Laurel Caverns Park
Home To Pennsylvania's largest cave.
Over three miles of passages.
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WE ARE NOW CLOSED FOR BAT HIBERNATION SEASON
Our 2019 Season begins Wednesday, April 24,2019
At that time we will be open seven days a week, even holidays until Sunday, October 27, 2019. We are now booking for school field trips, scout programs, and other educationally oriented groups. Please call us at 724-438-3003 with any questions or to make a reservation.
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. If classified as a sandstone cave, it is perhaps the largest sandstone cave in the world. Most of the passage ceilings in its three 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 of any type in Pennsylvania. 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.
Because of its size, three trips are offered. The traditional tour is for families with children and takes one hour. Upper caving is more rigorous and takes two hours. Lower caving is very rigorous and takes visitors the entire three miles to the bottom of the mountain.
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.
Laurel Caverns is also the largest natural bat hibernaculum in the Northeast 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.