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Indian Echo Caverns - Hummelstown, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 40° 15.241 W 076° 43.010
18T E 353992 N 4457364
Quick Description: Indian Echo Caverns, now a tourist attraction near Harrisburg, had a large natural entrance that has since been bricked up.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 11/26/2014 3:23:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMMYZ6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
Near Hummelstown, off Middletown Road, is Indian Echo Caverns, where guided tours are given of a large cavern.

To get to the caverns, from US Route 322, take the exit for Middletown Road exit for Hummelstown, then turn south AWAY from Hummelstown. Look for the sign on the right, then turn onto the driveway and drive to the end.

The gift shop is the first place to stop, where you need to purchase tickets. At the time (2014) they were $14 for adults, $8 for children. There are specific time slots to limit human impact on the cavern features.

You wait on the property until the time arrives. You could wait at the benches near the stairway, or watch or feed the goats in the fenced in area. When the guide arrives, you are led down a series of winding stairs to the base, which is near the level of Swatara Creek about a hundred feet from the end. The entrance was originally a large natural gape, but it has since been bricked up.

The room immediately inside the door is spacious. From there, you are led through several rooms and at least two different passageways. Many features are shown, including stalactites, flowstone, and stalagmites. A still water pool is also visible. In the largest room, the ceiling is about 80 ft high, leaving about 20 ft of rock to the surface. At one time, we were under the proprietor's house, and another time, we were under the parking lot. The total tour takes about 45 minutes.

Well worth the stop.
Type of Land: Private Land

Managed By: Swartz family

Contact Info: (717)-566-8131

Website: [Web Link]

Type of Cave: Karst Cave

Contains Stalactites: yes

Contains Stalagmites: yes

Contains Bats: no

Price of Admission: 14.00 (listed in local currency)

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