Whether you are a visitor just passing through the Shenandoah Valley or you have called the Valley your home for decades, exploring the region’s caverns is an educational and beautiful activity for all age groups. A cavern is a large cave, typically underground. Touring caverns is ideal no matter the weather since they all boast an average temperature of 55 degrees fahrenheit. Below are several caverns within a 60 mile radius of Harrisonburg, VA. Please note that the prices given are subject to change but reflect the regular ticket price at the time this blog post was written.
Address: 1800 Endless Caverns Rd, New Market VA 22844
Distance from Harrisonburg: 15 miles away
Price: $20.00 adult / $9.00 child
Overview: This mile long, 75 minute tour will explain how the cavern was first discovered in 1879 and explore the beauty of the caverns.
What makes it stand out: This six mile long cave at the foot of the Massanutten Mountain range features seemingly “endless” tunnels and chambers and many areas of the cave have yet to be explored.
Additional Attractions: RV camping on the property that includes a pool, catch and release pond, recreation hall, game room, playground and nature trails.
Address: 5 Grand Caverns Drive, Grottoes VA 24441
Distance from Harrisonburg: 19 miles away
Price: $20.00 adult/ $11.00 child
Overview: 70 minute walking tour offered daily. The cavern tour consists of approximately one mile of walking at a leisurely pace.
What makes it stand out: Originally called Weyers Cave, Grand Caverns opened for tours in 1806, making it the oldest continually operating show cave in the U.S. There are over 200 verified civil war signatures in the cave.
Additional Attractions: Fountain Cave Adventure Tours and Shelter Rentals. The park at Grand Caverns is complete with a pool, mini-golf, trails and a playground.
Address: 101 Cave Hill Road, Luray VA 22835
Distance from Harrisonburg: 31 miles away
Price: $30.00 adult/ $15.00 child
Overview: The well-lighted, all-paved walkways on the tour are 1.25 miles in length and lead visitors through cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10-stories high.
What makes it stand out: Luray Caverns is the largest and most popular caverns in Eastern America. It is home to the Great Stalacpipe Organ, the world’s largest musical instrument.
Additional Attractions: The Car & Carriage Caravan Museum, Shenandoah Heritage Village, and Toy Town Junction are included with every Luray Caverns ticket.
Address: 6639 N Valley Pike, Harrisonburg VA 22802
Distance from Harrisonburg: 7 miles away
Price: 45 minute private tour for four people for $60- additional guests are $15.00 adult/ $10.00 child
Overview: A 50 minute guided historical tour of the Caverns features both large and small chambers, a variety of formations, reflecting pools and historic carvings made by Native Americans and Union soldiers who camped there during the Civil War. The floor in the Caverns is leveled and there are no steps required to enter the lodge or take the tour.
What makes it stand out: Wedding venue complete with event center, The Lodge, and accomodations at the Harrison Moore Farmhouse.
Additional Attractions: Melrose Cavern Guest Station.
Address: 261 Caverns Road, Quicksburg VA 22847
Distance from Harrisonburg: 23 miles away
Price: $28.00 adult/ $14.00 child
Overview: The personally guided caverns tour consists of a one mile, one hour walk through around 17 spectacular rooms and passageways.
What makes it stand out: The famous "Breakfast Bacon" formations which were featured in National Geographic Magazine
Additional Attractions: Also home to Main Street of Yesteryear (a collection of antique department store window displays), American Celebration on Parade attraction (parade floats), Gemstone Sluice and Earl’s Place (a 7 bedroom Airbnb).
Address:10344 Stonewall Jackson Hwy, Front Royal VA 22630
Distance from Harrisonburg: 54 miles away
Price: $22.00 adult/ $11.00 child
Overview: The one-hour guided tour is complete with an award winning lighting system and three underground streams plus a 37-foot Rainbow Waterfall.
What makes it stand out: “Skyline Caverns is one of the few places in the world which hosts anthodite formations. These unique crystals spread in all directions, actually defying gravity.”
Additional Attractions: Skyline Arrow Miniature Train and the Enchanted Dragon Mirror Maze.
One of the biggest benefits to living in Harrisonburg is the outdoor activities that the surrounding area offers. One of the most popular activities is hiking within the area. Below is a list of 10 of the best hikes within an hour and a half of Harrisonburg. This list is limited to hikes that are free so the plethora of hikes offered in Shenandoah National Park are not included. Distance is calculated from Harrisonburg City Hall. Hikes are listed in order of distance not quality.
White Oak Canyon Trail