Natural Bridge Caverns joins cave enthusiasts from around the world to increase awareness about the importance of caves and karst landscapes. Come be a part of our celebration of National Day of Caves & Karst on Thursday, June 6th for more hands-on educational experience with special guests and experts!
*Free programs are offered onsite with purchase of a cavern ticket - Buy Tickets Today.*
What in the world is “karst,” anyway? And how are Caves related?
Karst is a special type of landscape formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks, including limestone and dolomite. This leads to the creation of many different types of underground drainage systems, including caves and sinkholes. Usually where karsts are found, caves are too! Most, but not all, of the cave areas of the world are areas of karsts.
So why are Caves and Karst important?
Ten percent of the Earth’s surface is occupied by karst landscape and as much as 25% of the world’s population depends upon water supplied by karst areas. Most people know about caves, but only a small percentage have even heard of karst.
What is an example of Caves and Karst?
Natural Bridge Caverns is a perfect example of both caves and karst. Our Natural Bridge formation and Sinkhole show you two of the more distinct characteristics of a karst landscape. Over time, these have helped form the extensive cavern system below surface that we have been delighted to share with visitors for the last 55 years.