The name comes from a natural bridge that is above ground.
Make sure everyone takes their potty breaks before starting the tour. No bathrooms available in the caves! Just trash cans to make sure you don't litter even though food and drinks (except water bottles) are prohibited. The facilities were old but still cleaned well.
The grounds above, surrounding the caverns are also lovely. There are benches to rest on under trees and picnic areas.
Now about what we encountered inside...
At the beginning of the tour our guide, Madison, pointed out crystal formations.
Because of the harshness in the caves' makeup, plants are unable to thrive. However, there has been one plant that has survived the years since falling as a spore off one of the explorers. This fern has proven that life is possible deep below the surface.
Madison pointed out the various formations and explained how they formed.
This was Sherwood Forest as the formations looked like tall, slender trees. The tallest pillar is called Totem Pole at 32' high.
We walked above Purgatory Creek. It's the deepest point on the tour at 211'.
The Mount of the Landlord looks like an apartment building of sorts with the landlord sitting atop waiting to swoop in and collect his rent!
The path the tour takes is very different from the way the original explorers came though. They crawled through Grendels Canyon for starters.
Also available is the maze. It's $7.99 to get in though. Towards the end of the tour, they take your picture which is printed and ready by the time you get out. It's $10+ tax.
A few things I should mention....
This tour can be quite strenuous. There is quite a bit of leg work going into the trek. Since you can't touch the rocks or walls, you have only handrails to grasp on some parts of the trip. The oils from your fingers can and will discolor the rocks. Bats might be seen. There is a lot of bat explanation going on but it was really cool. Towards the last leg of the walk, there's a water fountain that channels cave water. Definitely not like your spring water and not very cold.
Madison gave some fun facts to help you remember the difference between stalagmites and stalactites. Stalagmites MIGHT reach the ceiling one day. Stalactites hang right from the ceiling.
All the staff we encountered were friendly.
Oh and we should've stopped off on Bat Cave Loop to check on Batman... But I was already tired. >.<