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Smoke Hole Caverns feature unique attractions

June 28, 2012
By Anna Patrick - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Smoke Hole Caverns is a popular year-round family destination in Grant County's great outdoors.

The caverns formed 200 million years ago from the continuous carving of an underground stream. Today the cavern hosts folks from all over wishing to see its unique rock formations. The cavern is home to the world's largest ribbon stalactite, which hangs from the ceiling and is 16 feet long, 13 feet wide and weighs more than 2.5 tons. The site also features the Crystal Cave Coral Pool, one of only two such pools in the world, which is filled with golden and rainbow trout.

The cavern earned its name from a time when the Seneca Native Americans used the site to cure meat. Settlers passing through the area frequently would see the smoke billowing out of the top of the mountain, giving rise to the name of Smoke Hole. Through the years, the cavern also served as a shelter for Union and Confederate soldiers as well as a location for moonshiners to hide their stills.

Tours are offered daily at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. by professional guides well-versed in the geology and history of the area. The Smoke Hole Caverns Resort is open year-round. Reservations for lodging can be made by calling 1-800-828-8478 or online at



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