Discover New Depths in Almost Heaven at These Caves and Caverns
If you’ve been craving a new experience, West Virginia is home to an array of one-of-a-kind adventures. Bring out the inner explorer in you and discover the incredible caves and caverns located underground in Almost Heaven. Follow along with trained guides and explore the beautiful depths of West Virginia. From incredible formations to rich histories, amazing sights await you at these caves and caverns.
Discovered in 1942, the incredible Lost World Caverns are 1.25 miles in length and have a depth of 235 feet, which makes it perfect for exploring. At Lost World Caverns, visitors can choose from two different tours: the Cave Tour and the Wild Cave Tour. The Cave Tour is a self-guided tour and takes you on a half-mile walk through the caverns. Along the way, signs line the trail explaining the different formations you will see. The Wild Cave Tour is an adventurous, four-hour guided tour to the deepest, darkest corners of the cavern. While on these tours, look out for incredible formations like the Snowy Chandelier, a 30-ton compound stalactite, and the Bridal Veil, an incredible column of sparkling white calcite.
Located in the Germany Valley area of the state, Seneca Caverns is 4.5 million years old and has an incredibly rich history. In fact, the caverns are located on a great Native American trading route through the Appalachian Mountains, and many tribes used this trading route, including the Seneca Indians who lived in the caverns. At Seneca Caverns, you can take a cave tour, which leads you along a well-lit pathway while your guide points incredible formations and historical facts on your journey. Gemstone mining is also available at Seneca Caverns as well. Children and adults alike will enjoy mining for beautiful minerals and gems.
A National Natural Landmark as well as a National Landmark of Historic Places, Organ Cave is a must-see for all. Organ Cave has more than 45 miles of mapped passages, which makes it a great location to go exploring. Visitors to Organ Cave can enjoy the Formation Trail Tour, the Civil War Trail Tour or the Walking Museum Tour. For those a little more adventurous, exploring expeditions are also available. These expeditions allow you to go further into the depths of the cave for a unique experience.
Smoke Hole Caverns
Smoke Hole Caverns is a must-visit for any explorer. Rich with history, the caverns were once used by the Seneca Indians to smoke wild game and were also used by settlers and immigrants to make corn whiskey. Guided tours are available and lead you along to view incredible stalactites, columns, draperies, helictites and more. Gemstone mining is also available and is the perfect chance to go on a treasure hunt for amethyst, rubies, emeralds and more.
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This post was last updated on August 4, 2020