We are on vacation this week in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. One of the highlights of our trip has been a visit to Luray Caverns.
A truly spectacular site, Luray Caverns have been visited by the public since they were first discovered in 1878. I couldn’t help but wonder what the original discoverers must have thought when they first set eyes on the caverns. It must have been so terrifying, walking where no human has ever walked before, and so very exciting too.
There are 70 steps down to reach the cavern, and no elevator service! We brought the stroller for A, but I had to carry her on the stairs and Mr. Musings carried the stroller. The path through the caverns was about 1.5 miles long and took a little over an hour to tour. There were quite a few steep inclines along the way, so, the walk with the stroller a real workout!
At the deepest point, we were 165 feet below the surface. What a feeling! Walking far beneath the earth’s surface, in a cave that is still growing and changing, and has been for many millions of years!
We saw a drapery formation called Saracen’s Tent that is considered one of the most perfect draperies ever discovered. It really looks like curtains too!
The Dream Lake
The Dream Lake is truly magical. It’s the largest body of water in the caverns, and, is only about 18 inches at its deepest point. The lake reflects the formations above, making a mirror image on the surface that is breathtaking.
The Wishing Well
One of my favorite spots was the Wishing Well. It’s set up as a memorial to the veterans of Page County, VA and many coins collected from the well over the years have been donated to various charities.
And this fried egg formation was really fun too!
We loved visiting Luray Caverns. A was so well-behaved the whole time. Even with some of the steep slopes, it was really manageable with a stroller. I kept thinking how fun it would be to visit again, when A is older, so she would really be able to enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty of the caverns. And remember it too!