Caving / Spelunking in Ohio Caverns, West Liberty, Ohio USA

Section opened to public:
1 mi/1.6 km
Cave status:
Active formations
Climb at the end:
65 steps
Constant 12.2 °C/54 °F
West Liberty is a village situated in Logan County, Ohio, USA. Mad River is flowing along the edge of the city and is a major source of running water in the wider area of central - western Ohio.

One reason to visit Ohio, besides the natural beauty and numerous activities, is the natural wonder that sits peacefully hundreds of years waiting for you to discover it, the Ohio Caverns. The first glimpse of these amazing caverns for the public was in 1897, when a local farm boy tried to find out where the water was going, because it was drained out of the field.

After digging several feet he found out an opening to a cave. That was the trigger for many more explorations and the magnificent Ohio Caverns captured the nickname as being the most beautiful and largest cave in the entire Ohio. The cavern is still an active system, which means that formations are still being formed by the continuous drip of water.

The exquisite formations of crystal – white stalactite and stalagmite are nowhere to be found in larger profusion of artistic settings. Be sure to bring your camera, as the formations are still in development phase and you would probably want to keep the memories of the unexcelled coloring and diversity of formations.

In the cave you will meet a short descent of some steps. The rest of the cave is rather flat, but when you reach the exit, you will have to climb 65 steps to go out. Along with the marvelous formations and colors, the largest stalactite in Ohio of 5 ft/1.5 m long, The Crystal King is included. Another attraction inside the cave is The Crystal Sea and Natural Bridge, which is an artificial water-retention pool that holds excess water out of the pathway.

Fantasy Land and The Old Town Pump took its name by the many formations in the room and holds more helictites and soda straws than any other area in the caverns. The Deepest Point is the designated deepest point of the cave, which is 103 ft/31 m underground.

The Palace of The Gods is the most photographed room in the caves, due to its variety of formations and colors and also Dual Formations, which are extremely rare. The Jewel Room is the room that once helped Ohio Caverns to earn the nickname America’s Most Colorful Caverns.

Last but not least The Historic Section, also known as The Old Cave and Ream’s Cave, functions since 1997 as an extension of the regular path, with gravel soil and bare light bulbs, similar to early years of Ohio Caverns tours.

There is a 25 mi/40.3 km of explored and ravaged section by the Reams’ early visitors that is not opened to public and many more miles of unexplored mystery waiting for you to unwrap them.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Cincinnati
100 miles/161 km, 1 hour 43 minutes
Head west on Elm Ave toward Station Ave. Take the 1st left onto Station Ave. Turn left onto Sherman Ave. Take the 1st left onto Montgomery Rd. Take the 3rd right onto Norwood Ave. Turn right to merge onto OH-562 W toward I-75. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-75 N/Dayton and merge onto I-75 N. Take exit 43 to merge onto I-675 N toward Columbus. Take exit 26A to merge onto I-70 E/OH-4 E toward Springfield/Columbus. Slight right onto OH-4 E (signs for Enon/Springfield). Merge onto US-68 N via the ramp to Urbana. At the traffic circle, continue straight onto US-68 N/N Main St. Continue to follow US-68 N. Turn right onto OH-507 E. Turn left onto OH-245 W. Destination will be on the right.
BY CAR FROM Montpelier
120 miles/193.1 km, 2 hours 47 minutes
Head east on E Jefferson St toward S Harrison St. Turn left onto S Harrison St. Turn right onto OH-107 E/E Main St. Continue to follow OH-107 E. Turn right onto OH-15 S. Continue onto OH-15 S/US-127 S/N Main St. Continue to follow OH-15 S/US-127 S. Continue straight onto OH-15 S. Turn left onto OH-15 E/W Main St. Continue to follow OH-15 E. Turn right onto N Clinton St. Turn left onto W 2nd St. Turn right onto Douglas St. Continue onto OH-15 E/Ottawa Ave. Continue to follow OH-15 E. Slight right onto OH-115 S. Turn left onto OH-115 S/North St. Continue to follow OH-115 S. Continue onto OH-65 S/N West St. Turn left onto W Bluelick Rd. Take the 2nd right onto N Sugar St. Turn left onto OH-81 E/Findlay Rd. Merge onto I-75 S via the ramp to Dayton. Take exit 125A for Ohio 309/Ohio 117 E toward Kenton. Turn right onto OH-117 E/OH-309 E/Harding Hwy. Turn right onto OH-117 W/Bellfontaine Rd. Slight right onto OH-196 S/Waynesfield Rd. Continue to follow OH-196 S. Turn left onto OH-196 S/OH-67 E/E Wapakoneta St. Continue to follow OH-196 S/OH-67 E. Turn right onto OH-196 S. Continue straight onto US-33 E. Take the U.S. 68 exit toward Bellefontaine/Kenton. Turn right onto US-68 S/N Main St. Turn left onto E Lake Ave. Turn right onto Co Hwy 1/Ludlow Rd. Continue to follow Co Hwy 1. Continue straight onto OH-245 E. Turn left to stay on OH-245 E. Destination will be on the left.
Columbus Airport Marriott,
57.9 miles/93.2 km

Amtrak serves the entire US, so if you wish to travel by train, you should get a train from anywhere in Ohio and abort in Elyria station. From there you can use the public transportation or rent a car.


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