Ledge View Nature Center has caves....
These natural holes in dolostone bedrock were formed first by groundwater, then additionally by meltwater from the Wisconsin glacier thousands of years ago. A lot of sediment came in with the meltwater, too, and some of it’s still here.
Public cave tours are available most weekends from May through October. Access to the caves is offered by guided tour only. The caves remain locked between tours.
There are 2 different types of cave tours. Please read the information below to decide which one you would like to do.
The caves are currently closed for the winter and will reopen to the public May 2024.
Carolyn's Cavern Walking Tour
A naturalist-guided walking tour - crawling and exploring is optional.
$9 per person weekends, $8 per person weekdays.
We will use stairs and ladders to enter the caves.
On this tour you will see four different caves. These caves are connected by crawl tunnels. You have the option of using the tunnels (we find that kids especially love this!) or you may use a ladder to access each cave if you prefer.
If you crawl and explore you will get dirty!
These are ‘wild’ caves and we do not have paved walkways or electricity. Closed toed shoes, long pants, and long sleeves are a must! A sweatshirt, boots, a hat, and gloves are suggested. The temperature in the caves averages 55 F. The caves are frequently muddy in areas. Please bring a flashlight other than your phone. We require closed-toe footwear. This is a walking tour with optional crawling opportunities. Come ready to explore!