I love when this happens! Discovering a wonder-filled, awe-inspiring cave that you never knew existed!
While traveling to West Virginia last month we passed a sign along the way for Luray Caverns. I had not heard of it before, so I asked Brett, my boyfriend, if he had. “Oh sure” he said explaining that he had been there twice before but long ago. He told me we could stop there on our way back through Virginia toward home. I was delighted to add it to the list of places to visit!
So, after our adventures in the gorgeous mountains of West Virginia trail riding on the ATV, we aimed right for Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and the caverns of Luray! I honestly had no idea what to expect though I had been to a cave in Pennsylvania once many moons ago, but I did not have much of a memory of its interior.
The first thing that struck me about Luray was learning that it was discovered all the way back in 1878 by five local men that had noticed a protrusion of limestone as well as a sinkhole. They began digging and by candlelight two of the smallest men shimmied down a rope and began exploring. Their findings were nothing short of amazing, and after several ownership changes and court cases about who was the rightful owner etc., word began to spread of the beauty of the caverns. Scientists came to explore as well as the New York times travel writer and Luray became popular. A discovery of human remains, and bone fragments embedded into the stalagmite were even found dating back 500 years.
We walked the winding pathway and gazed mesmerizingly at the columns, stalactites and stalagmites feeling as though we were on another planet. Just like diving under the sea, the caverns are absolutely otherworldly! The deepest part of the caverns is an astounding 164 feet below earth’s surface! Spectacular, unbelievable, amazing, incredible are words that come to mind as you view the artful structures of this US Natural Landmark.
Of course, my camera almost never stopped clicking, but like every place I visit, I always take some time to take in the views with my eyes only to experience the surroundings organically. Of the many photos I captured here are a few that just might tease you enough to go and discover the wonder for yourself. I promise if you do go, you will not be disappointed, you will be astounded!
Our world, this earth is such a wild place in every sense of the word. It feels so freeing to explore these places and place yourself in earth’s wonder!
Luray Caverns is located at 101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, VA 22835. You can find visitors information on their website by clicking here.