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Underground Virginia: Caves of the Shenandoah
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mysterious, awe-inspiring, and beautiful, Virginia’s caves never fail to dazzle visitors. See for yourself during a visit to realms of wonder eons in the making in the scenic Shenandoah Valley. With Gregg Clemmer, an expert caver, mapper, and conservationist as your guide, explore two of the region’s great caverns, from their stone columns and draperies to jagged helictites and dog-toothed spars.
The adventure begins at Shenandoah Caverns, where you descend inside Virginia's only cave elevator to see the formations that first captivated explorers in 1884. Marvel at the aragonite bushes bursting from ascending walls and stunning examples of draperies—cascades of flowstone suspended from ceilings. After a three-course lunch at the nearby historic Mimslyn Inn, spend the afternoon exploring the depths of Luray Caverns, known for exceptional shields, veils, domes, flowstone, and forests of stalactites.
The tour ends with a stop at Gray Ghost Winery to relax and compare notes on the day’s unique caving experiences.
Fringe stop at about 7:55 a.m.
This tour involves a significant amount of walking and standing, with walks in the caverns totaling approximately 1.5 miles. Wear walking shoes and clothing for cave temperatures in the mid-50s.
Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at
550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts)
Fringe: Vienna Metro, south side Kiss & Ride