Do you know what the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Grand Central Terminal have in common? The cement used to help create them and other national icons was mined in Upstate New York – and you can go spelunking in that very cave! Widow Jane Cave [668 NY-213, Rosendale, NY 12472] is an easy hike to get to barely a quarter of a mile, just follow the signs.
It’s located on the grounds of the Snyder Estate Century House Historical Society and free to visit.
The cave has been flooded with ground water, be careful where you step and bring a good source of light.
No total darkness, because of the natural light from outside – but it is dark in there.
Mirror like reflections from the water give a sense of infinity.
After it’s life as a cement mine, the cave has been used for an assortment of venues from mushroom cultivation to drum circles, along with being a great little hike.