AAA Editor Notes
Shenandoah Caverns is 1 mi. w. of I-81 exit 269 at 261 Caverns Rd. Local legend says that two boys descended into these caverns after railroad workers broke through the limestone ceiling. The cave opened to the public in 1922, providing natural air-conditioning to a hotel that was formerly located at the entrance.
A guided 1-hour tour begins with an elevator descent to the cave’s subterranean entrance hall. Colorful and pure-white formations are visible in 17 rooms, which are connected by a mile of gravel pathways. Fault lines are visible in the ceilings of many of the rooms since the caverns were largely formed by earthquake movement. Gemstone panning and an extended 2-hour tour also are available.
Among the highlights are the crystal-laden Diamond Cascade, the Bacon Formations, the Grotto of the Gods and the Oriental Garden. The temperature in the caverns remains a constant 56 F.
Food is available June-Aug. A jacket and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.