Crystal Onyx Cave & Campground

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After years of searching, and with a deep conviction that a cave was there on Pruitt’s Knob, Cleon Turner entered what became Crystal Onyx Cave on June 23, 1960. Turner’s persistent search to find an entrance succeeded even though attempts had been made since the early 1930’s. In June of 1960, Turner and a friend found a promising spot on the side of the Knob and, after several days of digging with shovels, Turner dynamited an entrance. He found beautiful formations, cave bacon, rimstone, stalactites and stalagmites. Soon after that, Crystal Onyx Cave, acknowledged by “cavers” as one of the most beautiful in the cave country, was opened for tours.Located on the side of Pruitt’s Knob is Crystal Onyx Cave Campground, a wooded camping area that is 300 ft. above the valley and Cave City. Our sites are so well shaded that you practically have to look for sunny spots if you want to get a tan! Whether you’re sporting a tent or a full size recreational vehicle, we have a place for you and all the amenities you want – or don’t want. Serenity is sitting on a high spot and watching the world go by below you. We offer serenity from the overlook in the Campground, looking over the farmlands and the small town of Cave City. Just sit and enjoy the view – and the serenity. The picture shown here was taken from our campground


Phone: (270) 773-2359

Latitude/Longitude: 37.110404 , -85.967692


  • tenting
  • store
  • swimming pool
  • fishing
  • lp gas
  • modem connection
  • pullthrus
  • sewer hookups
  • laundry
  • other swimming
  • rentals
  • pets
  • cable tv
  • lodging
  • dump station
  • recreation hall
  • boating
  • group area
  • phone hookups
  • slideouts
  • wi-fi


From I-65 take exit 53. Go East on Hwy 90 for 2 1/2 miles (You will pass through two traffic lights). The entrance to Crystal Onyx Cave will be on your right. Drive up the hill until you reach the Vistior Center


Partly Cloudy
Saturday 03/17/2018 20%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 73F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday 03/18/2018 10%
Overcast. High 58F. Winds light and variable.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Monday 03/19/2018 100%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Cloudy in the morning, then thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 64F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
Chance of Rain
Tuesday 03/20/2018 40%
Chance of Rain
Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will give way to occasional showers in the afternoon. High 52F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 03/21/2018 10%
Partly Cloudy
Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 49F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

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