Caves and Mines
Secret Caverns Howes Cave
Where is it at?
671 Caverns Road
Tel: 617 742 0494
Just take the I-88 to exit 22, and follow the signs. They are 5 miles east of Cobleskill, NY off route 7.
Where are we going today?
Welcome to the Secret Caverns! Shhhh....can you keep a secret?
Deep underground, where people move and go about their daily lives, are mysterious halls which have been carved by the hands of time. Rarely seen by human eyes, the Secret Caverns are ready for you to be one of the few who have experienced such an amazing place!
Anyone who visits the cave and enjoy a tour, from 45 minutes to an hour, which will be guided, and very informative. Head through unsullied but accessible passageways which date back to prehistoric times. Stalactites are found clutching to the ceiling, and stalagmites can be found piercing the ground.
Do you know how these amazing formations are made? Do you know what flowstone is? If not, best head out on to one of the tours to find out what that is! (You'll discover many more facts too along the way!)
Journeying about 1/2 mile, you descend 103 steps to a lighted concrete walkway, and you get an intimate view of prehistoric fossils and those spectacular formations.
The tour ends at a very magical and impressive 100ft waterfall - all underground! It truly is a wonder of nature.
Since the caves were discovered in 1928, they have hosted a range of American roadside travelers and explorers - so it really does have a rich history!
So get ready for that underground adventure at the Secret Caverns, and discover all the secrets hidden within!
Can you keep a secret?
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 6 years of age
When can we go?
Daily April - Dec. Jun/July 9am - 5pm. Aug 9am - 6pm. Sept - Dec 10am - 4pm
Open April to Dec. Weekends on in December.
They have group rates so take advantage! What an amazing experience for kids to learn about geology and some of the worlds most fascinating features. .
Any Top Tips?
Tours depart every 15 - 20 minutes after the purchase of the ticket. .
Doing our bit
Whilst you can touch the formations (not like most of the US cave systems) still be careful not to damage them. The caverns do their best to protect and manage these amazing wonders. .
Need a little extra help?
If you are unsure, call ahead, but there are 103 stairs to enter and exit the caves .
Strollers are not permitted .
The caverns are 50 degrees all year round, so a jacket is recommended, and bring comfy walking shoes. .
What people are saying?
by Meena Anand
Absolutely enjoyable. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and fun and we had a great time. This tour is far better than Howe Caverns as you can touch things and stick your hands in the water and crawl all over the place. At one point our guide turned off the lights - with our permission - and we navigated the cave with flashlights. Definitely enjoyable.
by Cody Soule
Awesome little cave system, had a great tour guide and they allowed you to touch/climb on anything you want. You learn some nice history and get to see a sweet waterfall at the end of the cave.
by Samantha C
We decided to go here instead of Howe for Father's Day and it was a good choice, we had an awesome experience! Our tour guide was great. He kept things interesting between his knowledge of the cave and his humor. We were able to touch the cave walls, which was an added bonus. If you're looking for something to do, this is it! Bring your camera too, you'll want a picture of the waterfall.
by Matt Jacobs
Randomly stopped here with a buddy on my way back from Delaware County. Had a great tour with Garrett, who was funny and highly knowledgeable about the cave and its history. Would visit again.
by Maxine Breuer
What an amazing experience! This has got to be the most incredible natural wonder I have seen this close to home. I was not expecting much, but words can not express this amazing place. The tour guide was excellent and we were able to touch the cave walls and anything else we wanted to feel. You must go if you have the opportunity!