Laurel Caverns Park
Home To Pennsylvania's largest cave.
Over three miles of passages.
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WE ARE CLOSED FOR BAT HIBERNATION UNTIL SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018
University, science oriented, and scouting groups are invited, via special arrangements, to participate in staff supervised upper and lower caving ecological studies which will be conducted on April 7, April 14, and April 21, 2018. Call 724-438-3003 for more information.
When we reopen for our 2018 season, no reservations will be needed for families or groups having less than 15 people. A 55 minute long traditional tour will depart every 20 minutes beginning at 9:00 am every day, 7 days a week – even holidays, beginning that Saturday with the last tour entering the cave at 4:30 pm. (Those entering on the last tour will exit the cave at 5:30 pm.)
Laurel Caverns is 8 miles from Hopwood, PA 15445 and 11 miles from Farmington, PA 15437, surrounded by the Forbes State Forest. For purposes of GPS, put in 1065 Skyline Drive, Farmington, Pennsylvania. Please read our directions.
Laurel Caverns is a large natural calcareous sandstone cave located 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. If classified as a sandstone cave, it is perhaps the largest sandstone cave in the world. Most of the passage ceilings in its three mile labyrinth are between ten and twenty feet high (many as high as 50 feet) with an average width of over twelve feet. This makes it the largest cave of any type in Pennsylvania. The cave itself is situated beneath a 435 acre privately owned geological preserve. Because this property is at the top of Chestnut Ridge, all of the water that enters the cave is pristine.
The cost of maintaining this preserve is only funded by cave admissions, program admissions, and our gift shop. No local, state or federal tax dollars are used for either the support of this private preservation initiative or for the support of its educational programs. For this reason your patronage is greatly appreciated.
Because of its size, Laurel Caverns is also the largest natural bat hibernaculum in the Northeast United States. In commitment to its preservation mission, the cave is closed during the primary months of the bat hibernation season, November through April. The cave is essentially empty of bats from May through October.