Sinks of Gandy

Useful Information

Location: Monongahela National Forest
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours:
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entrance to the Sinks of Gand. Historic engraving.

The Sinks of Gandy are actually a natural through cave. The Gandy river, which flows through rolling hills of West Virginia reaches a patch of limestone, where it immediately enters a cave and flows underground through the cave for about one kilometre. Then it reappears at the other side of the limestone and again flows above ground. The term sink sounds like there is something going down, sinking. Actually the cave is horizontal and the river enters it through a wide portal. The cave is a popular through trip and heavily frequented. Because of the water it is best to wear rubber boots. Actually, as this is a water cave which may become very dangerous, we recommend good equipment, several light sources per person, tell someone where you are going so he may be able to call the resue in time. This are general caving rules, but cave tourists tend to ignore them.