Luray Caverns

On the morning of August 13, 1878, the town tinsmith and his party discovered the largest cave system in the east. Groups that come to Luray Caverns will see delicately folded stone formations, an underground lake, the 47’ column inside Giant’s Hall, and the Great Stalacpipe Organ, which uses the cave itself as a musical instrument. Tours of the caverns leave every 20 minutes. Self-guided tours are also available for the nearby Car and Carriage Caravan and the Luray Valley Museum, included in general admission. Groups can also have fun at the Garden Maze, Ropes Adventure Park, and the Gem Sluice.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 101 Cave Hill Road, Luray, VA 22835. Page County. Tel: 540-743-6551. Website: www.luraycaverns.com. Hrs: See website.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-1.5 hours. Cost: Fee.

Caves, Mines, Panning Fun Facts

In history, caves have been used as shelter, as canvases for cave paintings, for rituals, and for food and weapons storage. In addition to historical relevance, caves also have unique geological features. On your tour be on the lookout for crystals, pools of water, stalagmites, and stalactites.

Mines are filled with useful materials that we use today. Coal is used to create electricity. Gold is used in the making of computers and jewelry. Limestone is used to make sidewalks and statues and monuments. Gypsum is used to make wallboards and plaster which is used in the construction of homes. Ask your tour guides about what the processes are like for mining each of these resources. How long does it take? What do each of these look like in their raw state?