In 1804 Barnette Weyer discovered Grand Caverns while retrieving one of his traps. He opened the caves in 1806 for tours - it is oldest continually operating show cave in the U.S. In 1973 Grand Caverns received National Natural Landmark status.
We got there just in time for the tour. So off we went up the hill to the educational building which is entrance to the caves. Our guide was very knowledgeable about them and could answer all of the questions from our fellow tourers. There are several large rooms in these caves, it is well lit and the paths are easy to follow. Not once did I get the feeling that I shouldn't be there.
It's amazing to think they used to have parties and dances in these caves. And that during the Civil War there were places that they used for target practice because the open space was so large.
It's well worth the drive to visit these caves but take a picnic lunch with you as there isn't much in the Town of grottoes if you want something to eat. The grounds at the caves include a beautiful park where you can sit & relax after your tour and trails for you to hike.
Other caves in the area you might want to explore are:
You are sure to enjoy which ever caves you visit!
Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your Innkeepers
Foxfield Inn, a Charlottesville, VA bed and breakfast