On State Route 245, 7km east of West Liberty, Ohio.
48km NE of Dayton, Ohio.
From Dayton: I-70, exit 52B, US 68 North 38km, Route 507 East 5km.
|Open:||APR to OCT daily 9-17. NOV to MAR daily 9-16. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. |
Regular Tour: Adults USD 12.50, Children (5-12) USD 7, Children (0-4) free.
Historic Tour: Adults USD 18.50, Children (5-12) USD 12.50, Children (0-4) free.
|Classification:||Karst cave cave system.|
Regular Tour: L=1,600 m D=45min.
Historic Tour: L=2,400m, D=90min.
|Accessibility:||New tour allows access|
Keith D Wheeland (2005):
Nitany Grotto News Vol 51 No 2 Nov 2005 p 34
|Address:||Ohio Caverns, 2210 East State Route 245, West Liberty, OH 43357, Tel. +1-937-465-4017, E-mail:|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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|1897||discovered by Robert Noffsinger, a farmhand.|
|1897||opened to the public for lantern-lit, self-guided tours.|
|1925||new discoveries made.|
|1925||developed and opened to the public as a show cave.|
|1971||Tony Oldham's visit.|
|2007||begin of construction of new trails.|
|2012||two new cave tours opened to the public.|
Described as the largest and most beautiful cave in Ohio, it is noted for the exquisite crystal-white speleothems. The tourist route goes so near to the formation that two guides are employed on each trip to protect the formations. Since the ceiling is generally low, a trench has been dug in the floor in many places so that the visitor does not have to stoop. It also provides a good view of the flat bedding plane passages which are visible in many parts of the cave. A one way tour, exited via an artificial tunnel, on a flight of 40 stair steps to the surface.
Text by Tony Oldham (2004). With kind permission.
The Ohio Caverns in West Liberty was discovered in 1897 by a farm hand. After heavy rain a 10 meter deep sinkhole opened up. The cave visits started immediately, when visitors took lantern-lit, self-guided tours. The cave was developed and opened as a show cave in 1925, and the original tour is still offered after almost 90 years.
In 2012 two new cave tours were opened to the public. One of the new tours provides more historical information about the cave. The other one is shorter and allows access for the disabled, which is pretty unusual in caves.