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Luray Caverns

Shenandoah Mountains + Valleys, Virginia

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  • One of the caverns many formations.- Luray Caverns
  • Stalactites and stalagmites in Luray Caverns.- Luray Caverns
  • These formations are made of crystalized calcite.- Luray Caverns
  • This type of formation is called flowstone.- Luray Caverns
  • The reflection from Dream Lake makes it look much deeper than it really is.- Luray Caverns
  • Luray Caverns is continuously growing larger.- Luray Caverns
  • The path through the caverns is paved, well lit, and has a railing in many places.- Luray Caverns
  • An expansive view into the caverns.- Luray Caverns
  • A natural archway separating the path.- Luray Caverns
  • A formation named Giant Redwood.- Luray Caverns
  • Looking down into the lower section of the cave.- Luray Caverns
  • Totem Pole Valley in Luray Caverns.- Luray Caverns
  • Luray Caverns has tall ceilings and many large chambers.  - Luray Caverns
  • The Wishing Well,- Luray Caverns
  • Oysters or Fried Eggs formation.- Luray Caverns
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Huge cave with beautiful formations.
Cons: 
Very crowded on weekends.
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Region:
Shenandoah Mountains + Valleys, VA
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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One of the most popular sites of the Virginian Shenandoah Valley does not lie amongst the majestic peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but rather several hundred feet underground. Luray Caverns contains over 64 acres of subterranean wilderness to explore. First discovered in 1878, the caverns today attract more than half a million visitors annually. Although the caverns are privately owned, they are protected by the Department of the Interior and have been named a National Natural Landmark.

The only way to view the caverns is by participating in a guided tour. These tours follow a well-lit, paved pathway through the caverns. The path winds around a mile and a half of trail through the cave and can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to complete. During this journey, participants are required to travel up many steps and inclines. The temperature inside these caverns stays at a constant 54 degrees year round, making it a great adventure for any season.

The caverns contain many magnificent cave formations of stalactites and stalagmites. These formations have clever names such as Saracen’s Tent, Titania’s Veil, and the Ghost of Pluto. Dream Lake is a large water basin located inside of the caverns. Due to an optical illusion, the reflection of the ceiling causes the lake to look much deeper than its actual 20-inch depth. Other highlights of the caverns include a wishing well and the veteran’s memorial plaque that honors the fallen veterans of the surrounding county.

Toward the end of the tour, visitors are treated to a unique experience. Luray Caverns is home to the world’s largest musical instrument, the Stalacpipe Organ. The instrument creates music by sending vibrations through different stalactites throughout the cave.

The caverns are open every day of the year, though the hours depend upon the season.  Tours usually depart every 20 minutes. Tickets to the tour also give visitors entry to the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum and the Luray Valley Museum, both of which are on site.

Shenandoah National Park and Shenandoah River State Park are both a short 15-minute drive away from Luray Caverns.

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