Virginia’s underground holds great adventures too,
especially in world-renowned caverns.
Hike with guides through these mesmerizing destinations,
found mostly in the Shenandoah Valley and gaze in awe at the world’s only Stalacpipe Organ
at Luray Caverns or the breath-taking Rainbow Lake at Shenandoah Caverns.
Visit Virginia's cool caverns and escape summer's heat — if only for a few hours!
Children thrill to the eerie worlds created by dripstone stalactites and stalagmites!
Some tour guides will even turn off all the spotlights for a minute just so you can experience
complete and total darkness. This might be a little bit spooky, but just hold onto your child's hand for comfort!
Luray Caverns in Luray
Luray Caverns are the largest caverns in the eastern USA and a National Landmark.
Some of the most spectacular creations were formed just one drip at at time, such as Giant's Hall,
vast expansive chambers decorated by predominately golden columns, 10-stories tall.
The gold colors come from iron and clay soils seeping from the ground along with the calcium carbonate "drips."
Just some of Luray's other impressive formations include:
Titania's Veil — primarily all white, and formed by pure crystalline drips
Frozen Fountain — a massive, somewhat rounded white flowstone
Empress Column — a golden column is formed when a stalactite and stalagmite meet. This one is huge!
See the world's largest musical instrument at Luray Caverns, too!
The Stalacpipe Organ is played from a regular-size organ, but
its organ pipes are the stalactites themselves, spreading over 3.5 underground acres, and wired with little rubber mallets.
Shenandoah Caverns in Quicksburg
On I-81 between New Market and Mt. Jackson, see Shenandoah Caverns,
the only caverns in Virginia with elevator service to its 17 underground rooms!
One of the most breathtaking sights of the underworld is its Rainbow Lake with
iridescent drip formations of bright colors! Little girls especially feel like fairy princesses here!
Just some of Shenandoah's remarkable formations include:
Diamond Cascade — a huge calcite crystal formation, sparkling white
Beyond the Veil — gorgeous orange-colored straw-like drips
Grotto of the Gods — where the giants certainly must live.
Drapery formations look like loosely draped material hanging from the
ceiling and walls.
And what's really impressive is the drapery Bacon Formations, which look like giant strips of
bacon stretched out on the walls of a giant's kitchen! Your kids will love this place.
And don't forget to look for Pixie!
Endless Caverns in New Market
Through the years, many expeditions have failed to find an end to the complex network of
underground passageways called Endless Caverns, which are mapped for more than 5 miles!
Discovered by two adventurous boys and their dog in 1879, these caverns are home to a fossilized wooly mammoth's tooth, too!
Fairy Land — a colossal room filled with separate chambers dripping with magic
The Lodge Room — another giant room just discovered in 1991.
Fresh Bacon Slices— Yummy!