Hopwood Things to Do
With over 2 miles of caves to explore, the Laurel Caverns are the largest cave in Pennsylvania. its located fifty miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 40, east of Uniontown. there is a path made in the cave where you can take a lighted tour or you can be adventurous and truely go caving / Spelunking.
Ive been Caving / spelunking a few times in wisconsin but this was the largest cave ive been in so far that allowed free exploration. the small ones ive been in here in wisconsin were they type you could hardly inch your way through on your belly in spots. the laurel caverns are a place you can take your time and there are no tight spots unless you decide to explore some of the off chutes, which we did every chance we got and our guide said she had never had a group of such exploring individuals. but then again we all have been in private property caves so exploring them came natural, but id suggest going off with a buddy to explore every section you can... in this cave you really cant get lost because the small stream that flows through it starts near the beginning and flows down tothe end of the cave where it seeps into the ground and disapears, so if you get seperated all you have to do is follow the stream , going with it will take you deeper into the cave and going against it will take you out of it.
wear clothes you dont mind will get wet, muddy, dirty, and cold... also take in mind your shoes , wear old shoes! and also realize its going to be around 52 to 54 degrees in the cave so wear a sweatshirt over a t shirt. i always carry a small pocket flash light but they supply the hard hats and head lampsRelated to:
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking