Laurel Caverns is billed as “Pennsylvania’s Largest Cave”, and is a great way to spend an hour or two BENEATH the Laurel Highlands!
First discovered by Native Americans thousands of years ago, Laurel Caverns has been a popular “show cave” for many decades now.
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.
The entrance along Skyline Drive is well marked and easy to find.
Stay alert for wildlife as you drive 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.
Exploring Laurel Caverns
The tour of Laurel Caverns takes approximately an hour.
The passageways are well-lit, narrow in some places, but certainly easily navigated if you are in average physical condition.
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.
Instead, the rock formations are the main attraction.
Calico Falls is an beautiful underground waterfall along the cavern tour, and this was probably the highlight of the tour for me.
As this is a “show cave” there are lots of colorful lights throughout Laurel Caverns, which cast interesting reflections off the walls.
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.
And as if you need to ask – of course there’s a gift shop!
Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Museum is located just 10 minutes east of Laurel Caverns, along Route 40.
Fallingwater, known as “the best all-time work of American architecture”, is located nearby as well.
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The 10 Best Hiking Trails at Ohiopyle State Park is your insider’s guide to the best hiking in Fayette County.
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