Alabama

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 stewardship@scci.org 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 (anderson@scci.org)
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 (fern@scci.org)
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 (glovepit@scci.org)
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 (horseskull@scci.org)
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 (kennamer@scci.org)
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 (limrock@scci.org)
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 (neversink@scci.org)
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 (stephensgap@scci.org)
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 (stewardspring@scci.org)
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. (tumblingrock@scci.org)
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 (valhalla@scci.org)
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 (varnedoe@scci.org)
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 chair@scci.org.