We visited Mark Twain cave. We would have liked to also visit Cameron Cave, but it has a limited operating schedule due to hibernating bats. Mark Twain cave itself is a little different from other caves I have visited. If you just look at a map of it, it looks almost as if it were man made via some type of mining operation as there are passages throughout the cave in a almost grid-like pattern. However, once you get in the cave, it is obviously completely natural. The guide was quite young, but very knowledgeable about the history of the cave. One very unique feature of this cave is that since it is one of missouri's oldest show caves, there is a tremendous amount of "graffiti" on the walls, mostly in the form of signatures. Up until about 1972, visitors were encouraged to leave their signature somewhere in the cave but in about 1972, the cave became federally protected so it became a pretty significant crime to mark on the walls. The cave seemed to be very dry with very little water and only a couple cave formations. My guess is that the signatures have survived through all the years because of the very dry nature of the cave. The tour guide ties in various elements of the Tom Sawyer story at points throughout the tour. My only real complaint is that I think they include too many people on a single tour. Most passages are smallish and allow you to be lined up single file at most points along the tour. We could hear the guide fine, but we were towards the end of the line most of the time and while we could hear him fine, if he pointed out something with his flashlight, we were unable to see what he was pointing at. As far as price goes, it was typical for a show cave tour. If you are interested in "all things Mark Twain" and you find yourself in the area, it is worth a visit.
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