Published on February 18, 2016

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A national Natural Landmark and America’s oldest continuously operated show cave opened in 1806. More than 200 Civil War signatures dot the walls. An exhibit outlining some of the history behind the signatures is located on site.

America’s oldest continuously operated show cave, designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973, Grand Caverns is a stately and powerful example of nature’s handiwork. Massive columns, beautiful draperies, rippling flowstone, and hundreds of rare “shield” formations create a variety of fascinating sights. More than 200 Civil War signatures dot the walls and a detailed exhibit with copies of signatures, diary entries, and biographies is located in the educational building.

For almost a week beginning June 12, 1862, Grand Caverns and the surrounding area was used by Stonewall Jackson to camp and rest his troops after the battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic during the famous Valley Campaign. The men enjoyed a much needed rest and some of the soldiers entertained themselves with candlelit tours of the caverns. In the fall of 1864, Union Gen. Philip H Sheridan directed a campaign in the Shenandoah Valley that became famous for the destruction of mills and barns. The 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry bivouacked near Grand Caverns (Then known as Weyers Cave). Capt. William W Miles, Co. I, visited the cave and wrote his name on the wall on September 26, 1864. This signature is pointed out during tours.


9am-5pm daily

Tour Information:

Group and guided tours are available.

Admission Fee/Ticket Price:

$18 – adults, $11 – children.  Discounts are offered for AAA, AARP, Military, Public Safety


Grand Caverns
5 Grand Caverns Drive
Grottoes, VA 24441