LAUREL CAVERNS IS NOW OPEN FOR ITS 60TH SEASON

Mailing Address

Mailing Address

Laurel Caverns

P. O. Box 62,

Hopwood, PA

15445

DO NOT SEND MAIL TO OUR PHYSICAL ADDRESS, PLEASE USE THIS MAILING ADDRESS.

Hours of Operation

Our Schedule for Every week, without exception, including holidays, through the last Sunday in October

Monday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuesday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Laurel Caverns GPS Location

Physical Address

GPS 1065 Skyline Drive, Farmington, PA 15437

Laurel Caverns is off route 40 east of Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Geographically, it is about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh

Nearby sites are: The Summit Inn, Fort Necessity National Park,

Nemacolin Woodlands, Ohiopyle State Park, Kentuck Knob, and Fallingwater

Rain is never a problem. The cave temperature is a constant 52 degrees.

Important Information

Reservations are not required unless

Reservations are only needed for groups of 15 or more people wanting a private tour.

Scout troops need to call for reservations, regardless of numbers so they can be put on our schedule.

Reservations are required if one wishes to bring a group of fifteen or more from a lawfully structured educational institution (schools, summer camps, scout groups, church groups, etc.)

Please call 724-438-3003 and ask for Lillian to get group rates, discuss combining the guided tour with the self-guided option, learn more, have accommodation questions answered, and/or book a tour.

The Five Ways to See Laurel Caverns

1. The Traditional Guided Tour

This option has no steps, involves 600 feet of walking over the easiest trails in the lit portion of Laurel Caverns. It is available seven days a week between 9:00 am & 4:00 pm. Tours leave every twenty minutes and last about a half hour. This tour is designed for the general public and does not require special equipment or clothing, other than a light jacket or sweater. The cave temperature is 52o year-round. Those who take this option may also take the Self-Guided Tour at no additional cost.

Rates are:

  • $17  age 18-65

  • $15  over age 65

  • $13  age 12-17

  • $11  age 5-11

  • $3  4 & under.

  • $0 Infants. 

Laurel Caverns Tour Guide Giving Traditional Tour

2. The Self-Guided Tour

This option has about 100 steps and involves 800 feet of walking over the most difficult trails in the lit portion of Laurel Caverns. It is available seven days a week between 9:00 am & 4:00 pm. A brief orientation is provided and the tour lasts about a half hour. It does not include the traditional tour path. It is ideal for those in excellent health with a tight schedule. It also serves those who already know the cave’s history and geology, either from this website or the traditional tour. Rates are: $17- age 18-65; $15- over age 65; $13- age 12-17; $11- age 5-11; $3- 4 & under. $0- Infants.

Rates are:

  • $17  age 18-65

  • $15  over age 65

  • $13  age 12-17

  • $11  age 5-11

  • $3  4 & under.

  • $0 Infants. 

Laurel Caverns Mom and Daughter on a tour

3. Field Trips, Scouts, and Group Tours

To meet the often-specialized needs of schools, summer camps, scout groups, church youth groups, family reunions, and the like, this option has many options. Accommodation needs are extremely important, though often challenging to meet due the natural architecture of Laurel Caverns. For groups wanting add-ons, Laurel Caverns offers its Fun Patch Program, Panning for Gemstones, The Grottoes of Learning, and even grab bags. Specialized geology programs are also available. Call Lillian at 724-438-3003 for rates, requests, reservations, and answers to your questions.

Rates are:

  • $17  age 18-65

  • $15  over age 65

  • $13  age 12-17

  • $11  age 5-11

  • $3  4 & under.

  • $0 Infants. 

Laurel Caverns Caving with guests detail

4. The Introduction to Cave Exploring Program

This was created for those not wanting, or not qualifying for the Laurel Caverns Half-Day and All-Day Caving Programs.

 Rate: $20 per participant regardless of age

 

For Walk-Ins

This caving program is offered every Saturday & Sunday at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

For scouts, religious organizations, schools, & summer camps

This caving program is offered every day at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Call: 724-438-3003 for group rates and reservations

Requirements

1. Participants must have reached their 9th birthday.

2. All participants should wear long pants and long-sleeved shirt/sweater suitable for crawling.

3. All participants must wear firmly fitting hiking shoes, tennis shoes, or the like, with good tread.

4. All groups must have at least one supervising adult participant.

5. The Half-Day Cave Exploring Program

This was created for those not wanting the All-Day Caving Program. 

 Rate: $40 per participant regardless of age

For Walk-Ins

This caving program is offered every Saturday & Sunday at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

For scouts, religious organizations, schools, & summer camps

This caving program is offered every day at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Call: 724-438-3003 for group rates and reservations

 

Requirements

1. Participants must have reached their 12th birthday.

2. All participants should wear long pants and long-sleeved shirt/sweater suitable for crawling.

3. All participants must wear firmly fitting shoes, with good tread, that lace above the ankles.

4. All participants must bring two sources of light.

4. All groups must have at least one supervising adult participant.

5. All participants must sign the Laurel Caverns Caving Release Form 

6. Parental Release Form co-signatures are required for participants under 18 years old.

All Day Caving at Laurel Caverns

Laurel Caverns Caving Map

(Click to expand map made by Ryan Maurer Cartologist)

Map of Laurel Caverns

ADDITIONAL LAUREL CAVERNS ATTRACTIONS

At Laurel Caverns, we take learning underground.

Man made cave at Laurel Caverns

The Grottos of Learning

With about 10,000 sq. ft. the Grottoes is the largest simulated cave in the world. It was created for the purpose of studying the birth and growth rate of stalactites. Here, children may see real stalactites while, with the lanterns provided, safely explore a dark cave. They are also invited to play archeologist and find 12 animal paintings put there by “prehistoric cavemen.” This is an ideal cave exploring activity for children between 4 and 9 years of age.

Rates are:

  • $7 Regular Rate

  • $6 Group Rate

Panning for Gemstones

Panning for Gemstones

This popular activity is done in a cave-like setting in a room adjacent to the Laurel Caverns Gift Shop. Participants are given a card showing all the gems they might find, a sand-filled bag containing those gems, a bag to hold the gems, and a sifting tray. They then work the tray in a waist-high water trough that simulates those used to pan for gold in he 1800s. The cost per bag varies with size and market conditions, but there is an effort to keep the cost at Laurel Caverns below what is charged elsewhere.

Laurel Caverns Family Lookout

Family Lookout

Lookout off the back deck of the Laurel Caverns facility and see a beautiful view high above on Chestnut Ridge.

Laurel Caverns Virtual Tour

VIRTUAL TOUR

Support Laurel Caverns Conservancy by taking our

Welcome to Laurel Caverns. It’s our hope that you will participate in our virtual tour with David Cale. By renting this video you are helping the Laurel Caverns Conservancy preserve Laurel Caverns for future generations. We thank you and hope you enjoy this virtual tour.

Laurel Caverns is an incredible place and your patronage is greatly appreciated.

We have a dedicated staff

From management to guides and everyone in between Laurel Caverns staff are local professionals.

Certified Experience

Our caving staff are seasoned professionals with first aid and current CPR certifications.

Our Tours are reasonably priced

Laurel Caverns receives no public funding.  Yet, its ticket prices are at or below those of other caves.  By visiting Laurel Caverns you are helping the Laurel Caverns Conservancy preserve the largest natural bat hibernaculum in the northeast United States, and the 435 acres above its four miles of passages, for future generations. 

Located in Fayette County PA

Laurel Caverns is 8 miles from Hopwood, PA 15445 and 11 miles from Farmington, PA 15437, surrounded by the Forbes State Forest.

Souvenir Shop

Reasonably priced items are available so that every child can afford a souvenir. Also available, if shopping time is a problem for school groups, are pre-set souvenir packages of a variety of items.

Group Arrangements

Reservations are required if one wishes to bring a group of fifteen or more from a lawfully structured educational institution (schools, summer camps, scout groups, church groups, etc.). Please call 724-438-3003 and ask for Lillian to get group rates, book a group tour, or make other special arrangements.

Home to Pennsylvania’s largest cave.

Laurel Caverns

Laurel Caverns is 8 miles from Hopwood, PA 15445 and 11 miles from Farmington, PA 15437, surrounded by the Forbes State Forest.  For purposes of GPS, put in 1065 Skyline Drive, Farmington, Pennsylvania.  Please read our directions.

Laurel Caverns is a large natural calcareous sandstone cave located 50 miles south of Pittsburgh.   Most of the passage ceilings in its four mile labyrinth are between ten and twenty feet high (many as high as 50 feet) with an average width of over twelve feet.  This makes it the largest cave in Pennsylvania.  If classified as a sandstone cave, it is the largest sandstone cave in the world.  The cave itself is situated beneath a 435 acre privately owned geological preserve.  Because this property is at the top of Chestnut Ridge, all of the water that enters the cave is pristine.

The cost of maintaining this preserve is only funded by cave admissions, program admissions, and our gift shop.  No local, state or federal tax dollars are used for either the support of this private preservation initiative or for the support of its educational programs.  For this reason your patronage is greatly appreciated.

Because of its size, Laurel Caverns is also the largest natural bat hibernaculum in the north-eastern United States.  In commitment to its preservation mission, the cave is closed during winter months for the bat’s winter hibernation season.  Therefore, visitors will not likely see bats since the cave is open during the spring, summer, and fall months when bats have left the cave.

Local Accommodations, Campgrounds & Interests

 
Benner's Meadow Run Camping and Cabins
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Heritage Reservation
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
Falling Water Logo
Kentuck Knob Logo
Poylmath Park Tree Tops Restaurant
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Greater Allegheny Passage
Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau Logo

Directions & Phone Information

GPS Location

Physical Address

GPS 1065 Skyline Drive, Farmington, PA 15437

Laurel Caverns is off route 40 east of Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Geographically, it is about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh

Nearby sites are: The Summit Inn, Fort Necessity National Park,

Nemacolin Woodlands, Ohiopyle State Park, Kentuck Knob, and Fallingwater

Rain is never a problem. The cave temperature is a constant 52 degrees.

Google Map

Mailing Address

Physical Mail this address please

MAILING ADDRESS:

Laurel Caverns

P. O. Box 62,

Hopwood, PA

15445

Hours of Operation

When we open on April 18th 2024 Following Days and times we are open

Monday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuesday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Call For Tour Information

Call for Tour Information

Call For Tour Information

800.515.4150

Local Information for problems or questions

724.438.3003