This is the attraction that spawned Silver Dollar City . This cave was originally called Marble Cave by its discoverers, who ... More
This is the attraction that spawned Silver Dollar City . This cave was originally called Marble Cave by its discoverers, who thought the incredible formations lining one wall were actually made of marble. But the name was changed to Marvel when that assumption was disproved. It is indeed a marvel. The entrance room is the largest cave entrance in the country. The cave is owned and operated by Silver Dollar City and the park entrance fee covers a guided tour of the depths. Touring the cave takes about 60 minutes and the trail descends more than 300 feet into the earth and requires maneuvering 600 stairs.
What made this cave so majestic was the huge waterfall. It is so unbelievable that beneath the surface where Silver Dollar City is there is a river of rushing water pouring over a gigantic waterfall. God is amazing! Plus there are parts of the cave that tie in to the story of Sheperd of the Hills
The sad part of the experience is the guide who repeats over and over and over that there are 600 steps and how treacherous the trek will be when it's not a total of 600 climbing steps but also includes walking steps that you take, and most of them are downhill. She guides you very slowly and there are three rest areas before you get to a train that takes you out and back to the entrance. I was disappointed in the guide's discouraging words I guess she was trying to CYA. Hers but it cost several people an awesome adventure. I am so glad that this 62 year old was brave enough to take the hour long walk through Marvel Cave. Its name is so appropriate, and it makes Silver Dollar City worth going to.
The history of the cave and elaborate interior! WOW! The Lantern Tour is a must as well as the regular tour. The small passageways are great! No other cave is quite like this one and the experience is definitely unique and breathtaking!!
The tour guides kind of over stress the fact about the 650 steps that you have to walk. The fact is 550 of them are down hill and the 100 you do have to walk up are spaced out throughout the tour and besides 100 steps is only like walking up 55 or 60 feet. Other than them scaring people off with that speech it was pretty good.
This is by far my favorite thing to do at Silver Dollar City. During the summer it is great to take the tour in the afternoon to escape from the Ozark�s heat. You travel 500 feet below the surface, but it doesn�t feel like it. Your guide stops frequently so you don�t feel rushed. When you get to the deepest spot you will be amazed. There is a giant waterfall flowing. A huge water source called the Lost River, up top in Silver Dollar City there is a ride named after this river. My guide told me that the water is traveling to Table Rock Lake about two miles away. I didn�t know this, but I found out that there is more water flowing underground than in the river and steams up on the surface. They also said because of Table Rock Damn the water table has risen and in the winter, January and February the Waterfall Room floods to the ceiling. Caves are truly amazing and you will enjoy this one. Ask questions, you will find out a lot of information if you do!
My parents went here when they were first married, so my husband and I visited the cave when we first got married. They no longer take your picture on the cement steps, with everyone else on the tour...now they take individual pictures of you down in the cave. The picture package has one 5X7 and some wallets and it costs about $20.00, let them take your picture even if you don't buy...there is no obligation to buy it, and it's neat to see your picture when the tour is done. And if you're thinking about taking your camera...take the flash off. But even with the flash off, it's really hard to get good pictures down here without professional cameras. They take tours out every 20 minutes, and you have to wait in a long line. But the long line is certainly worth the wait. it was a wonderful experience. I was a little sad to hear though, that they blocked a few of the old paths off, because they've discovered new endagered species in the cave. You certainly need to be in shape to go through this cave...and you have to be able to put up with a little body stench from the people infront of you. If you're not annoyed by the voice of the tour guide...stick close to her...you'll be able to hear much more information about the cave. Also! Wear shoes with nice traction on them....the steps are steep and slippery!
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