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2021 TOUR

This 2021 Tour is self guided due to social-distancing guidelines.

Due to Federal and State guidelines requiring social-distancing, mask-wearing, and other COVID-related constraints and until these constraints are no longer required in Pennsylvania, admittance to Laurel Caverns is limited to the lighted portion of Laurel Caverns. Visitors are expected to arrive wearing facemasks and to understand that we must, by law, enforce Federal and State guidelines.

Reservations are not required.

Unless an accommodation is needed requiring a private staffer.

2021 Days and Hours

For its 2021 season, Laurel Caverns is open every week, Wednesday through Sunday, for self-guided tours in the lighted portion of the cave. Reservations are not necessary except for groups or those needing special arrangements (724-438-3003).

Monday             Closed 

Tuesday             Closed

Wednesday   9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday       9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Friday            9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday        9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday          9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Admission Rate to the Lighted Portion of Laurel Caverns

Adults                         $ 15

Youth (ages 5 – 17)     $ 10

Children (ages 0 – 4)   $ 00


Reservations are required if one wishes to bring a group of fifteen or more from a legally 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.


At Laurel Caverns, we take learning underground.


Caving is the more contemporary term for what is popularly called spelunking.  It refers to going into a cave completely in its natural state.

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


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.

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. For its 2021 season, Laurel Caverns is open between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm every Wednesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

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.

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