The Polar Caves might be celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer, but let’s face it, that’s kind of like observing your 28th birthday into perpetuity.
After all, it’s been some 50,000 years since a continental glacier moved over what became known as New Hampshire, helping to deposit granite boulders from the base of a section now known as Hawk’s Cliff. These granite blocks formed a series of passageways and caves that have attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists over the decades, promising visitors the chance to freely explore the caves on their own and to experience an iconic summer attraction in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
According to the park history marker, “Polar Caves was discovered by a group of local teenagers playing in the boulders beneath Mount Haycock in the year 1900. Twenty-two years later, Edwin Collishaw, seeing the potential, opened the caves to the public.”
One hundred years later, Polar Caves is prepared for another summer season of welcoming visitors into its popular lair of nooks and crannies. Many of them might be familiar with the “Orange Crush” or the “Lemon Squeeze.” Others might be visiting the caves for the first time.