Luray Caverns Virginia

January 23rd, 2008

We took advantage of the long MLK weekend to venture down to the Shenandoah Valley. On our trip down we stopped at Luray Caverns.

Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns is the largest caverns on the East Coast. It has been privately owned and operated by the same family since its discovery, and used to be a travelers’ destination and railway stop, frequented by visitors all over the globe. Unfortunately, due to private ownership, and a lack of proper preservation methods in place during the early days, the caverns are not completely intact.

Luray Caverns

They used to encourage visitors to break off stalactites to take home as souvenirs. As a result, many of the structures along the corridors are broken off. And then, of course, nature also broke off some huge pieces, such as the multi-ton piece shown above.

Luray Caverns

There are all sorts of structures that formed naturally in the cave. Many of the formations look as if they were handcrafted from plastic, but they reassured us that they with the work of mother nature.

Luray Caverns - Reflecting Pool

Throughout the caverns, many reflecting pools reflect the ceiling, making for some very unique looking illusions, such as the one above. Again, it looks like something from another world.

Luray Caverns - Eggs

One of the things I remembered from the caverns when I visited them as a child was the sunny-side-up eggs. This is another case where they broke off a structure, and the resulting inner core looked like a fried egg, so they added it to their tour.

Luray Caverns - Tower

There are some huge structures underground, such as this enormous tower above. I estimate that it’s probably 5 stories tall, and a very impressive feature of an even larger room.

Luray Caverns - Wishing Pool

Toward the end of the tour, they encourage visitors to toss coinage into their wishing pool. Yes, the pool is green from all of the copper coins. They say that they clean out the pool every year and donate it to charity. Despite painting a somewhat negative view of the Luray Caverns company, I really did enjoy our visit. The shear enormity of the caverns, as well as, the unique structures within make the trip worth it.

5 Responses to “Luray Caverns Virginia”

  1. Denise Says:

    WE got to go to California Cavern in California this summer. There is one room that was kept hidden until about 1989(I think) it is absolutelybeautiful! It is nice to see untouched rooms in a commercial cave..Luray looks like it has some good points! Glad you had fun.. no cave fish eh?

  2. guitarfish Says:

    That’s cool about California Cavern! I’m hoping to get out to Carlsbad Caverns sometime in NM. I didn’t see any fish in the water. There weren’t even bats, since the only entrance to the cave is via the visitor center building.

  3. Holy G Says:

    Magestic Pictures, Amazing what God creates.

  4. guitarfish Says:

    Sure is! Thanks for the comment Holy G.

  5. maddy Says:

    I saw the luray caverns, they were awesome!!