The SCCi Now Owns Run To The Mill Cave!

The SCCi is extremely pleased to announce our newest cave preserve, Run To The Mill. This cave is a TAG classic, with a deep pit, beautiful formation areas, miles of passage, and large borehole. The cave is over 15,000 feet long and 445 feet deep, with a 167-foot deep pit. It’s a caver’s cave. And it’s one more cave that we can permanently remove from the TAG Closed Cave List.

Support This Purchase! Buy a Piece of a Cave Preserve! This is our newest purchase, and it cost $200,000. We need your help to pay for it.  You’ll receive a thank-you gift of your choice. To provide ongoing support and help us fund other purchases of other amazing caves, please consider signing up as a Sustaining Member. Our sustainers give us the monthly income we need to pay for our caves and to purchase new caves. You may also make a general donation to support our work across the southeast. We are able to purchase caves we all love because of YOU!

We signed the closing paperwork transferring ownership of the property to the SCCi just last week, so we’re still creating a management committee and defining access policies. We will post all of the information about how to visit the cave as soon as we can. In the meantime, to give you a better idea of why this cave is such a fantastic purchase for the SCCi and all of our members, here are just a few photos of the cave Buddy Lane provided. We look forward to seeing photos from all of you now that cavers can once again visit this wonderful cave. For even more photos, please visit our Facebook page.

Entrance to Run To The Mill CaveEntrance to Run To The Mill

 Run To The Mill Cave
One of many formation areas in Run To The Mill
Run To The Mill Cave
The top of Tilted Well, a 167-foot deep pit in the cave
Run To The MillLooking up the pit in Run To The Mill

 

Run To The Mill CaveBorehole in the lower level of Run To The Mill

We would like to thank all of the people who support the SCCi with your time and money. It’s thanks to our supporters that we are able to finance such incredible purchases. If you are happy about this new cave purchase, please consider supporting us!

SCCi now owns Lost Canyon Cave

The SCCi now owns Lost Canyon Cave! Closed for many years, Lost Canyon is now open to cavers once again. The cave is located in Johnsons Crook, near Rising Fawn, Georgia. With a total depth of 352 feet, Lost Canyon is one of Georgia’s deepest caves. Its lower level is also very nicely decorated. Thanks to a long-time supporter for a fantastic donation to the SCCi!

Lost Canyon Cave

 

The SCCi Now Owns Tumbling Rock Cave

We’re pleased to announce that cavers now own the classic and caver-favorite Tumbling Rock Cave! The SCCi started leasing the cave in January, 2008 and purchased the cave in July, 2011. Tumbling Rock Inc., an Alabama non-profit corporation, manages the cave. This very special acquisition is the culmination of more than four years of extensive efforts by SCCi member Jay Clark and others. The cave is open for visitation primarily on weekends, from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon. Access at other times may be possible by special arrangement. Send an email to tumblingrock@scci.org if you have any questions about visiting the cave.

We have several special fundraising opportunities for everyone to help us pay off this fabulous cave. First, you can “buy a piece of the cave.” We also have a new, unique fundraising program. We’re going to build a small patio near the cave entrance, and you can purchase a brick for $100 engraved with your name, your Grotto’s name, your scouting troop’s name, or anything you want! This will be a wonderful way to permanently mark your support of the Tumbling Rock purchase. Look for additional details about these programs soon.

In addition, one of the best things you can do to help the SCCi pay off this cave and purchase more caves is to sign up as a Sustaining Member by giving a set amount each month. As little as $10 or $15 a month really helps us buy even more caves. Plus, all sustaining members get into the cave for free!

 

SCCi Creates Jacobs Mountain Preserve

The SCCi is excited to announce our newest lease acquisition, the Jacobs Mountain Preserve. Located in Jackson County, Alabama. Jacobs Mountain features 65 known caves that have been closed for many years. Eighteen of the caves are considered significant, including Paint Rock River Cave, Guess Cave, Norsemans Well, Torode Pit, Williams Saltpeter Cave, Halley’s Hole and many, many more.

SCCi Creates Long Island Cove Preserve

The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCi) has just opened to visitation Long Island Cove in Jackson County, Alabama. The Long Island Cove Preserve contains two notable pits, one significant horizontal cave, and seven other known caves; all of these caves have been closed for several years. Deep Well, at 292 feet, is the deepest open-air pit in the three-state caving region commonly referred to as TAG (Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia). Not-So-Deep Well, at 253 feet, is also an impressive pit. Long Island Saltpeter Cave, which contains over three miles of known passage, has been gated and essentially closed to visitation for over 15 years. Additional information about the Preserve, including the complete management plan, is on the Long Island Cove Preserve page of the SCCi web site.
At this time, the preserve will be open under a permit system, to SCCi members only. Permit applications may be obtained by contacting the Long Island Cove Preserve Management Committee.

Access to the Long Island Cove Preserve is through a yearly lease. Please help us continue to provide access to unique properties and classic caves like these by becoming an SCCi Sustaining Member.

While the SCCi has just opened several caves, it is important to note that the SCCi takes very seriously the bat affliction of White Nose Syndrome. The SCCi will continue in its efforts to protect and preserve not only bats but all flora and fauna in all of our caves. Through our new Cave Visitation Policy, the SCCi is promoting the concept of “clean caving” as a way of conserving our fragile cave ecosystems. Please refer to our Cave Visitation Policy for more information.