CAVE HOLLOW CAVE

There are a number of caves in and around the Cedar Grove community. The largest of these caves with a larger underground area than any other I know of is the one on the head of Johnnie's Creek which is called "Cave Hollow Cave".

I along with a lot of others have gone a long way back in this cave exploring the different rooms. There is a stream of water or spring that runs through the cave. Some other people and some of my older brothers have gone much farther back in it than I ever did. They said they would have to crawl in the stream of water in places and then it would open up into a large room. Taking balls of twine to unroll would help them find their way back out. They said they spent all one day in it and didn't explore it all.

My Great Uncle Taylor Frazier, who I have mentioned before, told about hunting in the hollow below the cave when his dogs bayed a big bear. Before he could get closed [sic] enough to shoot it the bear ran into the cave with the dogs after it. Having no light and afraid to go back into a cave with a large bear that was big and mad like this one he stood there until he could hear his dog on the other side. He figured the cave went all the way through the hill and that was how they got over there. He didn't follow them any farther and his dogs came home the next day but were in pretty bad shape from fighting with the bear.

I have spent many hours exploring this cave and others in this section of Marion County. However there is something else about this cave that distinguishes it from other caves in the Ozarks. It is one of the few caves where the big-eared bats come each spring to give birth to and raise their young. There were hundreds of them. In recent years though people have been digging in the cave for Indian arrowheads and artifacts with some even building fires inside. This has disturbed the bats and they are becoming fewer and fewer in number each year. The sad thing about it is people are doing this illegally and are trespassing on private land, without the permission of the land owner. The Endangered Species Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of Arkansas have come to their rescue and have welded four inch steel angle iron six inches apart closing the entrance to anything that can't go through the bars. It makes it look like a prison. A few days ago Sonya Hall, my granddaughter, and I went out to the cave to look and see if this was true. We found it was closed up so we couldn't go back into the cave.

There are three caves on the Comal Hill, two of them are small. One is a pretty good cave but nothing to compare with the one in Cave Hollow.


Reprinted with permission fromTreasured Memories of a Beautiful Place in the North Arkansas Ozark Hills by Floyd Burleson, copyright 1989.