Friday, July 31, 2009

The Natural Bridge Caverns!

Yesterday we went to the Natural Bridge Caverns.

The Natural Bridge Caverns were discovered just before the turn of the 20th century and opened to the public in 1977. Open seasonally March through November, visitors enjoying the Natural Bridge Caverns tour descend more than 34 stories deep within the Earth to get to the magnificent natural display. While underground, we were able to explore the Natural Bridge Caverns and view many special features, including cavern structures such as the Colossal Dome room. This room is an enormous dome shaped natural feature that was created over thousands of years. Walking from the dome room, we also were able see other places while on the 45 minute tour of the Natural Bridge Caverns, we really liked the Mirror Lake, the Well Room and the stalactites and stalagmites that grow from the Canyon Room.

The Caverns in Virginia formed and continue to form today through a slow, arduous natural process. Cracks and cavities in the mountain were carved into great large passages via slow moving water over time, and natural deposits from minerals in the earth created the cavern structures that the Natural Bridge Caverns are so famous for today. Because the Caverns in VA are located beneath the Earth’s surface, the temperature remains a cool 54 degrees, we had to wear a lightweight jacket.

It is really an amazing sight to see, we did a lot of walking and stair climbing!

The Natural Bridge Caverns claim to be the deepest caverns on the east coast.
Happy Birthday Phyllis!

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