Virginia Cave Week to Feature Tours of Ogdens Cave Natural Area Preserve

The entrance to Ogdens Cave.

The entrance to Ogdens Cave. Photo via Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation

Free walking tours of Ogdens Cave Natural Area Preserve in Frederick County are the highlight of this year’s Virginia Cave Week, April 21st to 27th.

The annual week, sponsored by the Virginia Cave Board, is intended to raise awareness of Virginia’s caves and karst by providing opportunities for Virginians to learn about the world beneath their feet.

This year’s special tours of Ogdens Cave, closed to the public to protect the state endangered Appalachian springsnail, the thin-necked cave beetle and three species of crustacean which live inside, will allow a rare glimpse of the cave’s entrance room, pools, inhabitants and an underground segment of Buffalo Marsh Run.

Meanwhile, above ground, the tour will feature riparian buffer and prairie restoration projects currently under way.

The two-hour long tours, beginning on a continuous basis between 4:00pm and 6:30pm, are scheduled for April 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Anyone interested in taking in this excellent opportunity should wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts you don’t mind getting dirty, as well as footwear that is suitable for rough terrain. Helmets and flashlights will be provided.

To get to the preserve, take exit 302 (Middletown) off Interstate 81. Travel northwest a half-mile on Reliance Road to U.S. 11. Turn left and follow U.S. 11 south a half-mile to the stoplight at First Street. Turn right on First Street, and proceed 2 miles before turning left onto Belleview Lane. Travel three-quarters of a mile on Belleview, then turn right on Ogden Lane. Proceed a half-mile to the intersection of Ogden and Rector lanes, which marks the southeastern corner of the natural area.

For more information about the free tours, contact Wil Orndorff of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation by calling 540-553-1235.

Virginia Cave Week to feature tours of Frederick County natural area [Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation]

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