Fox Mountain Preserve

Cemetery Pit, Fox Mountain Preserve. Photo by JV Van Swearingen, IV

Cemetery Pit, Fox Mountain Preserve. Photo by JV Van Swearingen, IV

The Fox Mountain preserve is one of SCCi’s richest cave and karst preserves. The area has a long history with cavers, and contains several of the finest caves in TAG. Cemetery Pit has long been a favorite of vertical cavers, due to its 153′ entrance pit, large rooms, and almost 3 miles of passages. Hurricane Cave is also a local favorite, with over a mile of passage. Rusty’s Cave is one of the deepest caves in the state, in spite of the fact that its 45′ entrance pit is the only rope-work required in the cave. The purchase of Byer’s Cave added another significant cave to the preserve in 2006 as well as additional acreage. Byer’s Cave was previously closed to visitors for decades. Several smaller caves are also known on the property, and new caves will undoubtedly be discovered in the more remote northern section of the preserve.

Currently, the historic entrance to Hurricane Cave (through the pipe) is closed, but the SCCi is actively meeting and working with the DOT and DNR to try to regain access through that entrance. Recent construction and survey activity around the entrance and the ends of the access tunnel are part of that project.

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NOTICE: To help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) affecting bat populations, please read the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy and follow the guidelines to clean and disinfect your gear before and after visiting this cave preserve.

Preserve Information:

Acreage: 448.6 acres in Dade County, Georgia
Preserve Management Team: Tripp Lichtefeld (lead), Jerry Wallace, and Brian Killingbeck (
Access: For a permit, visit  12 person limit on group size, do not park on the interstate. The entrance to Hurricane Cave the state of Georgia owns (through the pipe) is closed due to structural problems with the entrance. The natural Sunbeam entrance is open.
Preserve Maps: Surface Plot Poster  | Cemetery Pit Poster  | Fox Mountain Selected Cave Passages