Fern Cave has five entrances. Four of these are on the Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge (US Department of the Interior), and one (The Fern Sink, or Surprise Pit entrance) is located on property the SCCi owns. One section of the cave is the largest gray bat hibernaculum in the country. As a result, new restrictions are now in place to protect the bat colony from White Nose Syndrome. We ask that everyone who visits the cave take the decontamination request very seriously.
Entry into Surprise Pit requires a permit. The other four entrances of Fern Cave that the US Fish and Wildlife Service owns are still closed. Contact Fern Cave Access Coordinator Steve Pitts at firstname.lastname@example.org at least TWO weeks before you would like to visit the cave
Fern Cave Access Procedure
- Any group entering Fern cave must have a current permit signed by the Fern Cave property manager.
- You must request a permit at least two weeks before the planned trip date.
- All persons entering the cave must comply with the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy and the Fern Cave Management Plan.
- Each person going on the trip must fill out the WNS Permit Questionnaire and Compliance Statement.
- The signed permit will be issued to a designated trip leader. The trip leader must be a member of either the SCCi or the NSS. This permit must be displayed prominently on the trip leader's vehicle while the group is in the cave.
Acreage: 80.0 acres in Jackson County, Alabama.
Property Manager: Steve Pitts (email@example.com)
Access: Permit required. Please contact Steve Pitts at least two weeks before your preferred trip date. See the management plan 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .