“Pennsylvania's Historic Limestone caverns”
Nestled in a hillside covered in pine, spruce, maple and locust trees, the cave entrance overlooks Spruce Creek, a stream world renowned for its wild brown and rainbow trout. The area, teeming with wildlife and more than forty species of birds as well, offers a wonderful framework for Pennsylvania's most historic cave. It was 1928 when a curious and adventurous young couple made their first visit to the cave. Harold A. "Hubby" Wertz, Sr. and his wife, Lenore, lived in nearby Tyrone and were avid spelunkers. After making their discovery, Hubby and Lenore began acquiring the land and mineral rights, hoping to develop the cavern and open it to the general public. As work began many surprises awaited them including the discovery of several new passageways and rooms, unearthed arrowheads, artifacts, as well as skeletal remains. What was to be a destination cave for families quickly grew into something much, much larger. Today Indian caverns represents a historic landmark that offers a unique glimpse into natural, geological and Native American history that few other attractions in Pennsylvania can offer.
A decent cave tour - full of your usual cave tour standards - lore about outlaws hiding out in the cave, evidence of early spelunkers who carved things into the walls, cave crickets, etc.. The tour guides the day I was there were a set of identical twins - and the one we had added a bit of humor to the tour, which was fun. Overall, it made a good little out-of-the-way trip before heading to Altoona for a baseball game.
Just went last weekend(8/5/16), hadn't been in some 35yrs +. The cave is closing to become a bat sanctuary, with the last tours being the last weekend in October 2016. Unlike most cave tours, this one relies less on wild tales and formations that look like things. It focuses more on the history of cave used by local Indians to smoke and store meats and the geology of the area. Was a very nice tour although the guide did seem down about the cave closing and being out of a job soon.
Just a heads up. This cave was sold. Last I heard, now through Oct. 2016 will be the last tours given. Please call to double check status of cave.
This place was so much fun! It was a break for us halfway through our roadtrip, and definitely worth the stop for a little quirky fun! :)
AWESOME! Make sure you bring a sweatshirt and sneakers. It's so cool!
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