Blanchard Springs, AR
July trip, Swimming & Spelunking
Even if your family is anything like mine and loves Heber Springs just as much as the next Memphian, I’m back in town to tell you…it’s time for a change.
We left the boating and innter tubing behind a few weeks ago & spent a day swimming in the little river between Blanchard Spring and Gunner Pool.
The water is crystal clear. Even the shallowest part in this photo is about a foot deep!
This is Blanchard Spring, whose water feeds the swimmable river.
…but a word about the water…
It is swimmable…it is NOT potable!
Just on the other side of that waterfall is a cave
…a cave full of bats!
The National Forest Service tells me I don’t want to drink bat debris, and I’ll take their word for it, but more about the bats later…
Be sure to bring waterproof shoes!
If you’re lucky, you can see little fish and huge tadpoles.
After swimming & hiking, you can even cool off with the bats.
Well, actually you probably won’t see the bats (thank goodness), but it is perpetually a pleasant 58 degrees in the Blanchard Springs Caverns.
The network of lights & pathways through on the Dripstone Trail is truly impressive, and even though I just don’t feel comfortable taking a tour that combines the words “wild” and “cave,” the Wild Cave Tour (without theater lights & meandering pathways) also sounds really fascinating.
So, those are some of the high points from Blanchard Springs!
With Fourth of July only a few weeks away, I just wanted to share with you a new place to celebrate with a short adventure.
Hope you’re having a truly wonderful weekend,