Broken stalagmites in Fitton Cave

Significant Damage to Fitton Cave Discovered at Buffalo National River

Harrison, Ark. – In August 2020, Buffalo National River staff discovered significant damage at Fitton Cave in Buffalo National River in Newton County.  Individuals involved in this crime forced their way into a secure entrance of the cave, and damaged, vandalized, and removed many cave formations, such as stalagmites and draperies.  These acts destroyed vital pieces of the shared natural resource heritage protected at Buffalo National River.

The Fitton Cave system is one of the largest in Arkansas and holds a variety of rare cave formations. It is also the second most biologically diverse cave in the state.   Like all caves in Buffalo National River, Fitton Cave currently is closed to the public due to White Nose Syndrome- a deadly fungus that can kill bats and be spread by people entering and exiting caves.

Investigators are seeking information from anyone who may have knowledge about those who caused this damage. Information can be submitted to the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB) Tip Line. Information can be shared anonymously.

Call or text the ISB Tip Line 888-653-0009

Online www.nps.gov/ISB and click “Submit a Tip”

Email nps_isb@nps.gov 

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