Bridal Cave

Bear Cave - Thunder Mountain Park


Useful Information

Location: North of Camdenton, Missouri on Highway 5, Lake Road 5-88. Accessible also by boat on the Lake of the Ozark's.
Open: DEC to FEB daily 9-16.
MAR to MAY daily 9-17.
JUN to AUG daily 9-18.
SEP to NOV daily 9-17.
[2010]
Fee: Adults USD 15, Children (5-12) USD 7.
Groups (15+): Adults USD 10, Children (5-12) USD 5.
Discovery Tour: Groups only (15+) Adults USD 10, Children (5-12) USD 5.
[2010]
Classification:  Karst cave.
Light: electric
Dimension: T=16°C.
Guided tours: D=60min. Discovery Tour: D=120min.
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Address: Bridal Cave, 526 Bridal cave rd, Camdenton, MO 65020, Tel. +1-573-346-2676, E-mail: contact
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History

 
1948cave opened to the public.

Description

Local Folklore tells of the legendary Indian Wedding ceremony held in the cave in the early 1800's. This is the origin of the name Bridal Cave. Today Bridal Cave holds the world record of over 1760 underground weddings.

Bridal Cave is located at the shore of the artificial Lake Ozark and has its own Jetty. It is possible to reach the cave either on road or by boat from Camdenton.

We read: "Bridal Cave contains more onyx formations per square foot than any other show cave". A pretty typical comment for the area, but actually only of historic interest. What was named cave onyx is simply calcite, the typical formations of caves like stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone. And while this cave offers an abundance of speleothems, we actually doubt there is any way to make such a hotlist and if it was, there are lots of other candidates for the top ten. So actually this is advertising, and typical for the Ozarks and the time in which many of the show caves were created. It was one of seven show caves opened in the 1940s and only two including Bridal Cave are still open. So there was a hard competition between the caves and marketing phrases became obviously somewhat hectic.

Nearby Bear Cave (also Neongwah Bear Cave) is not developed and used for wild tours, so called Discovery Tours or Lantern Tours. The tours are made with lanterns and are less spelunking and more educational and historic tours.


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