Cave of the Mounds

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Cave of the Mounds

Discovered in 1939, the Cave is a National Natural Landmark.

Cave of the Mounds

More than a million years old (literally), a six-foot fossil and a 50-degree temperature all year long. Cave of the Mounds is known to wow people of all ages. It's even been deemed a Natural National landmark by the National Parks Services.

A 35-minute drive from downtown Madison, WI, Cave of the Mounds is like no other. Be brave and tour the cave. Hike or bike with your tykes. Go mining for gems. See more kid-friendly things to do in Madison ›

Cave tours

What's the difference between a stalagmite and stalactite? How does it feel to experience true darkness? Who was the first person to discover this massive cave? Learn all that and more during guided cave tours offered daily, all year round, rain or shine.

See the cave from a whole-new perspective during special events like Black Light Tours, Lantern Tours and more.

Please note the cave is not wheelchair, walker or stroller accessible.


Above-ground adventure

Cave of the Mounds is on a mission to preserve and restore the area's natural resources both above and below ground. Explore gardens, woodlands and a prairie restoration area connected by looping walking and biking trails in the above-ground conservancy. 

Pro tip: Birders will especially love the bird observation area, located just west of the visitor center. See a full map here.

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Take an epic bike ride

See more nature as you roll along the countryside.

Upcoming events

Groove to the beat. Cheer from your seat. Indulge in a treat. Find an event to match your style.