Ben & Jerry's at Barracks Road
Let’s check out Luray Caverns and then hike Hawksbill Mountain on Saturday, August 10th. I have been wanting to head up that way and figured we could check out the caverns and do an easy/moderate hike on our way back to Charlottesville.
Luray Caverns is located about an 1 ½ hr from Charlottesville. It has drawn visitors since 1878. The caverns are situated in the Shenandoah Valley just east of the Allegheny Range of the Appalachian Mountains. It is said to be well-lighted paved walkways lead visitors through cathedral sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high. There are enormous chambers filled with columns, shimmering draperies and crystal clear pools. Also in this subterranean wonderland, “hear rocks sing” as we experience the haunting sounds of the world’s largest musical instrument, The Great Stalacpipe Organ.
Hawksbill Mountain is 2.8 miles loop and considered Easy/Moderate. It begins at Mile 45.6 off the Skyline Drive. Hawksbill is the park’s highest peak. It is also a good place to see birds and pretty views.
The plan would be to arrive at Luray Caverns in the morning and tour and then head on the hike to Hawksbill Mountain in the afternoon.
Carpooling: If you are interested in carpooling or being a driver for carpooling, please let me know.
If there is enough interest, carpool will leave at 8AM at Ben and Jerry’s at Barracks road. If there is anyone who is not able to get to Ben and Jerry’s and needs a ride, please also let me know.
Since the hike is located in Shenandoah National Park, it will require a pass which is $10 for 1-7day pass or the annual pass for $30. I currently have the annual pass however.
What to Bring: Please be sure to bring lots of water, comfortable sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and a lunch/snack for when we reach the summit after heading to the Caverns.
Luray Caverns admissions is $24 which includes entrance fee, Luray Caverns tour, a self guide tour of the Car and Carriage Caravan, and access to the Luray Valley Museum. This part would not be covered by the club.
Please keep in mind that you are responsible for you own safety and the activities you choose to participate in while on the hike.
Below is a link to the actual hike for further information.
Note, I am also referring to “A Falcon Guide to the Shenandoah National Park” as well.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
See you on Saturday!