May 21, 2019

Contact: Amy Poos

Onondaga Cave State Park offers off-trail cave trips of Cathedral Cave

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 21, 2019 – Take advantage of a limited opportunity to explore the far reaches of Cathedral Cave at Onondaga Cave State Park. Join an experienced naturalist from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 8, as he guides you off trail on a wild adventure of the Cathedral Cave’s lower passage leading to its natural entrance situated just above the Meramec River. You will discover that there is more than meets the eye when you traverse nearly a mile of additional passage not normally seen on a regular lantern tour of the cave.

This tour is limited to 15 participants. There is a fee for the tour, and payment can be made online at All proceeds benefit the Onondaga Friends Association a non-profit organization enhancing interpretive services at the park.

Conditions in the cave include limited lighting, concrete walkways, metal handrails, cool temperature (57 degrees F) and high humidity (nearing 100%). Participants are encouraged to dress in layers of warm clothing and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes or boots.

Additional tours will be held July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14.

To request a registration form, receive more information about equipment requirements, or get general information about the tours, contact the park at 573-522-3760. Onondaga Cave State Park is located 7 miles southeast of the Leasburg exit off of Interstate 44 on Highway H. For more information about the park and other events, contact the park at 573-245-6576.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit the web at Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.