If you’re looking for information about Tytoona Cave in Blair County, Pennsylvania then you’re in the right place!
Tytoona Cave is located in Sinking Valley, Blair County, between the cities of Tyrone and Altoona (thus the cave’s name).
The cave and the surrounding 6.8 acres of property is owned by the National Speleological Society (NSS), based in Huntsville, Alabama.
The cave is managed as part of a nature preserve, open to visitors from 6AM to 9PM.
According to the NSS, “The first 1,000 feet of the cave are easily accessible by novices and is an excellent location to educate visitors about the cave’s geology and hydrology”.
Sinking Run flows through the cave, rising back to the surface over a mile away at Arch Spring (on private property, but readily visible from Kettle Road).
Historical records of the cave date back to 1788, and it was noted on county maps from the early 1800s.
How to Find Tytoona Cave
Tytoona Cave is easy to find, as it’s marked on Google Maps and shows up on most vehicle GPS navigation systems.
Parking is at a pull-off along the berm of Morrow Road, at GPS coordinates 40.602166, -78.217494.
The entrance to the Nature Preserve is well marked and visible from the road.
At the entrance kiosk you’ll find some rules and regulations, as well as pamphlets on Tytoona Cave, the NSS, and bats.
Just beyond the kiosk, a set of wooden stairs leads to the bottom of the sinkhole and the cave entrance.
Exploring Tytoona Cave
Tytoona Cave is open to responsible caving all year, according to the NSS website.
On a typical summer afternoon you can expect to find young and old alike enjoying the scenery at the cave and nature preserve.
If you’re visiting in the winter, I HIGHLY recommend microspikes or crampons to get down to stream level, and as always, EXPLORE AT YOUR OWN RISK!
The cave entrance, located in a massive bed of Trenton limestone, measures about 40 feet across and 12 feet high.
The first 1,000 feet of Tytoona Cave is essentially a horizontal walking passage, but going any further requires diving equipment – do not attempt this without permission of the NSS!
Not wanting to disturb any bats that may hibernate in the cave, I venture no further than just inside the entrance when visiting in the winter.
But even that makes the trip to the cave worthwhile, as there are indeed some unique ice formations to be found.
Tytoona Cave is certainly one of the more interesting natural attractions in Blair County, and well worth a visit if you’re passing through central PA!
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14 Must-See Attractions in Blair County is your guide to even more great things to see and do near Tytoona Cave!
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