Exploring Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County

Visiting Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.

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

Soda straw formations on the ceiling of Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County PA.
“Soda straw” formations on the ceiling of the caverns.

Formerly known as William Penn Caverns in the 1930s, Lincoln Caverns is a family-owned and operated “show cave” that has welcomed tourists for more than 90 years.

Vintage postcard showing the original Lincoln Caverns Visitor Center on the opposite side of Route 22 from where it is today.
Vintage postcard showing the original Visitor Center on the opposite side of Route 22 from where it is today.

Discovered during the construction of Route 22 in 1930, the Lincoln Caverns tour visits both the original cavern as well as Whisper Rocks cavern, discovered just prior to World War 2 on the hill above Lincoln Caverns.

Lincoln Caverns entrance sign along Route 22 near Huntingdon PA.
Entrance sign along Route 22.

Join me now as I show you the best things to see and do at Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County.

A waterfall of minerals inside Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County PA.
A “waterfall” of minerals.

Directions to Lincoln Caverns

The Visitor Center at Lincoln Caverns resembles a log cabin, and is located at 7703 William Penn Hwy, Huntingdon, PA 16652.

Lincoln Caverns Visitor Center along Route 22 in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Visitor Center along Route 22.

If navigating by GPS coordinates, use 40.507339, -78.071384 to navigate to the Lincoln Caverns parking lot along Route 22, just west of downtown Huntingdon, PA.

How to find Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Map to Lincoln Caverns along Route 22.

Inside the Visitor Center at Lincoln Caverns

The Visitor Center at Lincoln Caverns is well stocked with all the typical souvenirs you’d expect to find at a tourist attraction – t-shirts, stickers, magnets, etc.

Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County has a large and well-stocked gift shop.
Souvenirs for sale in the gift shop.

There’s also a nice collection of rocks and gemstones, since many cave enthusiasts are also rock collectors.

Rocks and gemstones for sale in the gift shop at Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County PA.
Rocks and gemstones for sale in the gift shop.

Another popular attraction is a sluice where kids (of all ages) can “pan for gems”, located right next to the Visitor Center.

You can pan for gems in this sluice outside the Lincoln Caverns Visitor Center.
You can pan for gems in this sluice outside the Visitor Center.

Visiting the Caverns

Tours leave from the Visitor Center, and the first stop is Lincoln Caverns.

Stairway leading to the entrance to Lincoln Caverns.
Stairway leading to the entrance to Lincoln Caverns.

Inside Lincoln Caverns you’ll find a dizzying array of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, “cave popcorn” and even “cave bacon”!

Flowstone formations inside Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County PA.
Flowstone formations inside the caverns.

Most of the passageways are large and easy to navigate, although there are a few tighter spots here and there.

One of the beautiful passageways through Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County PA.
One of the beautiful passageways through the caverns.

The tour guide will point out some of the especially-attractive formations, like the “Frozen Niagara”, which measures 90 feet long and 110 feet high.

Waterfall-like formation inside Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
The Frozen Niagara.

Touring Whisper Rocks Cavern

The second part of the tour takes you up a set of stairs to the entrance to Whisper Rocks cavern, located up the hill from Lincoln Caverns.

Stairs leading to Whisper Rocks cavern in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Stairs leading to Whisper Rocks cavern.

Whisper Rocks is a multi-room cavern that, in my opinion, is probably even more photogenic than Lincoln Caverns.

Exploring Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks cavern in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Inside Whisper Rocks cavern.

Whisper Rocks was added to the tour in the 1960s, and is named for the “whispering” sounds air makes as it passes through the caverns.

Passageway at Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Passageway through the caverns.

The largest room on the tour of Whisper Rocks is known as The Cathedral, and according to the tour guide people really have held weddings inside the caverns.

Whisper Rocks Cavern in Huntingdon COunty PA.
Whisper Rocks Cavern.

Lincoln Caverns Visitor Information

Lincoln Caverns is open daily from 9 am – 4 pm, with ticket prices varying depending on what type of tour you are taking.

Lincoln Caverns is open daily from 9 am until 4 pm.
Tours are offered daily from 9 am until 4 pm.

In addition to regular sightseeing tours, they hosts school field trips, scout camps, holiday-themed tours, and even blacklight tours on select dates during the year – you can find dates and pricing for all of these by visiting the Lincoln Caverns OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

Lincoln Caverns offers a blacklight tour on select days during the year.
Lincoln Caverns offers a blacklight tour on select days during the year.

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 is home to the largest stalagmite in Pennsylvania.

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

The overhead Grand Canyon of Laurel Caverns.
The “Overhead Grand Canyon” at Laurel Caverns.

Coral Caverns is home to the remains of a 420 million year old coral reef that formed off the coast of modern-day Virginia and migrated (via plate tectonics and continental drift) to Bedford County over the eons.

Exploring Coral Caverns in Bedford County Pennsylvania.
Inside Coral Caverns show cave in Bedford County.

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

Some of the flat-bottom boats used to give tours of Penn's Cave.
Some of the flat-bottom boats used to give tours of Penn’s Cave.

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.

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

Exploring Indian Echo Caverns near Hershey Pennsylvania.
Scenes from Indian Echo Caverns.

Tytoona Cave in Blair County  is owned by the National Speleological Society, and is maintained as a “natural cave”.

Exploring Tytoona Cave in Blair County Pennsylvania.
Entrance to Tytoona Cave in Blair County.


Nearby Attractions

Hawn’s Overlook is the most famous of four scenic overlooks at Raystown Lake.

Looking out over Raystown Lake from Hawn's Overlook.
Hawn’s Overlook at Raystown Lake.

The 1000 Steps along the Standing Stone Trail is one of the most famous hikes in Huntingdon County.

A section of the 1000 Steps in Huntingdon County.
A section of the 1000 Steps in Huntingdon County.

The Isett Heritage Museum houses and displays over 40,000 items from everyday life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Vintage kitchen appliances on display at the Isett Heritage Museum In Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Vintage kitchen appliances at the Isett Heritage Museum.

The Swigart Auto Museum in Huntingdon County is the oldest automobile museum in the United States!

The Swigart Museum features between 30 and 35 cars on display each year from their larger collection.
The Swigart Museum displays between 30 and 35 cars each year, from their larger collection.

17 Must-See Attractions in Huntingdon County is your guide to even more great destinations near Lincoln Caverns.

The East Broad Top Railroad in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.
The East Broad Top Railroad in Huntingdon County.

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