Grand Caverns, Grottoes, Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hzoi
N 38° 15.625 W 078° 50.126
17S E 689379 N 4236925
Quick Description: Grand Caverns is perhaps the oldest continually operated show cave in America and boasts over 500 rare shield formations. Operated by the Town of Grottoes, there is an admission fee for guided tours.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 2/23/2022 12:09:16 PM
Waymark Code: WM15TFA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Mark1962
Views: 1

Long Description:
Grand Caverns claims to be the oldest show cave in the United States. It was discovered by 18-year-old Bernard Weyer, who was looking for one of his traps. The cave was opened for tours in 1806 and visited by soldiers from both the UNion and the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Grand Caverns is relatively unique among the other caves in the Shenandoah Valley. Limestone is formed from sediment, so it naturally forms in flat layers over time. Here, however, tectonic forces pushed the limestone bedrock, so that the layers are nearly vertical. This may be the reason why Grand Caverns has an unusually high number of shield formations, flat disks of rock hanging from the cave wall or ceiling.

While you're here, why not tour the cave and log our earthcache?
Type of Land: Local Park

Managed By: Town of Grottoes

Contact Info: (888) 430-CAVE (2283)

Website: [Web Link]

Type of Cave: Karst Cave

Contains Stalactites: yes

Contains Stalagmites: yes

Contains Bats: yes

Price of Admission: 21.00 (listed in local currency)

Visit Instructions:
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