Looking for a new adventure to spice up your outdoor pursuits? With seemingly every trail and mountain peak already conquered, perhaps it’s time to look beneath the surface and explore the underground world of caves.
Believe it or not, there are approximately 45,000 caves scattered throughout the contiguous United States, including the world’s longest cave system. With so many hidden passageways waiting to be explored, the only obstacles in your way are potential fears of the dark or tight spaces.
To help you get started on your subterranean adventure, we’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest caves in America that are ready and waiting for your exploration.
Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
Located in Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky, the Mammoth Cave is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts the world’s longest cave system, with over 400 miles of explored caves. Year-round, visitors can embark on either guided or self-guided tours, with varying degrees of difficulty. The guided tours showcase some of the cave’s most iconic features: for history enthusiasts, the Historic Tour covers the areas that originally made Mammoth Cave famous, while the Cleveland Avenue Tour, designed for geology enthusiasts, takes visitors through the sparkling walls of gypsum. And if you happen to be there during a storm, you might even catch a glimpse of the eerie fog forming inside the cave.
To visit, check the availability of tours depending on the season. Ticket prices start at $9 for children and $11 for adults.
Devil’s Den Spring
Located in Williston, Florida, Devil’s Den Spring is not your typical cave. It was formed by a collapsed cave roof, which created a karst window that revealed a prehistoric underground river, similar to a cenote. This dive site offers a unique experience for scuba divers who can explore ancient stalactites and fossil beds that date back 33 million years through the crystal-clear, brilliantly blue water. The maximum depth of the spring is 54 feet, and the temperature remains a constant 72ºF year-round.
To visit Devil’s Den Spring, scuba diving is available 7 days a week for certified divers. No reservations are necessary, but every diver must have a dive buddy. Admission is $38 per diver, and rental gear is…
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