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 ground hiking and exploring SCCi preserves. Some SCCi preserves offer a 'preserve only' or hiking 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.
[table id=1 /]
SCCi wants to make it easy for you to support the conservation of wild caves in the Southeast. However you choose to give, know how much it is appreciated and needed. Use the menu on the right to learn more about the different ways you can make a difference. Or you can buy some great SCCi merchandise at our online store by clicking here.
We thank you and future generations will thank you.
A Board of Directors, elected by the membership, governs the SCCi. Terms of office are staggered, and several seats are up for election each summer following the Annual Membership Meeting. The end of each director's current term is listed after their name. The Board of Directors elects Officers once a year.
Chair: Kris Green
Vice-Chair: Tom Whitehurst
Secretary: Bill Stringfellow
Treasurer: Buddy Lane
Board Governance: Patty Springer
Finance: Buddy Lane
Fundraising: Andrea Tognetti
Directors (Term End)
Jeanette Blake (2022)
Steve Davis (2021)
Robert Handford (2022)
John Hickman (2020)
Buddy Lane (2020)
Kyle Lassiter (2022)
Amber Lehmann (2021)
Patty Springer (2022)
Bill Stringfellow (2020)
Andrea Tognetti (2020)
Tom Whitehurst (2021)
To protect caves and karst landscapes throughout the southeastern US through conservation, education and recreation.
The most significant and sensitive caves across the southeastern US are protected forever for all future generations.