Seneca Caverns - Riverton, West Virginia
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Seneca Caverns - Riverton, West Virginia
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Facts to Learn

As your guide takes you through your tour there are many things inside the cave they will point out and explain. They are trained to answer all of your questions so feel free to go ahead and ask. To help you get started here are some cave facts that you will hear on your tour.

HOW OLD IS THE CAVE - We know that the rock that cave is made in is 450 million years old and we know that the cave itself is about 4.5 million years old. We don't now exactly when all of the formations started to form.

SPELEOTHEMES - Any thing that forms inside a cave is called a speleothem. These have specific names also. A stalactite is a formation the hangs from the ceiling. A stalagmite is a formation that rises up from the ground. If they end up eventually touching each other then it is called a column. Another common formation in most caves is flowstone, Seneca has the largest flowstone formation in the state. There are many other types you will see in the cave, some of these are called, Rimstone pools, Draperies, Cave Bacon or Ribbon stalactites.

TEMPERATURE - Both of our caves maintain about 54 degrees year round. Location has much to do with a caves temperature, colder in the north and warmer in the south. Caves breath air in and out as the outside pressure and temperature changes.

CAVE LIFE - Most cave life is small, at the entrance we have cave crickets, salamanders and spiders. Deeper inside everything is blind and devoid of color, it is very easy to find white centipedes. Bats only live in our caves to hibernate for the winter and leave in the spring. Most bats can eat there own weight in insects every night between April and October.

GERMANY VALLEY - Seneca is in the Germany Valley of Pendleton County. With over 100 known caves in the valley alone it is the most prolific area for caves in the entire United States. As part of the Appalachian Mountains the valley is home to some of the oldest limestone that can be found on the east coast. It is because of this limestone, which is water soluble that we have so many caves.


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N 38.76344 W 079.38860 E 2187.8

Seneca Caverns is located in Riverton, WV,
eight miles south of Seneca Rocks on Rt. 33.

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