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Kassel Cave Natural Bridges

 

Kassel Cave Tunnel 1

Kassel Cave Tunnel 1, the portal to a system of natural tunnels

Yesterday was warm, windy, and overcast, perfect for making photographs of the Kassel Cave Natural Tunnels in Perry County, Missouri.

Thomas R. Beveridge described the tunnels in Geological Wonders and Guriousities of Missouri. For years it has been on my list of places to hike. But, it is privately owned and I needed permission. Somewhere along the line, someone gave me the owners’ number. I called and they gave me permission to  hike to the tunnels.

We hiked across the pasture, where their llamas graze and where their in-your-face llama gave us each a kiss, to the road that leads down to the creek. Of course, we missed the gate and hiked down to the creek and back up to the gate to the road to the creek. Once, at the creek we hiked through a tiny floodplain forest to the portal to the natural tunnels.

There are four of them, plus the cave, all within an area 100 feet in diameter.

Kassel Cave Tunnel 2

Kassel Cave Tunnel 2

We picked our way across the rocky floor of  Tunnel 1 to the canyon, where  Mike turned to me and said, “It looks exactly like the description you read to me on the way here.” It did, but sorting out which is tunnel is which is beyond me.

Tunnels 2 and 3

Tunnels 3 and 4

The tunnels were eroded through Plattin limestones.

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