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Go Underground at Wyandotte Caves, O'Bannon Woods State Park
Start Date: 8/30/2019Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 8/30/2019End Time: 2:00 PM
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When: Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
Where: Wyandotte Caves, located at 7315 Wyandotte Cave Road, Leavenworth, IN 47137

Wyandotte Caves is offering people a chance to beat the heat this summer by going underground, where the temperature is a cool 52 degrees all year. 

Public tours of the caves begin on Saturday, May 25, and are then offered on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. 

Wyandotte Caves is managed by the staff at O'Bannon Woods State Park and is located between Corydon and Leavenworth on State Road 62 in Crawford County. Camping is available at O'Bannon Woods. Reservations can be made at camp.IN.gov.   

Jackets are recommended for all cave tours due to the cool temperature. Remember to wear comfortable and sturdy shoes. Pets, alcohol, and tobacco use are strictly prohibited in the caves. 

Big Wyandotte Cave is closed from Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend to protect hibernating Indiana bats. The cave is one of the most important hibernacula in the state for the endangered Indiana bat species. It is available for summer tours only. The tours are classified as rugged due to the steep terrain and stairs people must navigate. Tours take two hours and cover roughly 1.5 miles.

Tours of Big Wyandotte Cave are for ages 6 and older only, and are offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only. Cost is $18 for ages 12 and older; $9 for ages 6-11. Minimum group size is 15 and maximum is 25. 

Little Wyandotte Cave features public tours in the summer, and is available for pre-scheduled group tours throughout the year. The tours of this cave are open to all ages. They are shorter and easier than the Big Wyandotte tour, at 35-40 minutes, because of a lack of long staircases. This tour offers a view of many flowstone and dripstone formations. Occasionally, a cave-dwelling species can be seen. 

Tours of Little Wyandotte are offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only. Cost is $8 for ages 12 and older; $4 for ages 6-11; and free for ages 5 and younger. Maximum group size is 15. 

Both caves reopened in the summer of 2016 after a multi-year closure prompted by the impacts of white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has affected bats across the Eastern U.S. and beyond.  

Location Information:
O'Bannon Woods State Park  (View Map)
7234 Old Forest Road SW
Corydon, IN 47112
Phone: (812) 738-8232

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Name: Wyandotte Caves
Phone: 812-738-8232
Email: wyandottecaves@dnr.in.gov
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