Exploring Laurel Caverns | PA’s Largest Cave

Exploring Laurel Caverns in Fayette County, PA

Laurel Caverns is billed as “Pennsylvania’s Largest Cave”, and is a great way to spend an hour or two BENEATH the Laurel Highlands!

Pillar Rock inside Laurel Caverns.
Pillar Rock inside the caverns.

First discovered by Native Americans thousands of years ago, Laurel Caverns has been a popular “show cave” for many decades now.

The original entrance to Laurel Caverns in Fayette County, PA.
The original entrance to Laurel Caverns in Fayette County.

How to Find Laurel Caverns

Laurel Caverns is located just off of Route 40 (the original National Road for you history buffs) in Fayette County, approximately 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

A map to Laurel Caverns and surrounding attractions in Fayette County, PA.
A map to Laurel Caverns and surrounding attractions in Fayette County, PA.

The entrance along Skyline Drive is well marked and easy to find.

Laurel Caverns entrance along Skyline Drive in Fayette County.
Entrance along Skyline Drive.

Stay alert for wildlife as you drive along Skyline Drive!

Sasquatch sign along Skyline Drive near Laurel Caverns.
Sasquatch sign along Skyline Drive.

If navigating by GPS, use 1065 Skyline Drive, Farmington, PA 15437 as the address – this will take you to the Visitors Center parking lot.

The Visitors Center at Laurel Caverns in the PA Laurel Highlands.
The Visitors Center.

Exploring Laurel Caverns

The tour of Laurel Caverns takes approximately an hour.

Facts and figures about the Laurel Caverns tour.
Facts and figures about the tour.

The passageways are well-lit, narrow in some places, but certainly easily navigated if you are in average physical condition.

Steps descending into Laurel Caverns.
Steps descending into the caverns.

Laurel Caverns is a sandstone cave (possibly the largest in the world), and therefore you won’t see any stalactites here, as you would in a limestone cave.

One of the wider passages through Laurel Caverns in Fayette County.
One of the wider passages through the caverns.

Instead, the rock formations are the main attraction.

The overhead Grand Canyon of Laurel Caverns.

Calico Falls is an beautiful underground waterfall along the cavern tour, and this was probably the highlight of the tour for me.

Calico Falls inside Laurel Caverns.
Calico Falls.

As this is a “show cave” there are lots of colorful lights throughout Laurel Caverns, which cast interesting reflections off the walls.

A pond inside Laurel Caverns.
A pond inside the caverns.

Hours and Admission Prices

Laurel Caverns is open May 1 through October 31, and you can check on current admission prices and practices at their official website.

Chandelier Hall at Laurel Caverns.
Chandelier Hall.

And as if you need to ask – of course there’s a gift shop!

Laurel Caverns gift shop.
Gift shop.

Nearby Attractions

Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Museum is located just 10 minutes east of Laurel Caverns, along Route 40.

Fort Necessity as viewed from the treeline where the French and their Native American allies attacked from.
Fort Necessity as viewed from the treeline where the French and their Native American allies attacked from.

Fallingwater, known as  “the best all-time work of American architecture”, is located nearby as well.

The "classic view" of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in the PA Laurel Highlands.
The “classic view” of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in the PA Laurel Highlands.

10 Must-See Waterfalls at Ohiopyle State Park is your guide to Fayette County’s biggest and best falls.

Selfie at Lower Jonathan Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park
The author at Lower Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

The 10 Best Hiking Trails at Ohiopyle State Park is your insider’s guide to the best hiking in Fayette County.

The author photographing an autumn sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.
The author at Baughman Rock Overlook, Ohiopyle State Park.

The nearby haunted Quaker Church in Fayette County was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

Cemetery gates at the historic (and supposedly haunted) Quaker Church in Fayette County, PA.
Cemetery gates at the historic (and supposedly haunted) Quaker Church in Fayette County, PA.

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