The History of Bridal Cave

Are you aware of the rich history surrounding Bridal Cave? In our newest blog we want to discuss the legends, the facts, and the process of our tours and how you can immerse yourself in Bridal Cave and get a new perspective on this beautiful landmark! Bridal Cave is beautiful by itself, but once you add in the backstory, you will find that even if you have been before, the history makes your next visit to the most scenic cave tour in America a completely new experience! 

Read more below to discover all you need to know about the history of Bridal Cave!

The Legend of Bridal Cave

Centuries before the paleface found his way into the Ozark Mountains, this vicinity was inhabited by the Osage Native Americans. Within the Osage tribe many smaller tribes were formed.

Centuries ago, the Osage Native Americans discovered the pristine beauty that lies beneath Thunder Mountain. Local folklore tells of a legendary Native American wedding ceremony held in the cave in the early 1800s.

Word spread fast among the pioneering settlers of this wondrous cavern. After decades of primitive exploration, this astounding natural treasure was officially protected in 1948 for generations to come. Ongoing exploration of this massive cavern recently uncovered chambers of incomparable beauty including the crystal-clear waters of Mystery Lake. Two years of painstaking development were needed to reveal the once rumored passages. Now visitors can experience the intriguing marvel that only a handful have seen.

Bridal Cave Today


Today this magnificent natural wonderland is called Bridal Cave. And, in keeping with the tradition of the Native American legend, the Cave can be reserved for a romantic wedding chapel! Over 3,000 couples from around the world have exchanged vows in the stalactite adorned Bridal Chapel. 

The Chapel is available by Reservation, which can be made on the Bridal Cave website! If you are looking for a unique, gorgeous experience for your wedding, Bridal Cave is truly a place of wonder and magic! The perfect place to enjoy the happiest day of your life. 

Plus, we offer a wide selection of different vendors that we think would be perfect for your wedding! Photography, florist, hotels, reception halls, etc. 

To make your reservation for your wedding, please visit our website and fill out the appropriate form on our webpage, 

Guided Tours

Guided tours leave every few minutes and last approximately one hour. Tours are conducted over concrete pathways through the Cave’s refreshing 60 degree environment. Park interpreters will lead you and your family through room after room of incredible mineral deposits. Giant columns, delicate soda straws and massive draperies abound throughout the cave. Millions of years of struggle between water and rock have created this cavern with more onyx formations than any other known cave or cavern. In fact thousands of school children each year explore Bridal Cave as part of their educational program. A tour through Bridal Cave is a family adventure you will never forget.

Park Facilities

The park facilities include: The Ozark’s largest lakeside Gift Shop, Lakeside viewing decks, nature trails, picnic areas, public boat dock, observation tower, snack center, and Thunder Mountain Mining Company, a unique rock and mineral shop specializing in rocks, minerals, gemstones and educational materials for rock hounds of all ages. Gemstone mining where you pan for semi precious minerals and get to keep all the treasurers you find.

Bridal Cave has so much to offer, and now that you know the history behind it, you can enjoy it for all that it is! 
To schedule your next amazing cave tour in Camdenton, Missouri, feel free to reserve your spot on our website,! We look forward to seeing you! 

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526 Bridal Cave Road
Camdenton, MO 65020
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