Missouri is truly the cave state, with 5,550 registered and mapped "wild" caves. Camden, Miller and Morgan counties, which surround the Lake of the Ozarks, are home to 300 of these wild caves.
Show caves area"wild" caves that have been "tamed" through tremendous work and expense. Paved walkways, bridges and hand rails have been constructed, and lights have been installed for the convenience of viewing natures underground beauty with little effort and very safely. No special clothing or equipment necessary.
Want -to-be spelunkers can experience geology, hydrology and anthropology in these underground classrooms, where the temperature stays 50 to 60 degrees year round. So come and enjoy.
Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park
Centuries age, the Osage Indians discoveed the pristine beauty that lies beneath Thunder Mountain. Local folklore tells of the legendary Indian Wedding ceremony held in the cave in the early 1800's. Today, this magnificent natural wonderland is called Bridal Cave.
Located North of Camdenton, Missouri on Hwy 5 or on the Lake at the 10.5mm on the Big Niangua Arm, this underground beauty is open year round.
2013 Hours and Rates
January 2 - February 29 9 am to LAST TOUR 4 pm
March 1 - June 14 9 am to LAST TOUR 5 pm
June 15th - August 14 9 am to LAST TOUR 6 pm
August 15 - October 31 9 am to LAST TOUR 5 pm
November 1 - December 31 9 am to LAST TOUR 4 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, & New Years Day
Adults (ages 13 and up) -$16.00
Children (ages 5 through 12) -$8.00
Adults (ages 13 and up)- $12.00
Children (ages 5 through 12) -$6.00
*For organized nonprofit groups of 15 or more paying admissions. Driver and escort are complimentary. Reservations are required to receive group rates. All group rate tickets MUST BE PURCHASED COLLECTIVELY.
**The Discovery Tour - Two Hour Educational ProgramAdults (ages 13 and up) $14.00Children (ages 5 through 12) $7.00
**The Discovery Tour includes: Bridal Cave, Thunder Mountain Nature Trail, and a flashlight tour of Bear Cave, souvenir flashlight included. Reservations are required to schedule the program.
**For organized nonprofit groups of 15 or more paying admissions. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED COLLECTIVELY.
*** All other groups receive a 25% discount off general admission with a minimum of 15 paying admissions. Discount not available on the Discovery Tour.
Bridal Cave Wedding Chapel
Over 2275 weddings have been performed inside Bridal Cave's beautiful stalactite adorned Bridal Chapel or in the Pavillion overlooking Lake of the Ozarks. Weddings can be performed daily year round. For more information on wedding ceremonies at the cave, please contact the Wedding Reservations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573-346-2676.
Thunder Mountain Park Facilities
The park facilities include: The Ozark's largest lakeside Gift Shop, Lakeside viewing decks, nature trails, picnic areas, public boat dock, observation tower, snack center, and Thunder Mountain Mining Company, a unique rock and mineral shop specializing in rocks, minerals, gemstones and educational materials for rock hounds of all ages. Gemstone mining where you pan for semi precious minerals and get to keep all the treasurers you find.Park LocationThunder Mountain park is located right on the shoreline of Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozark's.By Car: Two miles North of Camdenton, Missouri on State Highway number Five.By Boat: On the 10 1/2 mile marker of the Big Niangua arm of Lake of the Ozarks. Hours and rates are subject to change without notice.
Jacob's Cave was the first commercialized cave in the Lake of the Ozarks area and was opened for tourists in 1932. At that time wooden planks were used for walkways and kerosene lanterns for light. Evidence of six ice ages and three earthquakes can be seen in the cave. The temperature remains a constant 53 degrees inside the cave.
Located between Versailles and Gravios Mills off Missouri Hwy 5, on State road TT, is the largest cave in the Lake area and is the only walk through cave in Missouri that is completely accessible to persons with disabilities. Baby strollers and wheel chairs are available for those who need them.
Hours: Memorial Day -Labor Day: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Off Season: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.