ABOUT

Our History

In 1937, geologists around the world stood in awe as Walter S. Amos discovered the underground wonder he always hoped to uncover. He carefully examined surface topography, exposing a secret that had lain beneath the earth’s surface for 60 million years. This method of scientific analysis makes the discovery of Skyline Caverns rare, if not unique.

The caverns opened to the public in 1939 and have welcomed millions of guests in the past seven decades. As tourism in Virginia boomed in the 1950s through 80s, Skyline Caverns was a noted attraction. Special visitors such as Bing Crosby even considered the caverns a worthy travel destination. 

Skyline Caverns continues to be a natural, preserved display of cavern beauty, much like Dr. Amos originally discovered it one cold evening. As we celebrate 80 years of discovery, we are proud to have preserved the rare beauty of underground Virginia.

Cavern Tours

Only the Best

On your one-hour tour, a knowledgeable guide will escort you through the Skyline Caverns, explaining the geological history while challenging your imagination; making your tour educational, exciting, and entertaining. 

Miniature Train

Kids of all ages enjoy a ride on the Skyline Arrow.

Mirror Maze

The Enchanted Dragon Mirror Maze provides fun for children and adults alike.

Nature Trail

There is a beautiful nature trail here at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Skyline Caverns

FAQ

54º

YEAR-ROUND

We recommend that you bring a light jacket or sweatshirt.

20

MINUTES

The maximum wait time for a cavern tour is 20 minutes.

73

STEPS

There are 12 steps in the beginning and 61 steps at the end of the tour.

Are the caverns stroller accessible?

We do allow strollers in the cavern. However, there are loose gravel paths as well as 12 steps in the beginning and 61 steps at the end where the stroller would likely have to be carried.

Call (540) 635-4545 if you have questions.

Can we bring a wheelchair through the caverns?

Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid the 12 stairs in the entrance, and there are 61 stairs at the exit. 

Are pets allowed in the cavern?

Pets are only allowed in the cavern if they are carried for the duration of the tour. 

Are the caverns privately owned?

Yes! All caverns in Virginia are privately owned, and Skyline is owned by a small group of stockholders.

How often do tours depart?

The maximum wait time for a cavern tour is about 20 minutes. 

Do you have any place to eat on the property?

Snacks, drinks, ice cream, and candy are available for purchase at the Caverns Gift Shop! Though we do not operate a restaurant, we have ample picnic areas in shaded locations around our property. 

Testimonials

What People are Saying

“Awesome experience.”

"Our tour guide Sonny was personable, professional and quite knowledgeable. If you have been to any caverns before you'll find out that their is some unique features at this one making the trip well worth your time."

Brandon

“Want to come back...”

"The most interesting of the caverns I've been in so far, the history is amplified by the beauty the caves offer. Our tour guide was a awesome guy, we had fun listening to him and answering his trivia questions."

Sweetie

“Absolutely wonderful.”

"Absolutely wonderful tour. Caverns have been kept in a natural state with improvements to make the tour comfortable. Our guide was great."

John

"Unique surprises..."

"We went there on a Saturday afternoon and we had a great time. The tour is about an hour and easy to walk. Our guide was great and always good to understand."

Thornsten

Admission Info

Cavern Tours

Adult (ages 14+) – $22.00
Child (ages 7-13) – $11.00
Children 6 and under – Free

Miniature Train

Ages 3 and above – $6.00
Children under 3 – Free

Mirror Maze

Ages 5 and above – $6.00
Children under 5 – Free

Nature Trail

Free

Groups

For additional information, rates, or to arrange a group tour, please call our toll-free number: 1-800-296-4545 or click here.

Hours of Operation

March 15th – June 14th
Weekdays: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Weekend: 9:00am – 6:00pm

June 15th – Labor Day
Every Day: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Labor Day – November 14th
Weekdays: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Weekend: 9:00am – 6:00pm

November 15th – March 14th
Every Day: 9:00am – 4:00pm