Talking Rocks Cavern
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Talking Rocks Cavern (originally called Fairy Cave) is a cavern system located in Stone County, just west of Reeds Spring in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is privately operated by Herschend Family Entertainment as a tourist attraction.
Guided cave tours are offered at regular intervals. The visitors are led down a series of platforms and steps eventually to the floor of the cave. There are 265 steps, 150 down and 115 out. Features include 'curtain' and the 'bacon' formations. The tour also includes a light and sound show.
The bottom of the caves routinely floods during heavy rains. Water seeps in from the surface level and the cave acts as a drainage system which empties into the river below. The electrical wiring for this portion of the cave conforms to underwater standards to accommodate the flooding. Flooding shortens but does not eliminate tours.
The caverns have very few lifeforms typical to caverns because the cave's single entrance was sealed following its discovery. The mouth of the cave is enclosed within a gift shop.
- "Our Properties". Herschend Family Entertainment. Retrieved 21 August 2012.