Shenandoah Caverns – Quicksburg, VA

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Shenandoah Caverns is nestled in the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley at 261 Cavern Road in Quicksburg, Virginia along Interstate 81 at Exit 269.

Known by the Native American Indians of the region for generations, the caverns were discovered by Shenandoah Valley Railroad workers in 1884 and later developed as a tourist attraction and opened to the public in 1922.

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When Earl Hargrove purchased Shenandoah Caverns in 1966, he introduced the idea of using a pixie as a corporate logo/mascot based on the legends of wee folk like dwarfs, pixies, gnomes and trolls living underground in caves/mines. The pixie first appeared at Shenandoah Caverns as a billboard and brochure logo, inviting tourists to “Come and See, Follow Me.”

Images of pixies can be found throughout the caverns holding signs or greeting visitors to the gift shop and main entrance to the attraction.

The caverns’ gravel pathway is flat, and follows an S-shaped, a mile long walkway with soaring ceilings, and dramatically lit displays that weave through 17 chambers of limestone geological formations with names like Diamond Cascade, the Grotto of the Gods, the Rainbow Lake, the Oriental Tea Garden, and the Capitol Dome.

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An elevator with a 60 foot drop transports visitors (four at a time) to the caverns below. But most folks can easily access the caverns via big staircase descending into the earth, right in the center of the gift shop. The caverns’ remain a comfortable 56 degrees year round.

The tour is approximately one hour and 80% accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. During the tour you travel hundreds of feet below the surface.

Above the caverns, there is a huge display featuring puppets clowns, fairy tale characters and there are even gigantic bears by a staircase.

And, on the exterior of the caverns, the grounds are dotted with large statues: dinosaurs, frogs, a doodle bug and the Statue of Liberty.

There is also the American Celebration on Parade, which is a spacious warehouse filled with parade floats and presidential inaugural materials.

Other underground attractions can be found at Luray Caverns, Endless Caverns, Skyline Caverns and Grand Caverns in Grottoes.

Shenandoah Caverns
261 Caverns Rd
Quicksburg, VA 22847

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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