Plan your visit to grand caverns

What to Bring

Feel free to bring a camera; however, we ask that you please refrain from using tripods or delaying your tour group when taking photos.

What to Wear

Closed toed shoes or boots with GOOD TREAD are required. Long-sleeved shirts & long pants are required.

Know Before You Go

  • You’ll get suited with Helmets, Headlights, Knee Pads & Gloves
  • For a “less adventurous” experience, you can use the 1800’s pathway; Or opt to have a true caving experience with opportunities for strenuous climbing & crawling
  • Must be accompanied by an adult if under 18 years old
  • You will be required to complete a waiver upon arrival
  • Arrive 15-20 minutes before your scheduled tour time

Hours

The hours below are a reflection of the Stong Lodge Welcome Center and gift shop. Tour times fluctuate seasonally. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Jan 1 - March 31

Daily: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed: January 1 New Year's Day
Open: Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President's Day

April 1 - October 31

Daily: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open: Easter, Memorial Day, June 19 Juneteenth, July 4 Independence Day, Labor Day, and Indigenous People's Day

November 1 - Decmber 31

Daily: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open: Election Day, Veterans Day
Closed: Thanksgiving, December 24 Christmas Eve, December 25 Christmas Day

know before you go

Backpack.

The gift shop

Find out about the gift shop, hours, gift cards, and more.

Map.

Directions

5 Grand Caverns Dr

Grottoes, Virginia 24441

Fern leaf.

Accessibility

Learn about our accessibility accommodations.

Chair.

rentals

You can rent shelters and more at the park.

directions

Address

Contact Us

Hours

park experience

Welcome! Explore our river-side walking paths, high elevation hiking trails, natural playground, and other park amenities.

Hiking in a 100 acre park

Grand Caverns Walking Tours

Adventure Spelunking

Explore Premier tours at Grand Caverns

Woman on a cave tour at Grand Caverns.

Geology Tours

On a geology tour you will learn about unique speleothems, crystals, minerals, and the geologic timescales of Grand Caverns. On this tour you will hear about the exciting research conducted in Cave Hill.

Group tours at Grand Caverns.

History Tours

Grand Caverns is the longest continuously operating show cave in the United States, having opened in 1806. It is a point of international tourism, endured the Civil War, and has a unique luminary design. On this tour, your experience Grand Caverns by candlelight. The history tours are recommended for adults, last for two hours, and are offered every Friday.

walking tours

Cavern tours provide fun and educational activities for the entire family ages 3 and up. Walking tours are offered daily and last for 70 minutes.

prices and tickets

what to know

get dirty. get tired. get caving.

At Grand Caverns you can have your choice of exploration. Here are the three spelunking tours available for your next underground journey.

Man crawling in a cave at Grand Caverns.

Rock Bottom

From $65 | 2 Hours | Ages 12+ | Read More

People crawling in a cave.

Grottoes Crawl

From $80 | 3 Hours | Ages 16+ | Read More

People exploring a cave with lights.

The Gauntlet

From $120 | 3-4 Hours | Ages 16+ | Read More