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Grand Caverns in Grottoes, Virginia was discovered in 1804 by Bernard Weyer. He was trying to retrieve one of his hunting traps. In 1806, it opened to the public. So Grand Caverns is the oldest continually operating show cave in America. It officially became a National Natural Landmark in 1973.
But in addition to being historic, it is also an amazing place to visit! The temperature in the caves always remains at 54 degrees, so it is great to visit any time of the year. It is a wonderful addition to any itinerary for anyone visiting the Shenandoah Valley area.
Guests are allowed to see the Grand Caverns as part of a guided tour. It is a 70-minute walking tour. You get to see the Grand Caverns and all of its beauty. Your guide answers any questions you might have.
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This tour is, unfortunately, not wheelchair or stroller friendly. And people with difficulty walking, navigating stairs, or breathing should let the guide know beforehand. You can give your stroller to a staff member and they will keep it safe for you during your tour.
Given the fact it is a walking tour and the temperature of the caves, comfortable shoes and a lightweight jacket are recommended.
You cannot touch any rock or rock formation, as it is prohibited and protected by Virginia law. You also can’t bring food or beverages into the cave. And while pets are allowed on the park grounds as long as they are on a leash, they are not allowed to enter the cave.