Cavern

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park

Location

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park
535 Stone Bridge Road
Pottersville, NY 12860
United States
Phone: (518) 494-2283
43° 43' 10.6032" N, 73° 48' 40.176" W

The Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park is located in Pottersville, New York and is a tourist attraction that has been privately owned by the same family since the Revolutionary War. The park protects a massive stone bridge arch, which is the largest marble cave entrance in the eastern United States.

Wind Cave National Park

Size: 
28291 acres

Location

Wind Cave National Park
26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747
United States
Phone: (605) 745-4600
43° 29' 30.8544" N, 103° 27' 40.0644" W

Wind Cave National Park is located in western South Dakota. It was the seventh National Park to be established in the United States and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world. Wind Cave is the fifth-longest cave system in the world and 137 miles of caves have been explored. Above ground are mixed-grass prairie and ponderosa pine forest which provide habitat for a range of wildlife.

Cathedral Caverns State Park

Size: 
461 acres

Location

Cathedral Caverns State Park
637 Cave Road
Woodville, AL 35776
United States
Phone: (256) 728-8193
34° 34' 21.9648" N, 86° 13' 15.2688" W

Cathedral Caverns State Park is located in northern Marshall County, Alabama. The caverns were originally a privately-owned attraction until Alabama bought the property in 1987. After a restoration and improvements, the caverns were reopened to the public as a state park in 2000.

Indian Cave State Park

Size: 
3052 acres

Location

Indian Cave State Park
65296 720 Road
Shubert, NE 68437
United States
Phone: (402) 883-2575
40° 15' 45.5832" N, 95° 34' 18.426" W

Indian Cave State Park is located in Southeast Nebraska near the Missouri River. The park is named for a large sandstone cavity whose walls are etched with petroglyphs.

The Missouri River provides plenty of recreation opportunities for families. Boating is popular and a boat ramp provides river access. Fishing is available on the shoreline of the river and via boat.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Size: 
46427 acres

Location

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220
United States
Phone: (575) 785-2232
32° 23' 12.8976" N, 104° 13' 16.9032" W

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in Carlsbad, NM includes over 100 known caves. The caves were formed when sulfuric acid dissolved limestone underground.

Taking a cave tour is a popular activity. The Big Room is 8.2 acres in size and is partially wheelchair accessible. Entering the caves through the Natural Entrance is striking but difficult due to the steep trail.

There are plenty of opportunities for above-ground recreation. Hiking and backcountry camping are available. Campers must get a permit in advance of overnight stays and campfires are prohibited.