Alphabetical Listing of Preserves

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 stewardship@scci.org 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 (anderson@scci.org)
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 (johnsonscrook@scci.org)
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 (fern@scci.org)
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 (fox@scci.org)
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 (frenchmanknob@scci.org)
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 (fricks@scci.org)
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 (glovepit@scci.org)
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 (gourdneck@scci.org)
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 (hollowridge@scci.org)
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 (hollycreek@scci.org)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.

Horse Skull Cave Preserve
Acreage: 40 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Preserve Manager: Andy Zellner (horseskull@scci.org)
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 (howards@scci.org)
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 (jennings@scci.org)
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 (kennamer@scci.org)
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 (limrock@scci.org)
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 (lobelia@scci.org)
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 (logsdon@scci.org)
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 (neversink@scci.org)
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 (rattling@scci.org)
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 RunToTheMill@scci.org 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 (sinkingcove@scci.org)
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 (snailshell@scci.org)
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 (southpittsburg@scci.org)
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 (stephensgap@scci.org)
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 (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 (John T. Dolberry Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve)
Acreage: 5.0 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Preserve 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 (6 caves)
Acreage: 145.0 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Preserve 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
Preserve 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.

Wolf River Cave Preserve
Acreage: 32.86 acres in Fentress County, Tennessee
Preserve Manager: Kristen Bobo (wolfriver@scci.org)
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.