Trying to think of a good place to spend a day trip I remembered a neat little cavern I had visited on a school field trip over forty years ago, Crystal Grottoes. Located near Boonsboro, Maryland the cave is touted as having more formations per square foot than any other cave known to man. I have no way of knowing if this claim is true but there certainly is many spectacular formations in the 900 feet that is open to the public.
Discovered in 1920 when the Maryland State Roads Commission was quarrying for limestone the cavern has been privately owned and operated since 1922.
I have read some negative reviews of Crystal Grottoes but our tour was very good. Visiting on Tuesday morning we had only a short wait until a school group finished. As we were the only patrons at the time the tour was like a private showing. As my wife and I following along behind Joel he explained all of the wonders the cavern has to offer.
Joel's enthusiasm for Crystal Grottoes and caving in general was very evident and contagious. He related not only stories of this cave but of some of his other caving experiences.
Brenda taking in the sights
Brenda & Joel admiring the intricate formation hanging from the ceiling.
Crystal Grottoes is not a large cavern when compared with the likes of Luray Caverns. The above ground amenities are somewhat less than what one would expect but, the sights below ground are certainly worth the price of admission.