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Northwest Arkansas: Swimming Hole Hike and Cavern

  • Blanchard Spring Cavern United States (map)
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Explore a new area and cool off in the summer heat!  Join us for the perfect adventure to keep you cool in the outdoors with both swimming and touring a cave!  Today we will hike, swim, and explore an awesome cave!

We will start our adventure at Mirror Lake trailhead and we will hike around 2 miles with 120 ft elevation gain.  This hike leads us deep into the woods and to the area that Blanchard Springs spills out of the cave. We will then follow the trail down to the water, where on a hot summer day, the cool cave air rushes over you almost like air conditioning.  Mirror lake is a beautiful deep turquoise due to mineral deposits from the nearby springs and caves. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout, adding the the complete picturesque setting in the Ozarks.

After our hike, we will refresh at a swimming hole, an awesome area surrounded with natural rocks. Then we will visit Blanchard Spring caverns, where we will be able to beat the hot summer weather! We will take a tour through the caves that wind through water-carved passages, including an underground river and the world’s largest flowstone.


INCLUDES: TRANSPORTATION, CAVERN TOUR AND EXPERT GUIDE

DOES NOT INCLUDE: GUIDE’S TIPS

*GROUP/FAMILY RATES AVAILABLE

AGE REQUIREMENT: 8+


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This day consists of simple 1.5 mile hike. Slow and steady we will explore a new favorite in the Ozarks.

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Relax after this exciting day exploring in the Ozarks. See all that our region has to offer, hiking, swimming holes, and caverns.

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Return happy after seeing one of the Ozarks hidden gems.


PICKUP LOCATIONS

  • BENTONVILLE: Bike Rack Brewing Company (801 SE 8th St #61, Bentonville, AR 72712) PICK UP TIME: 7:30 AM

  • SPRINGDALE: Bike Rack Brewing Company (205 E Johnson Ave, Springdale, AR 72764) PICK UP TIME: 8:05 AM

PERFECT FOR

  • Families wanting a fun day in nature.

  • First Time Hikers up for a challenge.

  • Fit Adventurers looking for a relaxing day in nature.

PACKING LIST

WHAT TO WEAR?

  • Athletic clothing.

  • Hiking boots / shoes

  • Hat

  • Sunscreen / Bug repellent

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Swimsuit (there will be a place for you to change) and towel.

  • Backpack

  • Water, snacks, and lunch for the day.

  • Camera (optional)

  • Hiking poles (optional)


SCHEDULE

  • Meet at 7:30 at Bike Rack Brewing Company. (8:05 if you are leaving from Springdale)

  • Drive 3.5 hours to Blanchard Spring Caverns.

  • Hike 1.6 miles to Mirror Lake and the refresh at a beautiful swimming hole.

  • Be amazed by the rock formations at the caverns.

  • Drive back and arrive to Bentonville around 7:00 pm ( 6:25 to Springdale am)

Earlier Event: June 2
Hike, SUP & Winery
Later Event: June 8
Hike & Lavender Farm