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Cave of the Mounds

2975 Cave of the Mounds Road


Cave of the Mounds takes its name from the Blue Mounds, two large hills which have long been Wisconsin landmark features. The West Mound, at 1716 feet, is the highest point in Southern Wisconsin; the East Mound reaches 1489 feet. Cave of the Mounds lies under the southern slope of the East Mound.

This area was settled by Ebenezer Brigham, a successful lead miner who became Dane County's first permanent white settler in 1828. The West Mound is now a Wisconsin state park; part of the East Mound still belongs to the Brigham family. Brigham County Park lies along the wooded northern edge of this East Mound. Both parks afford magnificent vistas of southern Wisconsin.

Cave of the Mounds was accidentally discovered on August 4, 1939. Workers, who were removing high quality limestone from a quarry on the Brigham Farm, blasted into the Cave. The blast tore the face off the quarry and revealed a great underground cavern. All quarrying stopped and never resumed. The dynamite blast revealed a limestone cave more than twenty feet high opening into other rooms and galleries, all containing numerous mineral formations.

Millions of visitors later, the Cave's wooden walkways were replaced with concrete; a large stone building replaced the original entry building; and theatrical lighting has been installed to dramatize the colors and shapes within the Cave. Picnic areas, walking trails, rock gardens, gift shops and a visitor center have all since been developed. Come help us celebrate 75 years during our annual Discovery Days!


Hamidha Shabeer

Monday, June 25, 2018
It's a natural splendor and the guided tour offered makes it more interesting and easier. You'll be amazed by the natural formations of rocks. It's cooler and wet inside, so dress appropriately with a jacket and shoes suitable for walking and a little climbing. Only a stretch is a little narrow and you will have to move through it sideways. We visited the caves with an infant and it was easy,we just had to park the stroller and had to carry her along, so you can plan the visit with the whole family. There are two nice gift and souvenir shops that sell minerals, they are pretty and interesting stuff. There are activities for the kids. The grounds are great for a picnic. Kids will enjoy the place as much as you.

Brian Weaver

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
What a great adventure. The caverns were discovered 1n the 1930s and have been developed into a great destination. Check out the trails and flower gardens too. Go early and try to be on the first tour of the day, as the tour groups fill quickly. It is cool in the caverns so a sweater or sweatshirt are advised.

Will Langston

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
The cave is neat and interesting, but kind of small as cave tours go, so keep your expectations realistic. Still totally worth doing. This visit we only came for the gift shop to run a bag of sand through the sluice. The gift shop has a great selection of cool stuff, but washing a bag of sand to see what kinds of rock you got is the most fun. The flower garden is also really nice and a must see on our Wisconsin tour.

Samwise S

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
I went with some good friends who took me !! This place is relaxing and refreshing. The cave is neat, great and super friendly staff. The nature is pristine! Had a nice picnic there also !!

Erik Czerwin

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
My family and I have visited the Cave of the Mounds twice now,a couple years apart. Both times were great visits. This time, we arrived early in the morning and right at the same time as a large day camp with tons of kids. I was surprised at how well our visit went, despite the huge crowd of kids. The park was well staffed and we had zero delay and zero problems even with the crowd. The tour of the cave was well done. Lots of photo opportunities, well designed stairs and lighting. It's definitely a favorite stop for those of us who enjoy natural history. Both visits lasted about two and a half hours with the tour and everything. We could've stayed for a picnic lunch, but headed to Dodgeville for a BBQ lunch...

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