LEDGE VIEW NATURE CENTER'S CAVES
Caves are CLOSED for the season
Coming to visit?
Cave tours start in April and end in November.
A guided public tour is offered most weekends and some weekdays through the summer. Tour size is limited: reservations are recommended.
Caving visitors should come prepared for ladders, dirt, puddles, uneven floors.
All cave tours are guided by a naturalist, and you will learn about the geology as well as the biology of the cave.
Ledge View Nature Center has caves. These natural holes in dolomitic limestone bedrock were formed first by groundwater, then additionally by meltwater from the Wisconsinan glacier thousands of years ago. A lot of sediment came in with the meltwater, too, and some of it's still here.
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The cave temperature is mid 40's to mid 60's degrees
Required minimum age for public tours-
Walk-In Tour of Carolyn's Caverns is five years old with parent. Children need to be able to use stairs and ladders safely, listen to and follow instructions, and behave in a safe way inside the cave. For the Adventure Tour of Carolyn's & Mother's cave our minimum age required is ten years old.
What to WEAR--
Long Pants (no shorts)
Knit cap for your head
Close toed shoes (no sandals)
Don't plan on staying clean!
It is possible to stay clean on one of our cave tours, but are you sure you want to? You'll be missing out on the best part: Visitors will be given the opportunity to explore passages during the tour, and this means getting down and dirty!
You will need to bring a FLASHLIGHT, as the caves have no lights.
Learn about White Nose Syndrome and how its devastating bat populations across the United States. (click on the bat above)
Our caves are closed from November to the middle of April.