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ROADSIDE MICHIGAN: Explore the Depths of Bear Cave, Michigan’s ONLY Glacial Cavern

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A glacial cave? Here in
Michigan? Oh yeah!

You’ll find Bear Cave not far away, a few miles north of Buchanan in Southwest Michigan.  A glacial drift formed this creepy but cool cave over 10,000 years ago and is thought to be the only cavern in Michigan.
(SEE THE INSIDES OF THE CAVE IN THE PHOTO GALLERY ABOVE!)

Before you expect too much, it’s not as expansive and intricate as Mammoth Caves or some of the others in the continental United States…it’s only approximately 150 feet but it does have multiple rooms, odd formations, fossils, boulders, pools of water, and cave pearls. Many limestone deposits – called tufa – cake the cave walls up to 18 feet thick.

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Getty Images

There is also a hidden room called the “Slave Room,” as it was part of the 1800’s Underground Railroad that was used to hide & protect slaves escaping for freedom.

And yes, there are bats.
Sometimes.

Within an area that was once inhabited by the Potawatomi tribe, this cave is open to seekers of the curious — and formations are marked & identified.

You’ll also see the “Tulip Tree” where the Potawatomi held council; the tree has branches that are said to have been bent permanently by Indian braves who stood or sat on them as they were on the lookout for intruders.

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

Take M-60 through Niles west to Buchanan. Go north on ‘Red Bud Trail N’ to ‘Bear Cave Road’…turn right and there you are!

Pretty darn cool…add this to your Michigan roadtrip…it’s also a campground so you can hang out a couple of days if you wish!

Find out more about Bear Cave at thousandtrails.com by CLICKING HERE.

 

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