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Laurel Caverns is now open seven days a week through October 31st 724-438-3003

Location

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.

Hours of Operation

Monday           9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Tuesday           9:30 am – 4:00 pm

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

Reservations are not required unless

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

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.

Three Lighted Tour Options

These trips are designed for the general public and do not require special equipment or clothing.

The Staff Monitored Tour

Due to the recent increase in concern regarding the Delta-variant of COVID-19, this 35-45 minute self-guided tour is the suggested option. It covers all of the lighted passages in Laurel Caverns. There is no possibility of getting lost. The route is a one-way loop that begins and returns to the Visitors’ Center. Laurel Caverns staffers monitor it 1,600 foot path. Schools, scouts, and other organizations bringing more than 15 people may request a guide for this part of the cave as well (see group reservations). Because it involves many  steps and its most distant point, the Fault-line Room, is 170 feet below the Visitors’ Center, this option is not recommended for those who would find walking up three flights of stairs to be challenging. It is for this reason the 1964 Tour was created.

Reservations are not needed except for groups of 15 or more people wanting a private guide

The Guided Tour

This 30 minute guided tour shows what one sees while walking the last 500 feet of the self-guided tour. Though there are some slopes, there are no steps. It is the proper choice for those who, for whatever reason, would prefer to avoid stairways and the strenuous 200 foot uphill climb on the staff-monitored tour. No one must wait more than 20 minutes for this tour to depart.

Reservations are not needed except for groups of 15 or more people wanting a private guide

The Combo Tour

This option takes you on the guided tour, orients you to the staff Monitored (self-guided) tour, and then lets you take the self-guided loop that returns you to the Visitors’ Center. Allow about 55 minutes for this option.

Reservations are not needed except for groups of 15 or more people wanting a private guide

Rates for Entering Lighted Portion of Laurel Caverns

These are the same for all three options.

Admission Rate to the Lighted Portion of Laurel Caverns

Adults      –     $ 15 per person

Seniors over 65  –  $12 per person

Mid/Sr High School Students – $12 per person

Children 5 & up – $10 per person

Pre-K  – $3

Infants – no charge

2021 GROUP TOUR POLICY

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.

The Two Laurel Caverns Caving (Spelunking) Trips

These trips are designed for serious caving enthusiasts who are prepared to get dirty, climb through tight spaces and effectively move over large boulders. Multiple light sources, proper clothing and footwear are a must.

Spelunking

The stream through Laurel Caverns exits the mountain about 600 feet in elevation, and several thousand feet beyond, the 1964 Tour area. All of the cave between the Fault-line Room and the “sump,” that point where the stream disappears in the cave before exiting to the surface, is divided into the upper caving area, which takes one about a thousand feet beyond the Fault-line Room, and the lower caving area, which takes one beyond the lowest point in elevation reached by the upper cave trip, the Ball Room, to the sump, that point in Laurel Caverns the furthest from the Visitors Center.

Both Upper and Lower caving trips have in common:

1. Without exception, everyone under the age of 18 must have the trip’s release form signed by a lawful parent or guardian.

2. Laurel Caverns cannot provide lights for these trips without adding $30 to the cost of a ticket. Participants are to bring two sources of light of the kind needed for a night hike.

3. Participants are required to wear shoes with good tread and ankle support that lace ABOVE the ankle. The primary injury on both trips is a twisted ankle.

4. Participants are to remain with the Laurel Caverns caving leader at all times.

5. Group rates are available for schools, religious organizations, scout groups, summer camps, and the like; and both have a caving patch option for scout groups.

6. A private caving leader can only be guaranteed for prepaid groups of 15 or more with reservations made by calling 724-438-3003.

The 10:00 am Open-Registration Lower Caving Tour

These are strenuous trips that require preparation, proper clothing and lighting equipment. Available Saturday’s and Sunday’s only.

Lower Caving Registration

The 10:00 am Open-Registration Lower Caving Tour

To get a sense of the strenuousness of this trip, imaging climbing out the top window of a 45 story building, at night, onto a rock-strewn trail that reaches the ground at a point a mile away. Then imagine, turning around and reclimbing that same trail  back to the top of the building.

Hours of Availability

Three Hour Trip

This three hour trip enters Laurel Caverns at 10:00 am.

Participants are advised to target 9:30 am as their arrival time because late arrivals cannot be accommodated.

Participants are to arrive properly prepared (See the six things the Upper and Lower caving trips have in common.)

Participants must be at least 12 years old. The cost for this trip is $40 per person.

Guests Caving in the Dark at Laurel Caverns

The 2:00 pm Open-Registration Upper Caving Tour

These are strenuous trips that require preparation, proper clothing and lighting equipment available Saturday’s and Sunday’s only.

Upper Caving Registration

The 2:00 pm Open-Registration Upper Caving Tour

To get a sense of the strenuousness of this trip, imaging climbing out the top window of a 20 story building, at night, onto a rock-strewn trail that reaches the ground at a point a half-mile away. Then imagine, turning around and reclimbing that same trail  back to the top of the building.

Hours of Availability

Two Hour Trip

This two hour trip enters Laurel Caverns at 2:00 pm. Participants are advised to target 1:30 pm as their arrival time because late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Participants are to arrive properly prepared (See the six things the Upper and Lower caving trips have in common.) Participants must be at least 9 years old. The cost for this trip is $30 per person.

Participants climbing through Laurel Caverns

LAUREL CAVERNS ATTRACTIONS

At Laurel Caverns, we take learning underground.

Man made cave at Laurel Caverns

The Grottos of Learning

This, the world’s largest simulated limestone cave, was built over a three year period at a cost of $600,000 to be a handicapped accessible experimental cave. Since Laurel Caverns, as a sandstone cave, does not create stalactites, The Grottoes was designed to allow scientists to measure the rate of “soda straw” formation in terms of centimeters per year and also observe how they transition to stalactites. To provide school field trip children with an interesting way of seeing The Grottoes, it was converted to a miniature golf course called: Kavernputt. However, it became obvious that children, golf clubs, and delicate cave formations, are a poor combination.  It is now more aligned with its original purpose. It allows children, with their parents, to have a safe spelunking lantern experience in the darkness of a limestone cave having real stalactites. It is accessible from the Visitors’ Center. The cost is $7 per child and there is no charge for adults, unless unaccompanied by children. Alternatively, children must be accompanied by at least one parent.

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.

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.

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