In New York, filled with so many breathtaking mountains and incredible high peaks, it’s often easy to forget that there’s so much beauty lying literally beneath our feet just waiting to be explored! Ready to see what unique beauty Mother Nature is keeping well-hidden below our surface? Check out these 8 amazing caves in New York that will have you feeling like you’ve entered a whole new world!
1. Lockport Caves
Just a 30-minute drive from Niagara Falls, in recent years this incredible man-made cave has gained a lot of attention from the public! Used as one of the filming locations for the movie Sharknado 2 and landing a feature on an episode of Ghost Hunters, you may realize that you've heard of this New York cave before. Over the years it took to make Lockport as many as ten lives were reportedly lost, creating quite the eerie atmosphere for this underground gem.
2. Knox Cave
Another one of New York's most visited caves, this particular passageway requires you to have a permit! To help protect the visitors of Knox Cave and the beloved flying furballs inhabiting it, the passageway is usually closed from October until May. Pictured above you can see one of Knox Cave's most interesting features, the Gun Barrel, which at its tightest point stretches across only 14-inches in width. Time to suck in!
3. Ella Armstrong Cave
This very vertical cave, located near Knox and Crossbones Caves, is not for the weak and requires climbing equipment!
4. Howe Caverns
New York state's 2nd most visited attraction and the largest show cave in the Northeast, Howe Caverns is an absolute must-see. First discovered in 1842 by a Schoharie County farmer, the Howe Caverns lie 15 stories below our surface! While lantern, adventure and family flashlight tours are all available for scheduling at the caverns, it's the 90-minute tour that includes a boat ride that visitors find to be most eye-catching!
5. Natural Stone Bridge And Caves
Located in Pottersville up in the Adirondack Mountains, Natural Stone Bridge And Caves is the largest natural marble cave entrance in the Northeast!
6. Ellenville Fault Ice Caves at Sam's Point Preserve
Ready to experience the largest known exposed rock fault system in the U.S.? We are too! At the end of a gorgeous hike which offers you views of the Shawagunk Ridge, awaits the ice caves of Ellenville! The ice caves cold microclimate all throughout the year provides a constant stash of ice inside the cave! Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1967, Sam's Point Preserve is the perfect destination for an adventurous day trip.
7. Secret Caverns
Playing the unique neighbor to Howe Caverns, Secret Caverns can be found just next door to the popular New York attraction. What sets this nearby cavern apart from its better-known friend? How about its natural 100-foot underground waterfall! After your youthful knees make their way down over 100 steps, you'll find at the end of this tour the gorgeous reflection pool and waterfall pictured above! Well worth the trip, a tour of Secret Caverns can generally be done in under an hour and gives you breathtaking close-up views of Mother Nature's underground beauty.
8. Clarksville Caves
This horizontal cave system in New York runs roughly 4,800 feet and has the longest history of any other cave in our state! Located in Albany County, the oldest petroglyph aka rock carving found inside these passage ways is from 1811! Recognized as the Northeast's most-visited and best-known cave, Clarksville maintains a consistent flow of traffic.
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