Skyline Caverns

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Skyline Caverns
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Caves in the Shenandoah Valley that feature anthodites, rare rock formations.
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write4jan
Haymarket, VA194 contributions
Lights, Camera, Caverns
Jun 2021 • Friends
Skyline Caverns have a unique charm in their lighting. There are opportunities to see some of the natural formations, but most are lighted. It was an easy walk for this senior citizen!
Written June 14, 2021
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UMTerpVirginia
Virginia407 contributions
Dangerous floors!
May 2021
My family enjoyed touring the caverns but the floors are eroded and very dangerous in many places. I came close to twisting an ankle a number of times. It is too dark to have low dipping areas where people need to walk.
Written June 4, 2021
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JES522
121 contributions
So glad we visited!
May 2021
We made the Last minute decision to visit the caverns and we’re so grateful we did! What a cool experience. The tour guide was super informative. The tour is about 1 hour and interesting the whole time.
Written May 30, 2021
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harrykewell
UK20 contributions
Very enjoyable
May 2021 • Couples
After visiting the very grand and spectacular Luray Caverns, we went to the Skyline caverns to fill some time and expected them to be the poor cousin of Luray but happily, we couldn’t have been more wrong.

The Skyline Caverns were spectacular in their own way and the approximately hour-long guided tour in small groups was informative and enjoyable.

Would highly recommend.
Written May 30, 2021
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Brian L
Oceanside, NY59 contributions
Must See
May 2021 • Couples
What an incredible trip down under! No, not THAT down under aussies; down underground to see some amazing caverns. Wonderful experience with a well informed and charismatic guide (Alexander - second month on the job and he killed it!) The tour was about an hour and for a large group it went far too quickly! Time flies when you’re spotting stalagtites (and -mites). Really fun time and would highly recommend.
Written May 23, 2021
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Jayson272014
Washington DC, DC27 contributions
MOD/Owner Is An Awful Person/Liar
May 2021 • Solo
Hello everybody,

I bought a ticket. I’m allergic to cigarette smoke. Of course, no smoking allowed in the building / cave as per regulations and sign on front entrance.

Immediately smelled smoke as I walked towards restroom before tour where private manager office is located.

Manager was clearly smoking in his office. He came out to begin closing out cash/receipts for the day.

I asked him why he was smoking. He denied it and went to his office and put it out.

He came back to register to finish a transaction and went back to his office.

I am a believer of giving people a second chance. I asked polite cashier to call MOD back out.

He phoned back there and requested he come back out. Initially he refused, but I insisted.

So when he came back, I asked him again if he wanted to come clean and admit / apologize. He refused/denied and I could smell the smoke on his breath!

So I asked for a refund and left.

What a shame this excuse for a person manages the place.
Written May 7, 2021
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Hanie
2 contributions
Suffocating and depressing
Apr 2021
Don't waste your money, time or health going here. The big draw that's supposedly different than LuRay Caverns is the presence of anthodites, which are ugly little white spiny formations on the cavern's suffocating tunnel ceiling. There aren't even very many. There are little spits of them at the end of the one-hour tour.

LuRay Caverns is down the road, costs a little bit more (totally worth it) and as of 4/17/21, you can roam at your leisure without being in a tour group. LuRay is awesome!! Why pay for the tiny Skyline cavern that needs to be dressed up with lights and dying fish to make it "worthwhile". Read on for details:

1st issue: The caverns are SMALL and unimpressive, so our teenaged-guide dressed up the space with colorful lights (as instructed by mgmt I'm sure). Not even that could improve it. I felt like I was being forced to read junk email but with colorful lights shined on it.

2nd issue: DYING FISH - They stock the ponds in the cavern with rainbow trout that are not rainbow or any color, but black - pure black. The lack of Vit D prevents their natural rainbow of colors. They capture the fish, dump them in the sunless cavern where they lose their color, turn black, can't reproduce, go blind and die. Why? All to show little kids that there are little fishies in the pond! And because there's not much to see. There's a little shack around the corner of a little cavern recess with pool gear. Why? to pick up the dead fish before a tour group sees them. The one fish in the pond never moved except it's little mouth - looking like it was dying before our eyes. Even the kids knew something was wrong.

3rd issue: during CoVid - they continue to squeeze large groups together for a cramped cavern space and trap you in there. They turn on the lights ahead only after the guide has said his bit and turn off the lights behind the group, so no going back or moving ahead. They don't enforce mask wearing so groups of folks just pulled their masks down as soon as the tour started. The small tunnels DO NOT allow for social distancing. Although I'm fully vaccinated, do I want to be exposed to other's cooties, CoVid or otherwise? Absolutely not. It was uncomfortable and I felt trapped.
Written April 18, 2021
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wslin86
Oviedo, FL173 contributions
Take the time - go underground
Apr 2021
The tour was a little more than an hour and we had a great guide. We learned not only about these caverns but a little science as well. Interesting formations and great beauty to be found underground. It is right at the entrance to the skyline drive, so if you are doing the drive, this is a worthwhile stop.
Written April 14, 2021
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BingBong7
King William, VA74 contributions
Wow!! Beautiful
Apr 2021 • Family
Wow!! These caverns are truly wonderful!
We went with our 3 year old and he loved it too!
The tour was about 20 people big, lasted about an hour. A lot of history given
Fantastic pictures to take
We preferred this over luray caverns
Written April 4, 2021
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Fran
Virginia Beach, VA12 contributions
Technicolor Dreamscape, Slow Tour
Nov 2020
My friend and I were camping in Shenandoah River State Park and we saw the sign for Skyline Caverns on the way there. We saw beautiful technicolor photos online, and we were pleasantly surprised that the tour was reflective of these! It gets quite cold down in the caverns, so I would recommend to bring at least a light jacket. My only qualm is that since we were in a big group, the pace of the tour was slow at times (families would stop and take photos) and social distancing can sometimes be an issue. Overall I would recommend this experience for families, but if you are in a rush/want to go at your own pace, then exploring the nearby national park is probably more for you!
Written March 17, 2021
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