National landmarks right under your feet.
Some of the areas most breath-taking views are actually underground. These caverns are a must see for visitors and students alike.
- Skyline Caverns
Just 6 and a half miles from Christendom's campus, these caverns are a natural wonder and one of the only places on Earth where rare Anthodites are displayed. The guided tour is as impressive as it is educational. A warm welcome to Skyline Caverns is extended to you all year. The temperature in the Caverns is always a cool and comfortable 54 degrees, no matter what the weather is like outside, so you may want to bring your jacket, as well as your camera. Located at the Northern Entrance to Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Caverns is one of only a few places in the world where you will find unique formations known as Anthodites. Called "Orchids of the Mineral Kingdom", the Anthodites seem to defy gravity. Their delicate white spikes spread in all directions, including upwards, from their position on the cave ceiling. Their growth rate is estimated to be only one inch every seven thousand years. The mystery of how they form only adds to the beauty of the Anthodites.
- Luray Caverns
A 45 minute drive from Christendom College will bring you to the largest and most visited caverns in eastern America. Stroll along the well-lighted, paved walkways that wind through the huge chambers to explore cathedral-sized rooms with soaring ceilings, towering columns and breathtaking stalactites, and then gaze into mirror-perfect pools. Knowledgeable rangers enrich your experience with stories about the caverns' discovery and the science behind the natural wonders being viewed. The caverns also hold the world's only “Stalacpipe” Organ that plays its hauntingly beautiful music on natural formations.
*N.B. This is not an official program of Christendom College.