 84 tricolor bats were found with no
evidence of White Nose Syndrome.
During the past 2 years, a huge
effort has been made to improve the cave and surrounding area. The cave
electrical system has received a complete
upgrade: new breaker boxes and junction boxes, new
waterfall and water well controls, new
electrical outlets and many new sockets, approximately
120 new LED bulbs, new wiring where needed and
expanded lighting of the Big Room.
Approximately 400 feet of
walkway over the stream in the cave has been
redone. Old, rotten boards have been removed
and Bearboard has been installed (won’t rot, is
mold-proof, and should last 50 years). The
bridge to the Big Room now has new decking and
railings. Bearboard treads have been installed on
the stairs to the Balcony Room. Repair work is
being done on the railings by the cave
New cedar fence boards have been
installed by the parking lot entrance.
The landscaping has been greatly
improved by the services of a professional
Potential Uses of the Property:
The property has not been opened
to the public for 2 years as a show cave but
with a little work to the building this
could easily be done. A small museum could be
built or incorporated into the existing
building to highlight Ice Age mammals, Native
American culture, history of the region, cave
formations, etc. The location is excellent for a
Bed & Breakfast.
Items to be included with the
property when sold:
Some geodes, display cases,
benches and other building contents, including refrigerators, air conditioners,
in-line water heater, water softener, etc. All
mineral rights possessed by the current owner
will also transfer.
Sale price — Please Inquire.
$5,000 earnest money required.
Property to be viewed by
appointment only; absolutely no trespassing.
Prospective buyers will be allowed access
only to the lighted portion of the cave. See
wild caving passages.
Serious enquiries by qualified