Caves and Mines
Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Pottersville
Where is it at?
Natural Stone Bridge and Caves
535 Stone Bridge Road
Tel: 518 494 2283
Where are we going today?
The massive stone bridge arch - the largest marble cave entrance in the east - dominates this spectacular display of Adirondack geology and has captivated visitors for over 200 years. Unlike slow forming limestone caverns, these marble caves were rapidly formed during the last ice age by an unusual fault exposing a layer of ancient marble to raging acidic floodwaters from melting glaciers.
Take a walking stick, map, and camera and set out on a self-guided, above-ground, natural stone step nature trail and experience up-close the many unique rock features in the marble gorge, such as potholes, grottos, and mill site waterfalls. Descend into lighted surface caves with raging waterfalls or tranquil dark pools. Try the “adventure tour” to explore additional caves for those willing to crawl and get a bit dirty, only to get rinsed off with the final “cave float”.
After exploring the caves, relax in a large family swing or enjoy homemade fudge in wooded picnic areas. See the Adirondack memories display or view a free PBS video describing the history and geology of the caves. An extensive Rock Shop offers many fine crystals, gems, fossils and bookends and 8 diamond saws/3 rock poppers to open Mexican geodes, each one a treasure with agate designs or crystals.
Other activities and fun for the kids include: Gemstone Mining, Gold Rush Mine, Crystal Quest Mine, Caveman Challenge Climbing Wall, Frisbee Golf Course, fish feeding, jewelry making, Dino Digs & Butterfly Box.
Food and lodging available.
How much does it cost?
- AdultsFrom $12.98
- ChildrenFrom $8.50
- Free Under: 4 years.
When can we go?
Late May through June 9am to 5pm, July to early September 9am to 7pm, September through October 10a
A favorite of Earth Science teachers, we have partnered with local educators to develop an Earth/Science Lesson Plan that is available upon request. In addition, part of our group tour plan is short presentation describing the unique history and geology of the site with additional talks on rocks/geology, local wildlife (with a fish feeding activity), & local butterflies (with a butterfly naming/tagging activity)..
Food service at the main cave facility includes a snack bar with items such as: sandwiches, hamburgers, nachos and drinks. A full lunch or dinner and > 40 flavors of soft ice-cream is available at our Rt 9 Stone Bridge Café located 2.5 miles away on the corner of Rt 9 and Stone Bridge Rd. Enjoy our homemade caveman fudge. Grills and pavilions are also available for a picnic lunch or dinner..
Our Stone Bridge Café offers a variety of healthy food choices. We now only use greaseless high speed cooking ovens to prepare our food. All our wraps are made to order and several salad options are available..
Any Top Tips?
Because we keep the trail as natural as possible, please bring good rubber soled walking shoes. We do rent sneakers if you do forget your own. Much of the trail is above ground (with optional descents into the caves) and thus you are exposed to the weather. You will NOT need extra clothes to keep warm (as in other caves), but may need a rain jacket or umbrella if it rains, and bug repellent in the Spring. Bring your CAMERA..
Need a little extra help?
The standard and adventure natural cave tours are fairly rigorous with uneven natural stone steps (over 500) and 3/4 mile long. They are not accessible with a stroller or by wheelchair (we do rent backpacks to carry the youngsters if you do not have one). However, our gift shop, PBS video, museum, rock shop and restrooms are wheelchair accessible and available free of charge..
Can I get one of those?
Unlike most tourist gift shops, a wide variety of interesting and unique gifts are available. After 40+ years in the rock and mineral business, our rock shop has expanded out into our gift shop and includes items such as bookends, rock candle holders, rock magnets - just about anything made of rocks! Also, if you are into crystals, jewelry, one of a kind mineral specimens, amethyst cathedrals or geodes (we have 8 diamond saws to cut), then plan a visit soon. .
What people are saying?
by Bob Rissler
This was a good pit stop for a long day of driving but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit it. The scenery was nice but the price was a little high for basically an hour long hiking trail. You get to see inside a few caves but you don't really get to go in them. The rock shop was pretty cool though. We didn't go on an adventure tour. That seemed like it would be much more enjoyable but we didn't have the time for that during our trip.
by Terry S
Had a great time doing the Stone Bridge Adventure Tour. There was some spelunking, going into caves with water, floating in a river. It was a unique experience. The guides were great and the other trails and rock store were an extra bonus.
by Sebastien Hinse
Great place for an easy hike with the kids. The scenery is very nice and the price was reasonable. You spend most of the time walking outside, though, so if you're looking for a true underground cave, go elsewhere.
by A Google User
Very nice caves with about 45 minutes of trails to wonder. Yes there are a good number of people usually, and it is almost 15 dollars per adult, but there is a ton to trail work done here. It gives you a good mix between a true hike in the wilderness, and a walking path. Over all it is something worth seeing.
by A Google User
We did the hike, which was a lot of fun. Great views, amazing rocks.
The stairs may be challenging small children.