Shenandoah Caverns

On a guided tour of Shenandoah Caverns, campers will trek one mile on crushed gravel pathways through seventeen rooms, each one more spectacular than the next. In the caverns, they will discover a world of breathtaking natural wonders, incredible geology and extraordinary crystalline formations waiting to be admired and photographed. Shenandoah Caverns has been thrilling visitors for over 90 years and is the only Virginia cavern with elevator service, making it one of the easiest caverns to tour. After your caverns tour, be sure to check out the other attractions--The Yellow Barn, American Celebration on Parade, and Main Street of Yesteryear.
Contact Info
Address: 261 Caverns Road, Shenandoah Caverns, VA 22847. Shenandoah County. Tel: 540-477-3115. Email: Website: Hrs: Open Daily, Hours Vary by Season.
Trip Info
Grade Level: 1st-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. 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?