Stalactites, Stalagmites, one hang tightly to the ceiling, the other grows mightily from the floor. This picture is primarily stalactites mirrored in shallow water on the dark floor of the cave. Luray cavern were discovered when someone came across a hole in the ground venting cool air on a hot summer day. When people shimmied down the hole, an underground wonderland was found. Luray is just east of the Skyline Drive in north central Virginia. Expect a modest wait, admission is charged. There are considerable steps in and out, but good handrails. The walking tour at the bottom is largely self guided.