Dixie Caverns

Useful Information

Location: Salem.
I 81 exit 132. Two blocks to cave, signposted.
Open: 16-OCT to MAI daily 9:30-17, JUN to 15-OCT daily 9:30-18.
Fee: Adults $7.50, Children (5-12) $4.50. Groups Adults $4.00, Children (5-12) $2.00.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=45 min.
Address: Dixie Caverns & Pottery, Inc., Julie Carper, 5753 West Main St., Salem, VA 24153, Tel. +1-540-380-2085.
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1920 discovered by a dog and some farm boys.
1923 opened to the public.


Like so many caves, Dixie Caverns was discovered by a curious dog. The owners, some farm boys saw this and found the cave. Today the place were this happened is the first stop on each cave tour.

But those white settlers were not the first to discover the cave. The Native Americans of Southwest Virginia used the cave much earlier for shelter and food storage. Their remains were found in the entrance area.

The cave is used for weddings, they take place at the formation called Wedding Bell.