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ABOVE: Bridal Veil is a formation at Lost
World Caverns near Lewisburg, West Virginia.
LEFT: The 45-foot-tall Ruby Falls takes its
name from the wife of Leo Lambert, who
developed Ruby Falls, a cave near Chattanooga,

IN CASE YOU'RE
WONDERING
Is it a cave or a cavern? "That's the
technical difference between a cave
and a cavern: the size of the main
rooms," says Steve Silverberg, owner
of West Virginia's Lost World Caverns.
"Caves are usually small rooms connected by narrow passageways going
on and on like a string of pearls. And
caverns are these enormous cavernous
openings. Usually, that was indicative
of a lot of water flowing."
-JT

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COOL CAVES
Legends and lore flow like flowstone
in the underground when tales turn to
liquid.
Once, it's said, moonshiners hunkered
in stone-sided bunkers, braving bats in
caverns to concentrate on their concoctions.
Today, you'll see evidence of moonshine stills at the Forbidden Caverns
of Sevier County, Tennessee, and the
Smoke Hole Caverns near Petersburg,
West Virginia.
Checking the weather: Temperatures
usually remain in the 50s year-round in
the underground. "And as soon as I tell

them it's 54 degrees, they buy the ticket,"
says Burton Blessing, tour guide for Grand
Caverns in Augusta County, Virginia.
Such cool temps are why Bristol Caverns, just below the Tennessee-Virginia
border, once were chosen for a few city
council meetings.
But, watch out: Bristol Caverns is also
where you might hear the ghost of Betty
Bishop, a woman who was so beautiful
that she was killed and dumped into this
cavern by a jealous competitor looking for
love.
Don't despair.
When it comes to true love, do like
dozens of others and get married beneath
"The Wedding Bell" of Dixie Caverns. You
can also tie the knot between a rock and
a hard place at Virginia's Endless Caverns.
Or march arm-in-arm down to Cathedral Hall at Skyline Caverns, where more
than 150 weddings have taken place.
"And either they're getting off to a rocky
start," says Ketola. "Or they're rock solid."


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