One of the world's most fascinating geological wonders, New York state is actually home to an impressive amount of caves. From large openings and overhangs with deep recesses to caves containing waterfalls, all of the caves featured on this list are accessible and open to the public for exploration.
These caverns contain some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and rock formations this state has to offer. Keep reading to find out more about these incredible New York caves and where you can find them.
Howe Caverns | Howes Cave, NY
A popular attraction, your journey through the Howe Caverns starts down a limestone corridor. Inside the cave, you'll be able to explore boulders, cavernous galleries, and even an underground river passage that allows visitors to tour via boat. The cave tour consists of a 1.25-mile walk and a 0.25-mile boat ride. It typically takes 90 minutes to explore the cave and tours must be booked in advance online.
Clarksville Cave | New Scotland, NY
A 4,800-foot-long cave, this wild cave can be found within the Clarksville Preserve in Albany County. To tour this cave you'll need the proper equipment like a helmet, flashlights, and knee pads. The temperature inside this cave usually hoovers at around 50 degrees so proper attire is advised. Inside you'll find surreal rock formations carved out of Onondaga limestone.
Natural Stone Bridge and Cave | Pottersville, NY
Known as the largest cave in the Eastern United States, this natural wonder can be found in the Adirondacks. Self-guided tours allow you to walk past stone steps, waterfalls, and a gorge. For those looking for a more rigorous experience, the Adventure Tour allows you to crawl through 4 different caves and leads out to a gorgeous swim in the Garnet Cave. Expect the experience to take up to 4 hours.
Sellecks Karst Preserve | Carlisle, NY
A series of 4 caves all with something different to offer. Traverse down a 20-foot drop to explore the over 1,000 feet of path that's offered here. You'll spot streams, fossils, and even a hidden underground waterfall. You'll need vertical gear to enter and exit this wild cave.
Lockport Caves | Lockport, NY
This 3 part tour allows visitors to explore the history of the Erie Canal. This one-of-a-kind journey involves an underground boat ride through the first set of caves that were naturally formed from limestone bedrock. The last part of the tour involves a walk through a 2,100-foot water power tunnel blasted out of solid rock in the nineteenth century.