List of Virginia Caves

Ticket to Cudjo Cave - now Gap Cave Cave names change - Grand Caverns near Grottoes (Waynesboro) is the oldest commercial show cave in America - but look in the old records under its former name of Weyers Cave.

In late 2002, the National Park Service re-opened the old "Cudjo Cave" at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. The park has obliterated highway 23 through the gap and restored the approximate countours of the historic trace through the gap. In the process, they are also restoring the historic name of the cave to "Gap Cave." Thomas Jefferson referred to it in his Notes on the State of Virginia:

"There is another blowing cave in the Cumberland mountain, about a mile from where it crosses the Carolina line. All we know of this is, that it is not constant, and that a fountain of water issues from it."

The longest cave system in Virginia is the Butler-Sinking Creek System in Bath County. According to Bob Gulden's list, the system of caves includes over 17 miles of underground passages. Other cave systems in the state with more than one mile of passage are:

Butler-Sinking Creek System Bath County 17 miles of passages
Chestnut Ridge Cave System Bath County 14 miles of passages
Perkins Cave Washington County 10 miles of passages
Stompbottom Cave Tazewell County 7.7 miles of passages
Unthanks Cave Lee County 7.3 miles of passages
Paxtons Cave Alleghany County 7.2 miles of passages
Paul Penley's Cave Bland County 6.6 miles of passages
Newberry - Bane Cave Bland County 6.6 miles of passages
Helictite Cave Highland County 6.5 miles of passages
Clarks Cave Bath County 6.4 miles of passages
Fallen Rock Cave Tazewell County 6.4 miles of passages
Cudjo's - Cumberland Gap
Saltpetre Cave
Lee County 6 miles of passages
New River Cave Giles County 5.3 miles of passages
Spring Hollow Cave Bland County 5 miles of passages
Endless Caverns Rockingham County 4.7 miles of passages
Gilley Cave Lee County 4.5 miles of passages
Breathing Cave Bath County 4.5 miles of passages
Crossroads Cave Bath County 3.5 miles of passages
Williams Cave Bath County 3.4 miles of passages
Barberry Cave Bath County 3.3 miles of passages
Banes Spring Cave Bland County 3 miles of passages
Yer Cave Giles County 3 miles of passages
Lowmoor Cave Alleghany County 2.6 miles of passages
Millers Cove Cave Roanoke County 2.5 miles of passages
Salamander Cave Giles County 2.4 miles of passages
Starnes Cave Giles County 2.2 miles of passages
Clover Hollow Cave Giles County 2.1 miles of passages
Cavin Cave Lee County 2.1 miles of passages
Reasor Pump Cave Lee County 2.1 miles of passages
Buchanan Saltpetre Cave Smyth County 2.1 miles of passages
Doe Mountain Cave Giles County 2 miles of passages
Witheros Cave Bath County 2 miles of passages
Hancock Cave Smyth County 1.9 miles of passages
Porters Cave Bath County 1.9 miles of passages
Smokehole Cave Giles County 1.8 miles of passages
Kimbalton Mine Cave Giles County 1.7 miles of passages
Vickers Cave Washington County 1.7 miles of passages
Jessie Cave Russell County 1.7 miles of passages
Aqua (Lockridge) Cave Highland County 1.6 miles of passages
Locomotive Breath Cave Alleghany County 1.6 miles of passages
Blair - Collins Cave Scott County 1.5 miles of passages
Surgener Cave Lee County 1.5 miles of passages
Cave Spring Cave Rockbridge County 1.5 miles of passages
James Cave Pulaski County 1.4 miles of passages
Buddy Penleys Cave Bland County 1.4 miles of passages
Kelly Cave Wise County 1.4 miles of passages
Starr Chapel Saltpetre Cave Bath County 1.4 miles of passages
Lowes (Fritz Breathing) Cave Washington County 1.4 miles of passages
Hairy Hole Wise County 1.3 miles of passages
New Castle Murder Hole Craig County 1.3 miles of passages
Stay High Cave Giles County 1.3 miles of passages
Pig Hole Giles County 1.2 miles of passages
Wildcat Cavern Wise County 1.2 miles of passages
Stonleys (Divides) Cave Tazewell County 1.1 miles of passages
Cribb Cave Scott County 1.1 miles of passages
Wilburn Valley Cave Giles County 1.1 miles of passages
Rufe Caldwell Cave Craig County 1.1 miles of passages
Flannery Cave Scott County 1.1 miles of passages
Skyline Caverns Page County 1 mile of passages
Slussers Chapel Cave Montgomery County 1 mile of passages
Young - Fugate Cave Lee County 1 mile of passages

The deepest cave in Virginia (with the greatest relief between "top" and "bottom") is Burns Cave in Highland County, with 786 feet of relief. According to Bob Gulden's list, the other deep caves in Virginia with over 400 feet of relief include:

Burns Cave Highland County 786 feet of relief
Chestnut Ridge Cave System Bath County 722 feet of relief
Doe Mountain Cave Giles County 628 feet of relief
Butler-Sinking Creek System Bath County 624 feet of relief
Cudjo's - Cumberland Gap Saltpetre Cave Lee County 497 feet of relief
Gilley Cave Lee County 450 feet of relief
Pig Hole Giles County 428 feet of relief
Better Forgotten Cave Bath County 426 feet of relief
Spence Cave Smyth County 413 feet of relief

Obviously the commercial caverns are not the longest, or deepest, in the state...

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