Hike through the New River Cave

New River Cave

A 1-mile cave where you can go spelunking and explore the underground of Virginia, seeing bats and cave formations

After reaching the parking area, cross the road and continue up the trail for about 0.3 miles. At the kiosk, make sure to register in order to indicate that you are going into the cave. After passing the kiosk and some rocky portions of the trail, you will approach the cave entrance.

The cave goes about a mile in, so be careful while exploring. There are bats in the beginning portion of the cave, so be quiet and courteous as they are sleeping. Practice Leave no Trace. The cave is protected under Virginia State Law and the Virginia Cave Protection Act. “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.”

Be mindful of where you are going and the return path in order to not get lost. After exploring, return back to the cave entrance and take the same trail back to the parking area.

Pack List

  • Flashlights
  • Backup Flashlights
  • Clothes you can get dirty in (Jeans)
  • Helmet
  • Water
  • Camera
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RT Distance 2 Miles
Elevation Gain 332 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Wildlife

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cave at mccoy

awesome! very hard to keep up with when you arrive, look across the road and there will be a faint trail! very muddy so wear good shoes! BRING FLASHLIGHTS & it’s tight inside cave so be careful!


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