Price: Adults $20 | Kids $10
Travel Time: 1hr 45min from DC
In the summer I’m always driving up and down I-70 to get to WV. After several years of seeing the Crystal Grottoes sign, and with a little time to spare, I figured I’d stop in and see it.
Crystal Grottoes was discovered in 1920 by workers looking for limestone to pave rt. 34. It opened as a tourist attraction in 1922 and over the years the cave has been continuously explored and cleared. Today, the cave is privately owned by a family who has run it as an attraction for 3 generations.
Guided tours of the cave run every 30 minutes throughout the day. Unlike Luray or Skyline Caverns, Crystal Grottoes is not a huge cave and my tour only took about around 20-25 minutes. Even so, the cave formations are beautiful and my guide was excellent! She was very knowledgeable about the history of the caves, how stalactites and stalagmites are formed, and other cool cave facts. For example, in some places, if you look up you can see roots from plant life on the surface!
The cave is really easy to get to and is close to I-70 and rt. 40. So if you’re in the area
Crystal Grottoes is a great place to spend a little time. I felt $20 was a good value for the tour and had a nice time admiring the different forms. Maryland doesn’t have a ton of caves so don’t miss out on this one!