Learn About the Cave of the Mounds

Discover the Driftless Area at the Cave of the Mounds

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Something Old Below Ground

Over millions of years ago, deep under the ground, our cave began to form.

Water gradually dissolved the rock to create the cavity we know as the cave.

Today water drips into the cave bringing with it dissolved crystals that fuse together to form intricate and varied shapes.

While in the cave you will pass a variety of colorful cave formations.

Our guides will point out important features of our cave and answer questions

about the history and science of our beautiful cave.

Something New Above Ground

Your experience at Cave of the Mounds doesn’t stop with the cave tour.

While on our park grounds, you will find many activities fun for all ages.

Our Rock Shop contains hundreds of unique rocks, fossils, and gemstones from all over the world.

Try out our Gem Mining Sluice and fill your pockets with treasure too!

Walk along our nature trails through our perennial gardens and woodland restoration.

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