Shenandoah Caverns, located just one mile from the northern entrance to Skyline Drive (or off Exit 13 from I-66), is, according to The Washington Post, “the closest show cave to Washington DC….”
The Skyline Caverns have adopted a happy medium between cavern-only purists and those caverns that are only distinguished from DisneyLand with some difficulty. In addition to the Skyline Caverns Proper, there is also an “Enchanted Dragon Mirror Maze,” and The Skyline Arrow, a “one-fifth scale miniature train.”
Skyline Caverns were discovered in 1937, relatively late in comparison to their other Shenandoah Valley cavern cousins. Tours are conducted throughout the caverns on lighted walkways at a comfortable – and constant – 54* F temperature. “Knowledgeable and courteous” guides conduct you tour lest you miss any of the special sites.
Anthrodites or “Orchids of the Mineral Kingdom” are phenomena unique to the Skyline Caverns. These rarities are said to grow “only one inch every 7,000 years.” Other cavern sights and “must-sees” include “The Shrine,” the “Wishing Well and Waterfall,” a giant “flowstone,” and the underground “Fairyland Lake.”
In addition to the caverns, you can search for the elusive Dragon’s Eggin the Enchanted Dragon Mirror, designed by Adrian Fisher and recently completed.
Or, take a ride on the Skyline Arrow and enjoy the view above ground.
Tours are available in Spanish if arranged beforehand.
10344 Stonewall Jackson Highway
Front Royal, VA 22630
Hours of Operation:
Open Year Round:
March 15th to June 14th, 9 AM with last tours beginning at 5 PM, 6 PM (weekends)
June 15th to Labor Day, 9 AM with last tour at 6 PM
Labor Day to November 14th, 9 AM with last tours beginning at 5 PM, 6 PM (weekends)
November 15th to March 14th, 9 AM with no tours after 4 PM
Cost of Admission to the Caverns:
All major credit cards accepted
Children, 7-13: $8
Children, 6 & under: No charge
Senior Citizens, 62+, $14
Armed Services personnel and their dependents as well as travel agents and auto club members: $2 discount per adult, $1 discount per child.
Group Rates available upon special request.
Skyline Caverns: Family of Attractions, Tourist Information Booklet, undated.
Karen-Lee Ryan, The Washington Post, February 13, 2004.