Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley

I-81 Exit 235 US 256 East 6 mi to Grottoes

Grand Caverns, owned by the Town of Grottoes, is America’s oldest continuously operated show cave, voted #2 in America by Parade magazine and a National Natural Landmark. Grand Caverns is a prime example of history and beauty. With our abundance of rare shield formations and history around every turn, come see for yourself why we are ‘grand’. You will receive personal service and enjoy the wonders of an underground marvel. If you like touring caverns, then Grand Caverns is a must see!

Grand Caverns hosts the annual Fall Festival Living History Day the first Saturday in October, celebrating our rich heritage with living history exhibits and demonstrations. The day also offers an authentic ball in the Grand Ballroom in the evening. Daytime activities are free to the public and fees do apply for the Grand Ball. Ball tickets are limited, so purchase our tickets early.

The Caverns also hosts the annual Bluegrass in the Park Festival which benefits the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in September, the week after Labor Day. 100 % of net proceeds are donated to the Shriners Children’s Hospitals. Come join us Thursday through Saturday for some of the best bluegrass music available and know that you are helping the Children’s Hospitals. Primitive camping is available on site Tuesday-Saturday nights.

On the first Saturday in December, the Grottoes Ruritan Club hosts Caroling in the Caverns. The event’s proceeds are donated to the South River Boys and Girls Clubs and the local Ruritan scholarship fund. You will have the opportunity to visit three areas of the cave and listen, or sing if you like, to Christmas Carols in a venue like no other. This is an excellent way to start the Holiday season.

While visiting the Caverns, you will also have an opportunity to hike, bike, fish, play mini-golf, and swim in season in a beautiful park setting. We are a public park and also a Civil War Trails Attraction. Come see for yourself why we are “Grand.”