The world – famous caverns are a unique geological formation located in the Seneca Rocks/Spruce Knob National Recreation Area. Underground beauty within the caverns is created by the mineral-carrying water deposits which create stalactites and stalagmites including the world’s longest ribbon stalactite. Beautiful cave formations are seen throughout the tour as you listen to local lore and learn about cave science. Other highlights include a genuine crystal cave coral pool filled with golden trout, a “married” cave column, and the queen’s room with her canopy believed to be the oldest formation in the cavern.
Historians believe Native Americans and Civil War soldiers used the caverns for smoking wild game which produced swirling clouds of smoke seen throughout the region thus inspiring the name Smoke Hole. Local lore is the secluded nature of the caverns with its clean, cold waters was a popular place for setters and immigrants to make corn whiskey during Prohibition. If fact, an original moonshine still remains on display.
Bring a jacket and wear sturdy shoes as the caverns are a pleasant 56 degrees year round and require walking about ⅔ mile. The guided tours are family friendly and 45 minutes. Please visit https://www.smokehole.com/faqs.htm for more information and their FAQ to prepare for your tour.
The Gift Shop
West Virginia’s largest gift shop is 26k sq. ft. of shopping with something for everyone and features trophy wildlife displays from all over the world. Find a variety of souvenirs, tasty WV treats, handcrafted jewelry, soaps, candies, home decor, and more. The Almost Heaven Boutique has the trendiest clothing, shoes, and accessories from classy to casual wear. While shopping visit the Moonshine Cafe for refreshment.
Gemstone and fossil mining is a fun-filled activity for all ages. While panning you many find amethyst, rubies, emeralds, arrowheads, crystals, and much more that results in a precious keepsake to remind you of your treasure hunting experience in the hills of West Virginia.
8290 North Fork Highway, Cabins, WV 26855