North Carolina July 13, 2016
Hiking To This Aboveground Cave In North Carolina Will Give You A Surreal Experience
Dan’l Boone is a North Carolina legend; he’s been referred to as America’s ‘pioneer hero,’ and he called North Carolina home from 1752-1772. Twenty-two years spent in the Tar Heel state is bound to leave a legacy and of course, history you can experience for yourself. If you really want to immerse yourself into the wild life of Dan’l Boone – how about visiting one of his favorite caves?
Located in Lexington, Boone's Cave (appropriately named) is said to have been one of his favorite hiding spots from Native Americans when things got heated. The 80 ft. cave provided the perfect spot to literally disappear. Today, the cave is open to explore - but that's not all this park has to offer.
Located on 110 acres and situated beside the gorgeous Yadkin River, Boone's Cave Park is the perfect place for a day of exploration.
The park has so much variety and so much to offer for a day in nature. Hike on rugged trails down to the cave, or meander down the steps and down to the river.
In the last few years, the park has experienced several changes including a canoe and kayak trail that descends down 1400 ft. to the Yadkin River. If you want to make a weekend of it, there are also several campsites located right in the middle of the wilderness. You'll feel a million miles away from it all.
Several staircases wind and twirl through thick forest growth and lead you down to Boone's Cave.
The area is loaded with both beauty and history. It is said Dan'l Boone was only 16 when his family settled on the banks of the Yadkin River in the 1750s. The cave was a favorite hideout spot and is explorable today. While many pop in and pop out, the tried-and-true explorers bring flashlights and make their way in. Once inside, the cave varies in height and offers a surreal experience to all who enter. Just imagine Dan'l Boone sitting in there - hiding, waiting. The energy is alive here.
And if you're looking for a little extra history - explore the Keeper's Cabin from the 1940s.
Between hiking trails, woodsy scenery, water activities, camping AND history - it's safe to say venturing to explore this historic cave will give you an unforgettable experience.
It’s amazing how much history North Carolina is home to, and how much of that we can experience today! Have you spent a day or two at Boone’s Cave Park?
If you’re looking for more caves to explore in North Carolina,
check out these six.