Interested in seeing bats in a real cave?
These are some of the "bat friendly" commercial caves in Pennsylvania that may permit a seasonal peek at bats underground.
Located off US Route 40 east of Uniontown, PA. This is by far Pennsylvania's longest commercial cave and perhaps largest natural cave. As many as 100,000 bats over wintered here historically. The cave is closed in the middle of winter, so plan a trip as early or as late in the season as possible to maximize sightings.
At least three species can be seen from the regular tour route. Ask the guide to point them out, as they always know where to find them. Big browns should be visible in the entrance tunnels and towards the bottom of the Hall of the Mountain King. Little browns can be seen in the Dining Room. Heat seeking pipistrelles should be seen on occasion throughout the rest of the trip, as the cave warms up after leaving the Dining Room. For tour information see laurelcaverns.com.
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