Discovered in 1879 by two boys hunting rabbits in the area, Endless Caverns are home to tiny brown cave bats and diverse colorful formations including flowstone, draperies, reflecting pools, and cave 'bacon.' The farmer who owned the land capitalized on the boys' discovery by offering candle lit tours through the caverns. During Prohibition it was said the bootleggers made use of the caverns as a hideout and underground storage facility.

The 75-minute guided cavern tour descends 160 feet below the earth's surface via a hilly dirt trail that is wet and slippery in places. There are handrails and non-slip mats, but shoes with a good tread are advised. Some of the passageways are narrow, and in one place a steep, 39-step staircase has been cut into the rock for an upward climb. There is an RV campground on the property as well as a swimming pool, playground, hiking and biking trails, a catch and release pond and a gift shop.

Civil War buffs can also enjoy visiting historic New Market Battlefield and the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, both of which are located about 15 minutes north of the caverns.

Pictured at the top: Endless Caverns are a colorful and otherworldly landscape of fascinating and often abstract shapes.

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Flowstones and draperies are visible along the cavern tour.

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Colorful rock formations create abstract shapes.

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Rock formations often resemble animals or birds.