Where Adventure Runs Deep     ...and Dark

Fountain Cave

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Get Dirty. Get Tired. Get Caving.

Come join us for an Adventure Tour through Fountain Cave. It is a former commercial cave that has not been open to the public for almost 100 years!  There are no lights inside the cavern and the only thing that remains is a once used, rugged 1800’s pathway.


What You Need to Know:

  • The tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
  • You’ll get suited with Helmets, Headlights, Knee Pads & Gloves.
  • For a “less adventurous” experience, you can use the 1800’s pathway; Or opt to have a true caving experience with opportunities for strenuous climbing & crawling.
  • Closed-toed shoes with good traction, or hiking boots, are required. Long sleeve shirts & long pants are required.  We have coveralls available to borrow as well.
  • Tours are available every Saturday in May, and every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in June and July. Spots are filling up fast. Call to reserve today.


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    Did You Know...

    Fountain Cave was discovered in 1835 when steam was rising from the cave entrance? The owner believed that it was smoke!



Field Trips & school groups

School groups visit Grand Caverns as a means to increase the understanding of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). School groups ranging from Kindergarten to college come to Grand Caverns to gain a better understanding of how the earth is formed, how karst terrain is created, how the karst terrain makes a difference in protecting our watershed, and much more.


Grand Caverns offers special tours to school groups, encouraging them to visit the caverns to learn more about geology, biology, karsts, and watersheds. There is special pricing available for school groups. Please call for current school group rates.


With your field trip reservation, we also provide a shelter for your group to relax or have lunch while visiting the park. With easy access and ample parking for buses and shelters for lunch, Grand Caverns is an excellent choice for school groups of all ages.


5 Grand CavernS DRIVE

Grottoes, VA 24441

Call Us:       540-249-5705

Toll Free:   888-430-CAVE (2283)

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Hours of operation:

Monday - Sunday

Closed New Year's Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Thanksgiving Day

April 1 - October 31            9am - 5pm

November 1 - March 31      10am - 4pm

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