58 | CITISCAPES | JUNE 2019 FEATURE | NWA OUTDOORS | BY ROBBY EDWARDS | PHOTOS COURTESY OF INDIVIDUAL LOCATION Caves and Caverns orthwest Arkansas is known for its beauty — mountains, colors and rivers — but to really get to know the area, it doesn’t hurt to take a look inside. Arkansas’ underground is cool, literally. Our area is full of caves and caverns. A day trip results in views of stalactites (ceiling formations), stalagmites (floor formations), caverns and domes. You’ll also see flowstone (calcite sheets on walls and floors), helictites (angular mineral forms growing in multiple directions) and other features. “Interest in caves in our area is high,” said Noah Hutchison, general manager at Onyx Cave in Eureka Springs. “I believe it’s due to not only the number of quality tour caves, but also numerous wild caves in this region. We have people who have taken the different tours, as well as people making their first adventure underground.” Area caves resulted from limestone in sedimentary rock. Minerals in limestone can be dissolved in water, especially rainwater mixed with carbon dioxide as it falls through the atmosphere. The combination dissolves limestone and creates openings. So, if you’re looking to really get to know the area – get out, get down and maybe dirty, and see Northwest Arkansas’ inner beauty. N GET A LOOK AT NWA’S INNER BEAUTY 58 | CITISCAPES | JUNE 2019 War Eagle Cavern