Lincoln Caverns & Whisper Rocks Celebrates 93 Years of Fascinating, Educating & Inspiring Guests of All Ages

– by Ellie Aungst

The tradition of fascinating, educating and inspiring guests of all ages began at Lincoln Caverns & Whisper Rocks, near Huntingdon and Raystown Lake, began 93 years ago on June 25, 1931. Originally developed by the farmer who owned the land on which the caverns were discovered, the cave was for sale after one year of operation. Myron Dunlavy, Sr. of Buffalo, NY was traveling the northeastern US looking for a cave to buy!

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- Photo courtesy of Lincoln Caverns

His interest was in entertainment and the underground world, a love he developed while exploring caves in Southern Indiana as a young adult. When he happened upon the recently developed ‘Hi-Way-May Caverns,’ on the new US Route 22 in Huntingdon County, PA, he found his cave and fulfilled his dream. His lease/purchase agreement with the original developers began, in June 1932. In 1937 when Myron became owner, the name was changed to Lincoln Caverns and remains so today.

Myron Dunlavy, Jr., Myron Sr.’s son, discovered the awe-inspiring Whisper Rocks in September 1941, ten years after the discovery of Lincoln Caverns and just months before the start of World War II. This cave has been protected and preserved by four generations of the Dunlavy family and shared with guests since the early 1960s. The two-cave tour is enjoyed by visitors from around the world every year.

This June the Lincoln Caverns’ family continues the tradition of celebrating four generations of Dunlavy family legacy with the 19th edition of Discover Days on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, 2023, 9 AM – 5 PM each day. What started out as a 75th Anniversary celebration is now an annual event, held on the weekend in June closest to the opening of Hi-Way-May Caverns as a show cave, on June 25, 1931. As an added treat, ECHO THE BAT, Lincoln Caverns’ mascot, joins the family at Discovery Days, 12 – 3 PM both Saturday and Sunday, with photo ops and gifts for all our young visitors.

Lincoln Caverns also invites guests of all ages to participate in a series of 45-minute workshops featuring hands-on activities, games, and crafts, scheduled on the hour beginning at 11:00 AM each day. Offered at no additional charge, visitors will enjoy Batty About Bats, Rocks Rock, Fossil Fun, and S.O.S. – Save Our Species, plus presentations of An Introduction to Speleology and The History & Development of Lincoln Caverns. Workshop space is limited, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. For a complete schedule of activities, call 814.643.0268 or visit

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- Photo courtesy of Lincoln Caverns

An added bonus of a visit to Lincoln Caverns is the cool and comfortable 50° temperature, providing welcome relief from the summer’s heat. Visitors are also invited to enjoy the picnic pavilions, nature trails, panning for real gems, and Raystown Rocks Gift Shop, featuring the area’s finest variety of rocks, minerals, fossils, books, toys, T-shirts, and educational items.

Lincoln Caverns, where science, adventure, and discovery are NATURALLY FUN, is the northeast’s premiere caves and karst educational facility. Located just three miles west of Huntingdon, PA, they are the closest caverns to Raystown Lake. Call (814) 643-0268, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, visit our website at or write: 7703 William Penn Highway, Huntingdon, PA 16652, for more information.

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Celebrate 93 years of discovery with the Dunlavy family, Echo the Bat and $9.30 for all tickets at Lincoln Caverns’ 19th Annual Discovery Days, 7703 William Penn Hwy, Route 22, Huntingdon. Saturday, June 24 & Sunday, June 25, 2023, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Just once a year, enjoy special historic tours, free workshops, children’s activities and fun for the whole family. No advance tickets required. Visit for a complete schedule of activities.

19th Annual Discovery Days - Schedule of Events and Activities

Celebrating 93 Years of Discovery and Dunlavy Family Legacy (1930-2023)

Saturday and Sunday, June 24 & 25, 2023

Historic Interpretive Tours of Lincoln Caverns & Whisper Rocks, PLUS Free Workshops & Activities for the whole family!

11:00 AM Introduction To Speleology

Personalized, interactive Powerpoint presentation, featuring cave formation, types of speleothems, cave life and conservation.

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- Photo courtesy of Lincoln Caverns


All about Pennsylvania’s bat species and their importance in our world with games, activities and a craft to take home!

12:00 – 3:00 PM ECHO the BAT Meet & Greet


Rocks, minerals, and crystals, too! Visit various stations performing identification tests and learning fascinating properties of rocks and minerals. And a rock craft too!

2:00 PM History & Development of Lincoln Caverns

Personalized presentation, featuring the history of three generations of discovery, education, and conservation of Lincoln Caverns & Whisper Rocks.


Discover the past! Hands-On activities teach how fossils formed and provide clues to the history of our earth. Includes fossil craft & fossil hunt.


Bats, birds, flowers, plants – many are endangered.

Discuss species from your home state and why bats have become endangered. Research your favorite and make a poster to take home.

You are invited to hike our nature trails, look over our Campground, use our picnic facilities, pan for gems, and browse in Raystown Rocks, the area’s largest gift shop. Be sure to tour the Lincoln Learning Center and find out about the many programs Lincoln Caverns has to offer.


$9.30 for 93 Years of Discovery!
All tickets – all ages (children 3 and under are free)

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