Cave Springs Cave is basically a long "solution channel" formed by a groundwater-fed stream. The stream is considered to be an outstanding example of an Ozark Mountains cave stream and hosts the largest known population of the rare Ozark cavefish. The cave has also harbored a summer maternity colony of gray bats. Ozark trillium, a rare plant species, also occurs on the natural area.
Length- 1.45 miles roundtrip
Difficulty- Easy to Moderate; not ADA accessible
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There are two main loop trails, the lower loop parellels the shoreline of Partners Lake and passes by Cave Springs Cave. The upper loop has a steep but
short climb to the woodlands above the cave opening and offers scenic views of Partners Lake. Several native trees are identified along the trails.
Parking is available at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership Sanctuary.
From State Highway 112/264 Junction on the south side of the town of Cave Springs, proceed north about 0.25 mile to Midway Avenue. Turn right (east) and travel 0.25 mile to the northwest corner of the natural area. Park along roadside.
Hunting is prohibited on this natural area.