Shenandoah Caverns has been welcoming eager visitors for over 90 years. The cave was discovered in 1884, when the Southern Railway was being constructed through the Shenandoah Valley. The Neff family owned the land and allowed the railroad to quarry rock from it. Neff's sons noticed cool air rising from a hole in the ground while playing in quarry and decided to investigate. The rest, as they say, is history.
The caverns were opened to the public in 1922 and have been a popular attraction in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley ever since.
Touring Shenandoah Caverns
Shenandoah Caverns offers guided tours seven days a week and all year 'round, excluding Christmas. Best of all, they're the only cave system in Virginia with an elevator! Why walk down when you can ride in comfort and style?
Hour long tours run the length of the caverns' half-mile trail and back, taking you through 17 rooms of breathtaking natural wonders. You'll see incredible stone and crystal formations like the famous "Breakfast Bacon" featured in National Geographic Magazine.
Other notable features include the Diamond Cascade, Grotto of the Gods, Rainbow Lake, the Oriental Tea Garden, and the Capitol Dome. Stalactites, stalgmites, flowstone, soda straws, columns, and other fascinating forms await you.
Shenandoah Caverns stay a naturally cool 54 degrees all year 'round. Be sure to dress appropriately.
More Than Just A Cave
Once you've toured the caverns, don't pack up and leave - there's more to see! Shenandoah Caverns also includes a variety of other attractions, including:
American Celebration on Parade
American Celebration on Parade houses over 20 massive, full-size parade floats from the past. You'll see floats from Presidential Inaugurals, the Tournament of Roses, and other national celebrations. Experience these historic floats up close and at your own pace at this unique attraction.
Main Street of Yesteryear
Experience the excitement of Christmas Past with this display of holiday-decorated, department store windows from the 1940s and 50s. See more than 100 animated figures in fully restored, antique retail displays, many more than 50 years old!
The Yellow Barn
Discover America's agricultural heritage through antique carriages, farm equipment, interactive displays, and more. Don't forget to say "Hi" to the friendly goats outside.
Shenandoah Valley Lodging
No matter what brings you to Virgina's beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley region, nothing guarantees your comfort like staying at a Virginia inn. Beyond delicious breakfasts and top-tier amenities, your Virginia B&B innkeeper can also provide an insider's view of what to see in the local area. Why settle for some stale, cookie-cutter hotel or motel when personalized service awaits you? Book your stay at a Virginia bed and breakfast today!