Exploring Indian Echo Caverns Near Hershey

Exploring Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey Pennsylvania.

Indian Echo Caverns is a beautiful “show cave” located 3 miles west of Hershey in Dauphin County.

Standing in the Indian Ballroom at Indian Echo Caverns.
Standing in the “Indian Ballroom” inside the caverns.

Because the temperature inside the caverns is a constant 52 degrees, this makes it a particularly attractive place to explore on a hot summer day when visiting the Hershey area.

Indian Echo Caverns is a constant 52 degrees.
Indian Echo Caverns is a constant 52 degrees.

History of Indian Echo Caverns

The caverns are named in honor of the Susquehannock Indians, who are believed to have been the first humans to explore the caverns.

Indian Echo Caverns is named in honor of the Susquehannock Indians who were probably the first humans to explore the caverns.
Indian Echo Caverns are named in honor of the Susquehannock Indians, who were probably the first humans to explore the caverns.

For nineteen years (1802–1821) the caverns were the home of William Wilson, known as the “Pennsylvania Hermit”.

The area of Indian Echo Caverns where the Pennsylvania Hermit. William Wilson, lived from 1802-1821.
The area of the caverns where the “Pennsylvania Hermit” William Wilson lived from 1802-1821.

Indian Echo Caverns first opened to the public in 1929, closed during the Great Depression, then reopened in 1942 under new ownership.

Indian Echo Caverns were first opened as a "show cave" in 1929.
Indian Echo Caverns were first opened as a “show cave” in 1929.

Touring Indian Echo Caverns

Tours start on a hillside near the visitor center, and descend 71 steps to the cave entrance.

Descending the steps to the entrance of Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey Pennsylvania.
Descending the steps to the entrance of the caverns.

Because of the stairs and the sometimes-narrow and uneven passageways in the caverns themselves, the tour is not wheelchair accessible.

The stairway leading to and from the entrance to Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey Pennsylvania.
The stairway leading to and from the entrance to the caverns.

Tours take 45-50 minutes and are led by a professional guide.

Tour guide pointing out features inside Indian Echo Caverns in Hummelstown Pennsylvania.
Tour guide pointing out features inside Indian Echo Caverns.

Along the way you’ll learn about the history and geology of this subterranean world, making this a fun AND educational tour.

Exploring a passageway inside Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey Pennsylvania.
Exploring a passageway inside Indian Echo Caverns.

This large flowstone formation is known as the “Pipe Organ”.

Large flowstone formations inside Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey.
Large flowstone formations inside the caverns.

Perhaps my favorite feature inside the caverns was this crystal-clear pool of water, surrounded by beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.

A beautiful pool of water inside Indian Echo Caverns.
A beautiful pool of water inside the caverns.

The Petting Zoo at Indian Echo Caverns

The Discovery Barnyard is a free petting zoo located near the visitor center.

Petting an alpaca in the Discovery Barnyard at Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey Pennsylvania.
Petting an alpaca in the Discovery Barnyard.

Goats, alpacas, chickens, peacocks, and a turkey can be found in the various enclosures in the petting zoo.

Baby goat in the petting zoo at Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey Pennsylvania.
Baby goat in the petting zoo at Indian Echo Caverns.

If you want to feed the animals, there are coin-op food dispensers located near the pens.

A goat enclosure in the petting zoo portion of Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey.
A goat enclosure in the petting zoo.

Gem Mill Junction

No show cave is complete without a “gem mine”, and Indian Echo Caverns has Gem Mill Junction to indulge your desire to pan for gems (or arrowheads, or fossils, or even old coins).

A prospector near the gem panning area at Indian Echo Caverns in Hershey Pennsylvania.
A “prospector” near the gem panning area.

The gem panning set-up at Indian Echo Caverns is one of the nicer sluices I’ve encountered, complete with a working water wheel, and believe me I’ve done this countless times at show caves all across the country!

Panning for gems at Indian Echo Caverns in Hershey Pennsylvania.
A veteran of the gem-panning routine.

The Gift Shop

Indian Echo Caverns has a well-stocked gift shop, complete with jewelry, clothing, toys, minerals, magnets, and handmade Native American artwork.

Indian Echo Caverns has a well stocked gift shop.
The caverns visitor center has a well stocked gift shop.

The prices seemed quite reasonable as well, certainly on par with all the other show caves in Pennsylvania.

Indian Echo Caverns t-shirts in the gift shop.
T-shirts for sale in the gift shop.

Hours and Directions

Indian Echo Caverns is open daily from 10 am-4 pm, and Memorial Day – Labor Day from 9 am-5 pm; be sure to check their OFFICIAL WEBSITE before visiting to make sure there are no last minute closures.

Indian Echo Caverns is a great place to spend a few hours when visiting Hershey Pennsylvania.
Summer hours.

The entrance to the caverns is located at 368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036.

Entrance sign at Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey PA.
Entrance sign along Middletown Road.

If navigating by GPS, use coordinates 40.254055, -76.717105 to find the caverns.

Map to Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey Pennsylvania.
Map to Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey.

Admission prices are $22 for Adults (ages 12 and over), $20 for Seniors (ages 65 and over), $13 for Children (ages 2-11), and Children under 2 are FREE.

The entrance to Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey Pennsylvania..
Indian Echo Caverns is a great family-friendly place to spend a few hours near Hershey.

Nearby Attractions

Hershey Gardens is 23 acres of themed gardens, statues, ponds, and botanical beauty.

Exploring Hershey Gardens and Butterfly Atrium in Dauphin County Pennsylvania
Hershey Gardens.

Located on a hill directly across the road from the entrance to Hersheypark, Hershey Gardens is a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of the busy theme park.

The Japanese Garden at Hershey Gardens garden features giant sequoias, Dawn Redwood trees, and Japanese maples.
The Japanese Garden at Hershey Gardens features giant sequoias, Dawn Redwood trees, and Japanese maples.

Hersheypark is PA’s largest and most-visited theme park, located in the town that bills itself as “the sweetest place on Earth”!

Exploring Hersheypark - PA's Sweetest Amusement Park
Scenes from Hersheypark.

Crystal Cave in Berks County was the first “show cave” to open in Pennsylvania, with official tours beginning shortly after it was discovered in 1871!

Exploring Crystal Cave in Berks County Pennsylvania
Scenes from Crystal Cave in Berks County.

Lost River Caverns near Allentown gets its name from an entirely underground river system that passes through the cave.

Lost River Caverns tours near Allentown Pennsylvania
Lost River Caverns near Allentown.

Woodward Cave in Centre County contains 5 large rooms, hundreds of yards of tunnels and passageways, and the largest stalagmite in Pennsylvania!

Exploring Woodward Cave in Centre County PA
Woodward Cave in Centre County.

Penn’s Cave in Centre County offers the only cavern tour in the United States that is conducted completely by boat!

Entering Penn's Cave through the back entrance on Lake Nitanee.
Entering Penn’s Cave by boat.

Lincoln Caverns gives visitors the opportunity to explore an incredibly beautiful world far below the surface of Huntingdon County!

Visiting Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County.

Coral Caverns in Bedford County is home to a 420-million year old fossilized coral reef!

Exploring Coral Caverns in Bedford County Pennsylvania.
Coral Caverns in Bedford County.

Laurel Caverns is billed as “Pennsylvania’s Largest Cave”, and is a great way to spend an hour or two beneath Fayette County.

The overhead Grand Canyon of Laurel Caverns.
The overhead Grand Canyon of Laurel Caverns.

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