The SCCi owns or leases cave preserves in six southeastern states.
Caves listed as "Open" do not require a permit or advance notification. Please keep your group small and avoid disturbing or inconveniencing our neighbors. If you contact one of our property managers but don't get a response, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 423-771-9671 Extension 101.
Anderson Cave Preserve
(5 caves)
Acreage: Lease/management agreement in Shelby County, Alabama.
Preserve Managers: Joel McGuire and Jerry Saulsberry (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.
Charles B. Henson Cave Preserve at Johnsons Crook (30 caves)
Acreage: 1300 Acres in Dade County, Georgia
Preserve Managers: Patty Springer (Chair), Marty Abercrombie, Peter and Jane Morgan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit Required.  Visit SCCi Online Permits to obtain a permit.
Fern Cave Preserve (Kay Hill Deen Fern Cave Preserve)
Surprise Pit Entrance
Acreage: 80.0 acres in Jackson County, Alabama.
Preserve Manager : Steve Pitts (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.
Fox Mountain Cave Preserve
(11 caves)
Acreage: 448.6 acres in Dade County, Georgia
Preserve Managers: Marty Abercrombie (chair), Brian Killingbeck, and Jerry Wallace (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open, 12 person limit on group size, do not park on the Interstate. Contact the property managers for instructions. The entrance to Hurricane Cave the state of Georgia owns (through the pipe) is closed due to structural concerns with the entrance. The natural Sunbeam Exit (which is on SCCi property) is open. See the management plan for details.
Frenchman Knob Cave Preserve
Acreage: 38.6 acres in Hart County, Kentucky
Preserve Managers: Steve Miller (chair) and Patricia Kambesis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. Contact the management committee or read the management plan for details.
Frick's Cave Preserve
Acreage: 33.8 acres in Walker County, Georgia
Preserve Manager: E.T. Davis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Cave closed to protect endangered bat habitat. Preserve only permits are available. See the management plan for details.
Glove Pit Preserve
Acreage: 0.4 acres in Madison County, Alabama
Preserve Manager: Jim Hall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open. Very limited parking area. Do not block the road or impede traffic. See the management plan for details.
Gourdneck Cave Preserve
Acreage: Leased in Marion County, Tennessee
Preserve Manager: Maureen Handler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open, 8 person limit on group size, do not block road. Cavers must now bring a rope for the entrance drop. See the management plan for details.
Hollow Ridge Cave Preserve
Acreage: 4.97 acres in Jackson County, Florida
Preserve Manager: Allen Mosler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open. 12 person group size limit. See the management plan for details.
Holly Creek Cave Preserve
Acreage: 14.3 acres in Wayne County, Tennessee
Preserve Manager: Shane Stacy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.
Horse Skull Cave Preserve
Acreage: 40 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Preserve Manager: Andy Zellner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open. 12 person group size limit. See the management plan for details.
Howard's Waterfall Cave Preserve
Acreage: 1.25 acres in Dade County, Georgia
Preserve Managers: Ben Eudy, Mike Hills, and Steve Davis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open. Use the Main Entrance only. The SCCi doesn't own the other entrances. See the management plan for details.
Jennings Cave Preserve
Acreage: 0.5 acres in Marion County, Florida
Preserve Managers: Mike Gordon (Chair), Kitty Markley and Sean Roberts (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Advanced arrangements for access must be made with the property manager. 12 person group size limit. See the Management Plan for details.
Kennamer Cave Preserve
(2 caves)
Acreage: 227.1 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Preserve Manager: Mark Ostrander (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit Required.  Visit SCCi Online Permits to obtain a permit.
Limrock Blowing Cave Preserve
Acreage: 48.34 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Preserve Manager: Tommy Royston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open. 12 person group size limit. Please park in the SCCi parking area only. See the management plan for details.
Lobelia Saltpeter Cave Preserve
Acreage: 29.5 acres in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
Preserve Manager: Dave Cowan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit Required. Contact the property manager for more information.
Logsdon Cave Preserve
(William Halliday Cave Preserve)
Acreage: Leased in Hart County, Kentucky
Preserve Manager: John Hoffelt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access : Permit required, contact the management committee for access.
Neversink Preserve
Acreage: 32.87 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Preserve Managers: Jim Hall and Darien Dopp (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open. Rig only to two newly installed sets of bolts. 12 person group size limit. 6 vehicles maximum in parking area. Do not park on the road. See the management plan for details.
Rattling Cave Preserve
Acreage: Leased in Cocke County, Tennessee
Preserve Manager: Curtis Ellison (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.
Run To The Mill Cave Preserve
 (3 caves)
Access: Permit required. Limit of 12 people maximum, 3 person minimum. Seasonally closed to protect hibernating population of endangered Indiana bats. Open at least May 1 - August 31 (may open earlier and close later in any given year, depending on bat activity.)
Preserve Managers: Buddy Lane, Brad Tipton, and Jeff Patton. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
Preserve Management: Management Plan
Sinking Cove Cave Preserve
(73 caves)
Acreage: Leased in Franklin County, Tennessee
Preserve Managers: Buddy Lane and Bill Putnam (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Advance notification required. 16 person group size limit. Closed during deer and turkey seasons. See the management plan for details.
Snail Shell Cave Preserve
Acreage: 88.2 acres in Rutherford County, Tennessee
Preserve Managers: Bob Biddix and Erica Sughrue (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: SCCi or NSS membership and  advance notification required. 12 person group size limit. See the management plan for details.
South Pittsburg Pit Preserve
Acreage: 20.76 acres in Marion County, Tennessee
Preserve Managers: David Crisp and Carl Lehmann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open, 12 person limit on group size. See the management plan for details.
Stephens Gap Callahan Cave Preserve
(5 caves)
Acreage: 123 acres in Jackson County, AL
Preserve Managers: Tom Whitehurst, Milton Polsky, and Aaron Polsky (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required.  Visit SCCi Online Permits to obtain a permit.
Steward Spring Cave Preserve
 (3 caves)
Acreage: 15.0 acres in DeKalb County, Alabama
Preserve Managers: Ken Rupil and Lin Guy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Cave is gated - advance arrangements must be made with the property managers before visiting. See the management plan for details.
Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve (John T. Dolberry Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve)
Acreage: 5.0 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Preserve Manager: Tumbling Rock, Inc. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open on Saturdays and Sundays. For details or special arrangements contact the property manager. See the management plan for details.
Valhalla Cave Preserve
(6 caves)
Acreage: 145.0 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Preserve Managers: Buddy Lane and Bill Putnam (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: SCCi or NSS membership and advance notification required. 12 person group size limit. Closed during deer and turkey seasons. See the management plan for details.
Varnedoe Cave Preserve
Acreage: Lease/management agreement in Madison County, Alabama
Preserve Manager: Julie Schenck Brown (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Advance notification required. 8 person group size limit. Closed during deer and turkey seasons. See the management plan for details.
Wolf River Cave Preserve
Acreage: 32.86 acres in Fentress County, Tennessee
Preserve Manager: Kristen Bobo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.
NOTICE: To help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) affecting bat populations, please read the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy before you plan a trip to an SCCi cave. Visitors to certain caves must complete the Clean Caving Questionnaire. Some caves also require a permit. Check individual cave preserve pages for details.
Caves listed as "Open" do not require a permit or advance notification. Please keep your group small and avoid disturbing or inconveniencing our neighbors. If you contact one of our property managers but don't get a response, please contact our Stewardship Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or by phone at 423-771-9671.
Lobelia Saltpeter Cave
Acreage: 29.5 acres in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
Property Manager: Dave Cowan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit Required. See the management plan for details.
NOTICE: To help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) affecting bat populations, please read the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy before you plan a trip to an SCCi cave. Visitors to certain cave preserves need to complete the Clean Caving Questionnaire. Some caves also require a permit. Check individual cave preserve pages for details.
Caves listed as "Open" do not require a permit or advance notification. Please keep your group small and avoid disturbing or inconveniencing our neighbors. If you contact one of our property managers but don't get a response, please contact our Stewardship Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or by phone at 423-771-9671.
Frenchman Knob
Acreage: 27.48 acres in Hart County, Kentucky
Property Managers: Steve Miller (chair) and Patricia Kambesis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. Contact the management committee or read the management plan for details.for details.
Logsdon Cave
(William R. Halliday Cave Preserve)
Acreage: Leased in Hart County, Kentucky
Property Manager: John Hoffelt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access : Permit required, contact the management committee for access.
NOTICE: To help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) affecting bat populations, please read the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy before you plan a trip to an SCCi cave. Visitors to certain cave preserves must complete the Clean Caving  Questionnaire. Some caves also require a permit to visit. Check individual cave preserve pages for details.
Caves listed as "Open" do not require a permit or advance notification. Please keep your group small and avoid disturbing or inconveniencing our neighbors. If you contact one of our property managers but don't get a response, please contact our Stewardship Chair by email to (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by phone at 423-771-9671.
Gourdneck Cave Preserve
Acreage: Leased in Marion County, Tennessee
Property Manager: Maureen Handler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open, 8 person limit on group size, do not block road. Cavers must now bring a rope for the entrance drop. See the management plan for details.
Holly Creek Cave Preserve
Acreage: 14.3 acres in Wayne County, Tennessee
Property Manager: Shane Stacy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.
Rattling Cave Preserve
Acreage: Leased in Cocke County, Tennessee
Property Manager: Curtis Ellison (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.
Run To The Mill Cave Preserve
(3 caves)
Acreage: 77.8 acres in Cumberland County, Tennessee
Property Managers:
Buddy Lane, Brad Tipton, and Jeff Patton. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Access: Permit required. Limit of 12 people maximum, 3 person minimum. Seasonally closed to protect hibernating population of endangered Indiana bats. Open at least May 1 - August 31 (may open earlier and close later in any given year, depending on bat activity.)  Cave is currently CLOSED. See management plan for details.
Sinking Cove Cave Preserve
(73 caves)
Acreage: 15,000 acres leased in Franklin County, Tennessee
Property Manager: Buddy Lane and Bill Putnam (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Advance notification required. 16 person group size limit. Closed during deer and turkey seasons. See the management plan for details.
Snail Shell Cave Preserve
Acreage: 88.2 acres in Rutherford County, Tennessee
Property Manager: Bob Biddix and Erica Sughrue (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: SCCi or NSS membership and  advance notification required. 12 person group size limit. See the management plan for details.
South Pittsburg Pit Preserve
Acreage: 20.76 acres in Marion County, Tennessee
Property Manager: David Crisp and Carl Lehmann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open, 12 person limit on group size. See the management plan for details.
Wolf River Cave Preserve
Acreage: 32.86 acres in Fentress County, Tennessee
Property Manager: Kristen Bobo and Ken Pasternack (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.
NOTICE: To help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) affecting bat populations, please read the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy before you plan a trip to an SCCi cave. Visitors to some cave preserves must fill out a the Clean Caving Questionnaire. Some caves also require a permit. Check individual cave preserve pages for details.
 
Caves listed as "Open" do not require a permit or advance notification. Please keep your group small and avoid disturbing or inconveniencing our neighbors. If you contact one of our property managers but don't get a response, please contact our Stewardship Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or by phone at 423-771-9671.
Hollow Ridge
Acreage: 4.97 acres in Jackson County, Florida
Property Manager: Allen Mosler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open. 12 person group size limit. See the management plan for details.
Jennings Cave
Acreage: 0.5 acres in Marion County, Florida
Property Manager: Mike Gordon (Chair), Sean Roberts, Kitty Markley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Cave is gated. Advanced arrangements for access must be made with the property manager. 12 person group size limit. See the Management Plan for details.
NOTICE: To help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) affecting bat populations, please read the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy before you plan a trip to an SCCi cave. Visitors to certain cave preserves must complete the Clean Caving  Questionnaire. Some caves also require a permit to visit. Check individual cave preserve pages for details.
Caves listed as "Open" do not require a permit or advance notification. Please keep your group small and avoid disturbing or inconveniencing our neighbors. If you contact one of our property managers but don't get a response, please contact our Stewardship Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call him at 423-771-9671.
 
Charles B. Henson Cave Preserve at Johnsons Crook (30 caves)
Acreage: 1300 Acres in Dade County, Georgia
Property Manager: Patty Springer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.
Fox Mountain
(11 caves)
Acreage: 448.59 acres in Dade County, Georgia
Property Managers: Marty Abercrombie (chair), Brian Killingbeck, and Jerry Wallace (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open, 12 person limit on group size, do not park on the Interstate. Contact the property managers for instructions.The entrance to Hurricane Cave the state of Georgia owns (through the pipe) is closed due to structural problems with the entrance. The natural Sunbeam Exit (which is on SCCi property) is open. See the management plan for details.
Frick's Cave
Acreage: 33.8 acres in Walker County, Georgia
Property Managers: E.T. Davis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Closed due to endangered cave life. Access by special arrangement only. See the management plan for details.
Howard's Waterfall Cave
Acreage: 1.25 acres in Dade County, Georgia
Property Manager: Ben Eudy, Mike Hills and Steve Davis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open. Use the Main Entrance only. The SCCi doesn't own the other entrances. See the management plan for details.
 

NOTICE: To help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) affecting bat populations, please read the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy before you plan a trip to an SCCi cave. Visitors to certain cave preserves now must fill out a Clean Caving Questionnaire. Some caves also require a permit. Check individual cave preserve pages for details.
Caves listed as "Open" do not require a permit or advance notification. Please keep your group small and avoid disturbing or inconveniencing our neighbors. If you contact one of our property managers but don't get a response, please contact our Stewardship Chair by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 423-771-9671.
Anderson Cave Preserve
(5 caves)
Acreage: Lease/management agreement in Shelby County, Alabama.
Property Manager: Joel McGuire and Jerry Saulsberry (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.
Fern Cave Preserve
(Surprise Pit Entrance)
Acreage: 80.0 acres in Jackson County, Alabama.
Property Manager : Steve Pitts (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.
Glove Pit Cave Preserve
Acreage: 0.4 acres in Madison County, Alabama
Property Manager: Jim Hall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open. Very limited parking area. Do not block the road or impede traffic. See the management plan for details.
Horse Skull Cave Preserve
Acreage: 40 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Property Manager: Andy Zellner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open, but advance notice to the adjacent landowner is required. 12 person group size limit. See the management plan for details.
Kennamer Cave Preserve
(2 caves)
Acreage: 227.1 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Property Manager: Mark Ostrander (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit Required. Contact the property manager for more information.
Limrock Blowing Cave Preserve
Acreage: 48.34 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Property Manager: Tommy Royston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open. 12 person group size limit. Please park in the SCCi parking area only. See the management plan for details.
Neversink Preserve
Acreage: 32.87 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Property Manager: Jim Hall and Darien Dopp (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open. Rig only to the two newly installed sets of bolts. 12 person group size limit. 6 vehicles maximum in parking area. Do not park on the road. See the management plan for details.
Stephens Gap Callahan Cave Preserve
(5 caves)
Acreage: 123 acres in Jackson County, AL
Property Managers: Tom Whitehurst, Milton Polsky, and Aaron Polsky (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Permit required. See the Stephens Gap Visitor Use Plan for details.
Steward Spring Cave Preserve
Acreage: 15.0 acres in DeKalb County, Alabama
Property Manager: Ken Rupil and Lin Guy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Cave is gated - advance arrangements must be made with the property managers before visiting. See the management plan for details.
Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve
Acreage: 5.0 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Property Manager: Tumbling Rock, Inc. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Open on Saturdays and Sundays. For details or special arrangements contact the property manager. See the management plan for details.
Valhalla Cave Preserve
(1 major cave and 3 smaller ones)
Acreage: 145.0 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Property Managers: Buddy Lane and Bill Putnam (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: SCCi or NSS membership and advance notification required. 12 person group size limit. Closed during deer and turkey seasons. See the management plan for details.
Varnedoe Cave Preserve
Acreage: Lease/management agreement in Madison County, Alabama
Property Manager: Julie Schenck Brown (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Access: Advance notification required. 8 person group size limit. Closed during deer and turkey seasons. See the management plan for details.
 
NOTICE: To help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) affecting bat populations, please read the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy before you plan a trip to an SCCi cave. Visitors to certain caves must fill out a the Clean Caving Questionnaire. Some caves also require a permit. Check individual cave preserve pages for details.
Commercial Use Statement
The Board of the Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCi) reaffirms its standing policy that bans the commercial use of our properties, and specifically, prohibits any activity where a charge of any type is made. Should you have any questions, contact the SCCi Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Permits are required for all SCCi preserves. To request a permit, visit http://permits.scci.org.
The SCCi protects over 170 caves on 31 preserves in 6 states. For over 25 years, SCCi has balanced conservation with recreational use. Use the following table to discover more about our preserves and how you can visit. You can sort the table by header.
Some preserves have same-day issued permits which can be received with no notice. These permits issue automatically when all releases have been signed. The system is optimized for mobile devices and permits can be easily obtained even from the parking lot of a preserve with cell phone coverage.
Preserves with same day permits are noted in the table below. Other permits can take a minimum of  48 hours to review once all release signatures have been collected.
Safety: If you are considering caving for the first time, are a beginner or just want to learn how to cave more safely click here!
Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace principles are especially critical in cave environments. Caves are slow to regenerate once damaged. Do not mark or write anything on cave walls, ceilings or floors - even in the dust. Defacing or destroying anything in a cave is a crime and SCCi will prosecute. Carry all waste/trash away with you. Everyone should be able to enjoy a cave in its natural state so leave it like that. SCCi is a member of and subscribes to the principles of Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
Hiking: With any permit, you can spend time above and below ground hiking and exploring SCCi preserves. Some SCCi preserves offer a 'preserve only' permit which does not allow entry to the caves but affords hikers and nature lovers an opportunity to explore above ground. These permits have different group size requirements than caving permits. Preserves which offer these surface only permits are listed as offering surface only permits in the table below.
Camping: Camping is allowed on some SCCi preserves. Camping in caves is strictly prohibited. All camping is primitive and must be done in the areas instructed by Preserve Teams. At various times a year, SCCi may institute campfire bans to protect our forests and natural resources. All waste (human and otherwise) must be carried out of campsites and disposed of properly.


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