EXPLORE THE CAVERNS

On October 1, 1879, two boys and their dogs pursued a rabbit up the slope of a mountain pasture on Reuben Zirkle’s farm. The rabbit sought refuge under a boulder, prompting the boys to move it. To their amazement, a wondrous underground world unfolded before their eyes.

Soon after the discovery, the Zirkles began offering candle-lit tours. In 1919 Colonel E.T. Brown purchased the property and installed lights throughout the caverns. Endless Caverns officially opened as a show cave on August 14, 1920.

Despite years of exploration, the labyrinth of winding passages and expansive chambers showed no signs of reaching an end. This subterranean realm was dubbed the “Endless Caverns,” which continues to live up to that name today.

During your 75-minute guided tour, a knowledgeable guide will share our world-famous cave’s unique geology and fascinating history. Explore the geologic beauty of this six-mile-long cave at the foot of the Massanutten Mountain range, featuring seemingly “endless” tunnels and chambers. Our friendly and experienced cavern guides will surely provide a memorable tour of this underground limestone masterpiece.

Whether you drive in for a day trip or book a camping stay, our Endless Caverns are a must-see for the whole family. Knowledgeable guides will talk about the history and teach you about the geology of this subterranean treasure.

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ABOUT ENDLESS CAVERNS

Discovered back in 1879 as simply a deep, dark hole covered by boulders this beautiful underground treasure has been fascinating visitors for nearly 150 years. Sitting at the base of the Massanutten Mountain range, this six-mile cave system still has areas that have yet to be explored. Traverse the various cave rooms as you make your way through this timeless limestone masterpiece.

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TOUR DETAILS

Tour Hours

Spring Tour Hours
Tours are held every two (2) hours from April 1st to Memorial Day

  • 10am
  • 12pm
  • 2pm
  • 4pm

 

Summer Tour Hours
Tours are held every hour (1) from Memorial Day through Labor Day

  • 10am
  • 11am
  • 12pm
  • 1pm
  • 2pm
  • 3pm
  • 4pm (last tour)

 

Fall Tour Hours: Day after Labor Day – November 15th
Tours are held every two (2) hours from the day after Labor Day to November 15th

  • Monday-Friday: 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 4pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

Tour Rates

REGULAR RATES:
Adults: $25
Children aged 4-12: $14
Children 3 and under: Free

 

CAMPER RATES:
Receive $5 off with your overnight stay

Tour Rules + Information

*Caverns are not handicap accessible and require the use of multiple staircases.

  • Please keep in mind that this is a cave with steps, slopes, and uneven surfaces.
  • The tour lasts approximately 75 minutes and is just under 1 mile in length.
  • This is the longest commercial cave tour in the state of Virginia!
  • There are no restrooms in the cave.
  • The cave temperature is 55ºF (12ºC) year-round.
  • We recommend bringing a light sweater or jacket and wearing good walking shoes.
  • Parents are responsible for their children and their safety at all times.
  • Cameras are permitted; however, tripods are not allowed.
  • No pets, food, strollers, or back baby carriers/slings. Babies are only permitted to be carried on the front in a carrier/sling.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Cooler temperatures await as you head underground for this 75-minute tour of our Endless Caverns. Experienced guides will lead you through while discussing the history and composition of the caverns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended to fully enjoy the countless tunnels and chambers as you look to find the still yet to be discovered end to this cave system.