Not only is this the largest cavern in the state, it also features the world's only "stalacpipe organ," composed of stalactites (calcite formations hanging from the ceilings of the caverns) that have been tuned to concert pitch and are tapped to create echoing sound. The organ is played electronically for every tour and may be played manually on special occasions. A one-hour tour begins every 20 minutes. Beyond the organ, Luray Caverns holds plenty of natural beauty, like
the Dream Lake that perfectly mirrors back the stalactite formations. It's an easy addition to Skyline Drive, just 9 mi west on U.S. 211.
Jul 31, 2008
Luray Caverns was pretty interesting...amazing that it is all naturally formed. The walking tour is about 1 and a quarter mile, with a lot of steep inclines, so be ready for a little exercise, especially if you're not used to it! The guide was very nice, though it was a bit on the corny side. If you're spending time visiting the beautiful Shenandoah National Park, it's worth the 15 minute drive to check it out, but I wouldn't really make a special
trip just for this.