Why You Should Take a Day Trip to the Laurel Caverns
Do you remember reading Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne when you were little? What if we told you such an adventure awaits you in the Laurel Highlands? The Laurel Caverns are an amazing day trip for adults and children alike. It’s time you channel your inner professor Lidenbrock and enter the underworld of Pennsylvania caverns. You’ll see fantastic rock formations and even bats! Read on to learn more about this fabulous activity and start planning your visit to Oak Lodge today.
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Channel Your Inner Adventurer at the Laurel Caverns
History of the Laurel Caverns
The Laurel Highlands are a spectacular environment for outdoor activities like hiking, but did you know there’s more under all the fabulous state parks than you think? The Laurel Caverns are the largest caves in Pennsylvania and some of the deepest caves in the Northeast U.S. These sandstone caves are a sight to behold and feature more than three miles of passageways that you can explore. It also happens to be one of the most significant homes to bats in the country. For that reason, the caves are closed during the colder months (between October and April) to let the animals hibernate properly.
What You Can Do at the Caverns
There are several tours per day you can take at the Laurel Caverns. The tours last about an hour and take you through lighted passages along the cavern’s labyrinth. Note that you have to walk about three miles and go up and downstairs, so it might not be suitable for people with physical limitations. Remember to bring a jacket! The temperature down there can reach 52 degrees —it might get chilly.