By John Cowgill
Skyline Caverns, south of Front Royal, Virginia near Shenandoah National Park, is the closest cavern to Manassas. Whether you have heard of it or not, it will be a place that you will want to visit. Why? Yes, there are other caverns in Virginia, but Skyline Caverns is very unique.
Yes, they have stalactites and stalagmites and columns. They have different formations of rock and flowstone, and they have the different rooms. They have pathways and underground lakes. Yes, they have what the other caverns have, but a certain kind of rock that you can see at Skyline Caverns that exist in very few caverns in the world.
The Anthodite is a sparling rock formation that, as you pass under them, will glisten before your very eyes under certain angles of light. Another interesting aspect is that there are certain species of insects and snails that roam in these caverns and in very few places in the world.
Along with the cavern tour, there is a mirror maze, a miniature train and a nature trail.
Skyline Caverns is located at 10344 Stonewall Jackson Highway (U.S. 340) in Front Royal, Virginia. It is just south of the Northern Entrance to Shenandoah National Park (Skyline Drive), and six miles from I-66. Most important, it is open year round. You can get more information at skylinecaverns.com.