Caving near Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC
Caves are found in every state in the US, and on every continent on the planet. In West Virginia, there are over 2000 explored caves, making it an excellent place for you to enjoy your first caving adventure!
Whiting’s Neck and Indian Caves
Our ‘local’ caves are Whiting’s Neck and Indian Caves, near Martinsburg, WV. Situated near the Potomac River upstream from Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, these two caves provide plenty of excitement for the novice to intermediate level caver and are still only 88 miles from downtown Washington, DC.
Indian Cave overlooks the Potomac River, and is home to small animals during the warm months and a few bats during the cold season. Providing a great first-time caving experience, we use Indian Cave as the introduction before heading up to Whiting’s Neck.
Whiting’s Neck Cave has two entrances (or exits) and gives smaller groups (4-10 participants) a chance to rappel into the lower chambers. With room for most to travel through without difficulty, there are still plenty of spots to challenge the adventurous explorer!
When heading out to Whiting’s Neck and Indian Cave, park at Yankauer Nature Preserve and hike to the trailhead. If you use an online map tool, your destination will be: