Laurel Caverns Park
Home To Pennsylvania's largest cave.
Over three miles of passages.
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WE NOW OPEN EVERYDAY – EVEN HOLIDAYS – FOR 2018
No reservations will be needed for families or groups having less than 15 people. A 55 minute long traditional tour will depart every 20 minutes beginning at 9:00 am every day, 7 days a week – even holidays, all season long with the last tour entering the cave at 4:30 pm. Our 2018 season ends Sunday, October 28th. Our 2019 Season begins Saturday, April 13,2019
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.