Caving

Caving can be a great way to explore Missouri’s underground habitats and wildlife. Unfortunately, white-nose syndrome, a cave-bat-killing disease, has appeared in our state. To help cavers avoid spreading this disease, which does not affect humans, we restrict access to caves on conservation lands. There are still Missouri caves that are open to the public, and you’re welcome to visit them. Use this section to find accessible Missouri caves, as well as info on cave formation, cave-dependent wildlife, Missouri cave regulations and caving groups.

A Guide to Missouri's Cave Life

Get to know the seventy cave species brought to light in this 40-page booklet.

White-Nose Syndrome in Missouri

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a disease that kills cave-dwelling bats. Learn Missouri's plan for controlling WNS, which does not affect humans. Please stay out of conservation-area caves until further notice.