Monday, February 13, 2012

Smokehole Caverns

We are only 3 hours from Baltimore, Washington DC, Pittsburgh and Charleston, WV. We are worlds away – but close to home. Smoke Hole Resort is based 8 miles south of Petersburg, WV, on Highway 55 on the banks of the North Fork of the South Branch River. We are only 10 minutes North of Seneca Rocks on Rt 28/55.


Sept thru May
Store hours:
Guided tours:
9 to 5
10 to 4
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Store hours:
Guided tours:
9 to 6:30
9 to 5


13.00 Adults
$8.00 Children (Ages 5 thru 12 years of age)
No Charge for children under the age of 4
Group Rates:
Non-Profit Groups ONLY (School-Church-etc.) MOST HAVE TAX-EXEMPT INFO
(Minimum of 20 or more paying guests)
$10.00 Adults
$5.00 Children (Ages 5 thru 12 years of age)
No Charge for children under the age of 4
Bus groups and school groups are welcome
To reserve your group call between 9 and 5 at 800-828-8478.

Info from

Seneca Caverns

The first verifiable history of human contact with the cave was in the early 1400's when the Seneca Indians used the cave. The Caverns are located on a great Indian trading route through the Appalachian Mountains. Many tribes used this trading route but it was the Seneca Indians who lived here and used the cave for shelter, storage and special ceremonies. Three hundred years later the first German settlers came to the area. As history goes, a man named Laven Teter rediscovered the cave in 1742 on a quest for water to supply his livestock. At this time the area was not even considered part of the original 13 colonies. The Teter family maintained ownership until 1928. The new owners opened it to the public in 1930 as a show cave. 

The Stratosphere Cave is also part of Seneca Caverns. It is the oldest recorded cave in the state. In 1760, a Methodist Bishop named Francis Asbury came to visit his new flock, and The Senecas were so honored they named the cave Asbury Cave. In his journals he writes about Stratosphere cave and also mentions Seneca as another hole in the ground. During the 1960's Civil Defense used the cave for food storage and as a fall out shelter. We currently have an original can of biscuits on display. The name was changed when the cave was opened to the public but then was soon closed as a natural fungus destroyed the stairs and made it too dangerous to use. It was reopened in 2005 and has since been used as adventure style caving. 

Description from

Organ Cave

Lost World Caverns

From Lewisberg, go north on U.S. 219 1.5 miles to Courst St.
(304) 645-6677 or 497-3192

Descend 120 feet below the Earth's surface into a vast wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. Lost World Caverns, discovered in 1942, is a truly magical place for both young and old. It takes approximately 45 minutes to walk through. We offer self-guided tours so you can take your time to explore the cavern at your own pace. Just remember to stay on the trail. A guide sheet is provided to tell you about the many different formations that make up this 1/2 mile loop. No matter what the temperature on the outside, the cave always remains a constant 52 degrees. A light jacket and good shoes are recommended.