Every year, the SCCi hosts an open house at Frick’s Cave in Georgia, a cave that is normally closed to protect endangered bats and salamanders that live in the cave. In 2014, the Fricks Cave Open House was held on Saturday, February 15 from 9:00 to 4:30 p.m. EST. Because the federally protected endangered gray bats do not reside in the cave during the winter, the SCCi is able to allow members to visit the cave on this single day. Check back for details on your one-day only opportunity to visit Fricks Cave in 2015.
If you would like to go into the cave, you will be required to use gear and clothing that’s been cleaned and disinfected according to the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy. In addition, white-nose syndrome was found inside the cave last winter so please also clean and disinfect your gear after the trip. Frick’s is a stream cave, and can be very cold and wet in January. Please dress accordingly.
Weather permitting, there will be a cookout that will begin at 4:30 p.m EST. Please stick around for a while around the fire for some burgers and hot dogs and visit with friends.
The street address of the parking area is 1536 Fricks Gap Road, Chickamauga, GA 30707.
Directions from the intersection of GA 136 and GA 193 (between LaFayette and Trenton) in Walker County, Georgia: Go south 2.1 miles to Harold Stephens Road. Turn right. Continue until you dead end into Fricks Gap Road. Turn left. Follow this road to the signs for the open house parking spot.
We hope you can join us in 2015 for this unique opportunity!