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Luray Caverns

The largest cave complex in the eastern United States


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Luray Caverns is a popular cave system located west of the town of Luray, Virginia. Discovered in 1878, caverns attract about 500,000 visitors every year. The caves boast beautiful columns, stalactites, stalagmites, flow stone, and mud flows. There are a few underground springs, the largest of which is called Dream Lake.

The main highlight of the caverns is the Stalacpipe Organ, an electrically actuated lithophone, where a specially designed console taps stalactites of different sizes producing musical tones. Manual performances take place on special occasions only. The unique organ was designed and constructed during three years by Leland W. Sprinkle. It became part of the Luray Caverns tours in 1956.

Several caverns are electrified and supplied with comfortable paved walkways through enormous cathedral-like chambers surrounded by 10-storied columns and containing clear-water pools.

Luray Caverns include a few adventure activities, like a rope course and a hedge maze, one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic states. The caves area hosts three museums: the Toy Town Junction Museum, the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum and the Luray Valley Museum. All of them feature impressive collections of artifacts and unique items.

Visitors touring the caves also pass the Wishing Well and a war memorial dedicated to Page County veterans. The primary trail through Luray caves is 2.4 km (1.5 mi) long. It takes about one hour to complete. Luray Caverns are located within the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

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