Four-State Staycation: Bluff Dwellers Cave

NOEL, Mo. – In the Ozarks there’s plenty natural beauty go around both above ground… and below. The next Four-State Staycation Destination takes us to Bluff Dwellers Cave in McDonald County, Missouri.

Bluff Dwellers Cave is show cave located just south Noel, Missouri. It was discovered and explored. in 1925 by Arthur Browning. It would later open to the public for tours in 1927 and has remained open ever since.

Arthur Browning was not the first man to step foot in the cave, ancient Archaic-aged Native Americans used the cave and others in the Ozark region as shelter. These ancient people were known as  “Bluff Dwellers” by many of the early archaeologists of the area, and thus the name of Bluff Dwellers Cave was born.

Alongside tours, visitors can go gem panning or visit the Browning Museum which has a variety of rocks, mineral, fossils and other exhibits.

Bluff Dwellers Cave is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from March through October. From November through February, it’s open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission costs $20 for 12 and older and $10 for ages 11 to 10. Kids aged three and younger can enter free of charge. Currently facial coverings are required. You find more information at