Archives for February 2013

Hurricane River Cave announces Extreme Cave Tours

Hurricane River Cave

In an exciting announcement, Hurricane River Cave has announced they will be offering two Guided Extreme Cave Tours for 2013.

In addition to their regular cave tour, there are two different Extreme Cave tours offered.

The Deep North, or the East Passage cave tours.

These cave tours can be somewhat customized, to accommodate different fitness levels.
 
Our extreme cave tours ( by reservation ) feature a combination of the following: vertical climbs; slipping, sliding, stumbling; hands and knees crawls; belly crawls; tight squeezes; contortionist positions; tortuous, irregular terrain; gooey, sticky clay; soupy clutching mud; disconcerting ravine crossings, of indeterminate depths; wadingand or swimming; a short boat ride; bear beds, and numerous bear claw marks; sites where a saber tooth tiger, and many prehistoric, short faced bears, were discovered; and human remains, which are still there, in their final resting place, as of 2013.  The cave entrance is right next to the waterfall: you will walk right by it.Duration: 3-5 hours. Each extreme cave tour, covers about one and a half miles: although you will feel like you’ve done 5.The cost of these cave tours is $89.00 per person, plus state and local taxes: currently at 9 % ( 2013 ). Group rates, and family rates, are available.
For this cave tour, you will be supplied with a Petzl caving helmet, with a headlight, along with knee pads, and gloves. You will be accompanied at all times by a guide, for your safety, and the protection of the cave. Prepare to get extremely muddy on this trip. Lace up boots are best; however, tightly laced up sneakers are also OK. A long sleeved shirt is necessary; a belt is very important to hold up your jeans, as they will loosen up and sag, when they get wet and muddy; and you should wear a swim suit underneath your clothes: so that you can strip off all your muddy clothes, at tour end, before you use our hot showers: for which, we supply towels. We encourage the use of waterproof cameras, and sport cams for photography.
Check out the 5 Star  ratings on on Hurricane river cave from Trip Adviser.Com .

 

Hurricane River Cave is located in Northwest Searcy County, Arkansas on U.S.  Highway 65, halfway between Harrison and M
arshall (about a half hour drive either way), and about 50 minutes south of Branson, MO

You will be guided along a level ancient underground riverbed. These fantastic water-eroded passageways are the most unique of their kind among American show caves. Our cave features stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, draperies, soda straws, rimstone dams, cave popcorn, columns, moonmilk, stalactoflats, canopies, along with rare and unique shields, and more!

The Cave’s visitor approval ratings get high marks, according to an official state exit poll. Only the extremely claustrophobic would feel uncomfortable in Hurricane River Cave.

A number of unusual skeletons have been discovered in the cave. Among them are a saber-toothed cat (Smilodan Floridanus); many bears (including the prehistoric Ursus Americanus Amplidens); and, in 1989, a complete Indian skeleton, which is still in its final resting place which you will see on the Extreme Cave Tour.insidecave3

Not only are the caverns spectacular, but so are the grounds. The cave entrance is at the base of a towering bluff and is graced by a much photographed waterfall (specially created for the visitor) that spills between 150 and 300 gallons per minute. This water crashes down through a series of smaller waterfalls and pools. Green manicured lawns, flowering shrubs, flowers and trees complete the scenery.  Especially pretty in the early spring are the native Arkansas red bud and dogwood trees.

The cave is  open from March 1st to October 31st. Winter visits are available by appointment. Guided tours take approximately 45 minutes, and it’s rare that anyone ever waits more than 20 minutes. The distance covered is about ¼ mile and is not strenuous — only one incline and two staircases (17 and 27 steps respectively)

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Sheltered picnic tables are also available.

Hurricane River Cave gift shop showcases rocks, minerals, ceramics, full leaded crystal, and jewelry. tables are available. There is ample parking space.

Come and visit Hurricane River Cave.

For more information or to contact Hurricane River Cave, call 870-429-6200, email, or visit the Hurricane River Cave website.

 

Click on a picture below of a slideshow of photos from the Hurricane River Cave.

 

New Member — Crockett’s Country Store and Canoe Rentals

 

Crocketts Country Store

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have Crockett’s Country Store and Canoe Rentals as our newest member!!

Conveniently located at the intersection of Hwy. 14 & Hwy. 27 North, in Harriet, Arkansas, Crockett’s is just minutes away from the beautiful Buffalo National River.

Escaping from its originating source in the Boston Mountains, 15 miles above the National Park’s Boundary, the Buffalo National River embraces 135 miles of both rapid flowing and calm segments of the 150 mile long river. Popular among both avid and amateur canoeist, a float trip on the Middle Buffalo River offers both Level I and Level II canoeing at its best. Cutting a path through what appears to be a primitive watercourse, your canoe adventure will deliver breathtaking, scenic views at most every bend of the river. Soaring limestone bluffs, picturesque inlets, indigenous flora and fauna present you with Arkansas, “The Natural State” at its best along this river’s borders.

If you are planning to experience the Buffalo River by canoe, whether it be for a few hours or several days, let our friendly staff at Crockett’s Canoe Rental assist you with your river adventure needs.

Services Tailored to Meet Your Needs

“We aim to please!” Offering friendly, courteous, and most importantly Flexible service is our priority. Perhaps you’ve been dreaming about catching a sunrise or sunset on the Buffalo River. Our customers, not the clock, determine our “down-home” hours of operation. Whether there be five or fifty in your party, we can accommodate you.

Thinking of camping overnight? Our knowledgeable staff is happy to assist groups and families in planning, exploring, hiking, picnics and overnight camping at many of the breathtaking sites along the river.

Life jackets, paddles and seat backs are provided with each canoe rental. and Shuttle Service is available for all approved access areas. Click Here  for more information on all our services.

Family owned by Bobby & Creed Crockett, we offer hunting, fishing, camping and picnic supplies, along with a full line of groceries and “convenience store” items. If you forgot it at home, or just simply want it, we probably have it here. If not, we will point you in the right direction! Deli sandwiches, hamburgers, sodas, ice, T-Shirts and souvenirs are all available. We also have the world famous Searcy County Chocolate Rolls normally for sale!!  We have a self-service gasoline station and we also fill propane tanks. Hunting and Fishing Licenses are also available.

Be sure and make Crockett’s Country Store and Buffalo River Canoe Rentals your next stop to outfit your complete Buffalo River Adventure.

For more information Crockett’s website.

Crockett’s Country Store & Buffalo River Canoe Rental

119 West Hwy 14 • P. O. Box 26

Harriet, Arkansas 72639

Call Us:  870-448-3892 (local) • 800-355-6111 (toll free)

New Welcome Signs for Searcy County

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The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce recently placed new welcome signs at both ends of the county, on U.S. Highway 65.  These signs declare to the world that Searcy County is the “Chocolate Roll Capital of the World.”™   This is just the first step in the chamber’s “Chocolate Roll Capital of the World Initiative”, which was announced late last year.    A second part of this initiative, is the upcoming “Chocolate Roll Festival and Contest”, which will be held on March 16th, and is a fundraiser for the Marshall High School Art Club.   The chamber will also use the welcome signs to announce other events in the county all year long.    Sign builder Ray Creasy did a great job on the signs..  Thank you Ray.

Chamber Social Potluck Dinner Great Success

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The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce  hosted a “Chamber Social Potluck” on Friday, 22 February at 6 p.m. in the new Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Marshall.  Even though the weather was chilly, the heaters warmed up the building and we had a nice group for the potluck.

With over 35 in attendance, the chamber signed up several new members, and others used this opportunity to renew their support.   A good dinner was shared by all.

President Darryl Treat welcomed all the guests, and gave a report of the ongoing operations of the chamber, the Chocolate Roll festival and other activities coming up that the chamber is working on.    Vice President Lee Walsh gave a status report on the new 2013 Community and Relocation Guide.   The guide has over doubled in size this year, and the chamber is printing a minimum of 6000 copies for distribution in all 13 State of Arkansas Welcome Centers, and several other local and regional locations.   Everyone looked over the printed “prototype” and progress of the guide at the event and all the comments were good.

James Fountain gave a history and a report on the history of the Veterans Building, and visitors got to see the nice progress on the structure, which isn’t too far away from completion.    Including one purchase of a “buy a log” program, at the event, chamber members raised about $270 for the Veterans and the building.

 

Darryl G. Treat

President, The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce