Named after the inquisitive pup that discovered them in 1920, Dixie Caverns features stalactites and stalagmites as well as colorful, intricate flowstone and drapery formations and reflecting pools. The most famous formations include the Magic Mirror reflecting pool that inspires ooohs and aaahs from Cavern visitors as well as the massive Wedding Bell formation where weddings are actually held. Other formations include the Turkey Wing flowstone and Fairy Land stalactites.

The guided cavern tour follows a dirt trail that is wet and slippery in places. Hand rails are provided, but shoes with a good tread are advised. The climb up to and back down from the caverns involves a total of 342 steps, although the stair climbs are broken by level stretches of trail. The trail can be narrow with low head room in places, and the cavern rooms are on the small side - although the formations are still spectacular. Dixie Caverns is rustic and down home, and of all the show caves in Virginia provides an experience closest to real 'spelunking.'

Dixie Caverns also features a campground, gift shop, rock and mineral shop, souvenirs and an antique mall. Located in the beautiful Roanoke Valley, Dixie Caverns is about 15 minutes south of Salem where there are shopping and dining opportunities along East Main Street near Roanoke College.

Pictured at the top: Dixie Caverns is a colorful and otherworldly landscape hidden in a hillside among the Blue Ridge Mountains.

dixie caverns stalactites

Colorful stalactites are among the many formations at Dixie Caverns.

dixie caverns formations

Dixie Caverns is a wonderland of intricate, varied and colorful formations.