While everyone visits Natural Bridge, Virginia for what can be seen above ground, the secrets lurking below are just as exciting! The Caverns at Natural Bridge were discovered in the late 1890s and are the deepest commercial caverns on the East Coast of the United States! In addition to these caverns, there are several other amazing treasures waiting to be discovered in Virginia! Whether you like seeing exposed limestone or just enjoy spelunking, you will love these four caverns near Natural Bridge, VA.
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4 Caverns to Explore Near Natural Bridge, Virginia
A trip up I-81, Luray Caverns is the largest show cave on the East Coast (open since 1878). The world’s largest musical instrument (The Great Stalacpipe Organ) covers 3.5 acres and was created by Leland W. Sprinkle in the late 1950s. You will also get to see mirrored pools, limestone formations, and mud flowstones.
The oldest continually showing show cavern in America (established in 1806), Grand Caverns was declared a National natural Landmark in 1973. The cavern tour is an amazing experience and the grounds also has activities like mini golf, a swimming pool, and gem mine if the kids are looking for something to do above ground.
If accessibility is important, know that Shenandoah Caverns is the only cave system in Virginia to offer elevator service! While the entire cavern is not ADA compliant (to preserve the natural formations), the cavern is definitely the most accessible of the caves on this list. The stalactite, stalagmite, and flowstone formations are breathtaking and the guided tours are both informational and enjoyable.
Caverns at Natural Bridge
The caverns at Natural Bridge are a true sight to see. Venture over 340 feet deep under the surface to find the Natural Bridge Cave Beetle, learn more about the history of the caves, and see gorgeous rock formations. The Colossal Dome Room and Mirror Lake are two of the highlights you can experience on a guided tour. Be careful – legend has it that the caverns are haunted!
Stay at the Natural Bridge Historic Hotel & Conference Center
The Natural Bridge Historic Hotel and Conference Center is located just a three-minute drive or 10-minute walk from the Caverns at Natural Bridge. It’s the perfect homestead for your trip to Natural Bridge, Virginia. We’re also across the street from the famous Natural Bridge State Park, and nearby many other of the most sought-after attractions in the area.
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