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Bellevue - Seneca Caverns

15248 East Township Road 178

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Preserved close to its original natural state, Seneca Caverns is a unique and educational adventure which you will always remember.

Seneca Caverns was discovered in June 1872 by two boys, Peter Rutan and Henry Komer of Flat Rock, Ohio, while hunting rabbits with their dog. Their dog chased a rabbit to a brush pile, where the dog and rabbit then disappeared.

Seneca Caverns was discovered in June 1872 by two boys, Peter Rutan and Henry Komer of Flat Rock, Ohio, while hunting rabbits with their dog. Their dog chased a rabbit to a brush pile, where the dog and rabbit then disappeared. The boys dug around the brush pile and discovered an opening, which was actually a natural sinkhole. The boys fell through the opening, landing in the first level of the cave. They found their dog, and crawled back up to the cave entrance. They then returned home and told everyone about their discovery.

The cave became known as Good's Cave, for Mr. Emmanuel Good, the owner of the farm on which the cave was located. In 1929, Don and Fannie Bell moved to Bellevue, where Mr. Bell established his law practice.Mr. Bell became interested in caves while taking an elective geology course at the University of Michigan Law School. The course included a field trip to Mammoth Cave area in Kentucky. The great beauty of these underground natural wonders fascinated Mr. Bell; this fascination remained with him all of his life.Soon after moving to Bellevue, Mr. Bell heard about Good's Cave. It was his interest in caves that compelled him to explore the cave with Mr. Good.

In 1931, Mr. Bell discovered a series of passageways and rooms not previously known to exist, which led to an underground river, the water table. With this discovery, Don Bell thought the cave was large enough to develop commercially. Following two and a half year's improvement effort, Seneca Caverns was opened to the public on May 14, 1933.

Retained close to its original, natural, wild state, this subterranean tour is truly a unique and educational experience you will always remember. Experts have stated that Seneca Caverns may be the only cave of its kind open for public visitation. The official designation as a Registered Natural Landmark by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, reflects this quality!


Melissa Stimmell

Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017
This place is amazing. Saw a sign for it on the way back home from Put-in-Bay and decided to give it a try. So glad we did! They give tours of a cave that is underground, talk about the history involved. It was very easy to climb up and down, there were a few spots that were slick due to the water in the cave. They have a nice gift shop where you can buy a bag of dirt to pan for gems. We got quite a few really nice ones! And bring a light jacket, it is a little chilly in the cave!

Natalie M.

Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017
Very unique place. Not for very small children or claustrophobic people. There are some places in the caves that will require a lot of bending. Some passages are very narrow. Lighting is adequate for photography. If you are taking big camera with you be cautious not to hit the lens. There is not too much room for the tripods and the neck-straps will work the best. They do not allow backpacks for a good reason. You will need both your hands to balance since there are no hand railings. The most rewarding moment is the 98% pure water on level 6 or 7. They do not have cups for drinking so take an empty bottle or a flask if you would like to take it back to the surface with you or try it on the spot. Allow at least 1.5 hours.

Jaqui Brant

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
I visited the caverns today with two of my daughters. We had a blast. We happened to come at a slow period, so we got a private tour. Mac was awesome. My girls loved her, she was very knowledgeable, and her personality was great. We loved the gift shop. I got a beautiful Tiger's Eye. My girls got the bags of gems to sift through outside. Tickets are a bit steep. Overall great time!

Carey King

Friday, March 9, 2018
Great family fun took my kids last summer they really enjoyed it.

benjamin lynch

Sunday, June 18, 2017
We had a blast! Great family adventure. Perfect cave to explore. As the only open to the public fracture cave in North America - be prepared to stoop, bend and climb through the caverns. Bottom level of the cave is the purest fresh water you will find, and you're allowed to touch and take a sip, bring a bottle and fill it up! Try panning for fossils and gemstones using the sluice trough - great experience for the kids! Neat location, knowledgable staff. Highly recommend!

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