We shared about the magnificent Howe Caverns in upstate New York before, but did you know only five minutes down the road there are more under-the-radar “Secret Caverns”? In fact, that’s their official name!
Located at 671 Caverns Rd in Cobleskill, NY, the “Secret Caverns” were first discovered by explorers in 1928 and now can be experienced by any visitor thanks to local civil engineer Roger Mallery who founded the commercial cavern, their website shares.
Like Howe Caverns, the complex limestone caves were formed by nature over the course of thousand of years.
Since these caverns aren’t as built up as Howe, you actually get to make your way into the Earth via a 103-step staircase (no elevators or escalators here!). Made of layers of limestone, you can even see preserved brachiopods, corals and crinoids from when prehistoric oceans flowed through the space.
The main feature of the tour is, as you might have guessed, a magnificent 100-foot underground waterfall. Also, unlike other caverns, they say “cameras, pictures, and touching of the formations is allowed,” so it’s quite a hands-on experience. The full guided tour is between 45 minutes and an hour long.
Secret Caverns is closed in the winter, and reopens for the season in April. Stay up-to-date on their Facebook page here so you can see when they reopen for 2022!
Once you do make the road trip up there, it won’t be too hard to find as there as tons of funky folk art billboards leading the way.