New discoveries are being made all the time at Indiana Caverns. Besides new passages being explored by local cavers, there are more species of cave animals – both alive and fossilized – being discovered.
History of Indiana Caverns
These caverns are actually part of the Binkley Cave System. Cavers have explored this cave system for many years. On February 11th, 2012 they found a connection between Blowing Hole cave and Binkley cave. The total length of the two is over 34 miles, making it the longest cave system in Indiana. They opened for tours in June, 2013.
The tour starts off with a fairly short video about the discovery of the caverns and uhhh….. other things. If you didn’t notice the books in the gift shop, this video might make you notice a subtle “Intelligent Design” theme to the caverns.
I don’t have any problem with a private business introducing a little theology into their product but it’s a bit different from most cave tours that are purely scientific. The theme does not continue into the cave tour itself.
I had the privilege of having Adrienne as my guide on the day of my visit. She is the granddaughter of one of the discoverers of Binkley cave. She’s also very enthusiastic and informative.
The caverns are not rich in cave formations. There are a few like this drapery and flowstone combo…
There is also a 4 story waterfall.
What they lack in formations, they make up for in cave animals, both alive and dead. These caverns are home to a large amount of bones from animals that lived in the Pleistocene epoch (Ice Age). You can see many of these fossils along the tour.
Scratch marks made by these ancient animals can also be seen in the caverns.
If dead animals aren’t your thing, you can spot many live cave animals along the tour. Blind cave crayfish and salamanders are among the many inhabitants here.
The 1 hour, 30 minute tour is mostly walking but there is a short boat ride at the end. Their website says it’s 25 minutes but it seemed much shorter to me. In my opinion, the boat ride was unimpressive. If you want to get a good feel for what’s it’s like to float down an underground river, visit Bluespring Caverns.
If you’d like to see cave animal life, both past and present, these caverns are an excellent choice. They also now have an adventure tour where you can climb, crawl and kayak underground for about 4 hours.
Location: 1267 Green Acres Drive SW, Corydon, IN 47112
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm