Frenchman Knob Cave Preserve

Frenchman Knob Cave

Frenchman Knob Cave, photo by Bob Biddix

Frenchman Knob Cave is located in Hart County, Kentucky. It’s one of the deepest pits in Kentucky and has an interesting history.  Noted cave historian Angelo George wrote an article about this cave, explaining that the hill where the cave is located got its name because a Frenchman [Gilbert LeClerc] was killed and scalped on top of it. The cave in on the top of the hill and is now called Frenchman Knob Cave. Early settlers believed the pit to be bottomless, and even perhaps a route to China. Rumors about the cave spurred local cave explorers to explore the mysterious cave in 1949. Using a 160 foot rope ladder, one local boy climbed down into the cave and found a large room. Angelo George writes: “He signaled back to his companions about the big cave at the bottom, and they all climbed down to see the cave. During their exploration, they found evidence that they were not the first to descend into the depths of Frenchman Knob Pit. Dyer says they found signatures and an 1895 date on the wall, which may have been by the orig­inal successful explorers of the pit cave.” To read Angelo George’s article, you may request a copy of the article “Frenchman Knob, The Bottomless Pit in Kentucky” in the Journal of Spelean History from the National Speleological Society’s library. You may also read some interesting history of the cave on the Bacon Creek History Society’s website.

In recent years, biologists discovered a colony of endangered Indiana bats hibernate in the cave. The SCCi acquired this cave to protect the bat colony.

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Preserve Information:

Acreage: 38.61 acres in Hart County, Kentucky
Preserve Management Team: (Chairman) Steve Miller and Pat Kambesis (frenchmanknob@scci.org)
Access: 
To request a permit, visit http://permits.scci.org Closed Sep 1 – Apr 30.

Frenchman Knob Cave

Frenchman Knob Cave, photo by Bob Biddix