Frick’s Cave Preserve

Frick's Cave. Photo by Alan Cressler.

Frick’s Cave. Photo by Alan Cressler.

Frick’s Cave in Georgia is the summer home of over 10,000 endangered gray bats, Georgia’s only known population of the rare Tennessee cave salamander, and 33.8 acres of north Georgia karstland. Without a doubt, Frick’s is Georgia’s richest biologic spelean environment. It is one of only two gray bat caves in Georgia. The cave is in Walker County on the eastern flank of Lookout Mountain.

SCCi took ownership at the closing on June 10, 1997. Financing for this acquisition was provided by the Georgia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Additional support was provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Frick’s Cave is closed to all visitation, except as authorized by the SCCi board, due to the presence of the endangered bats and salamanders. Entry into the cave may constitute harassment as defined in Section 9 of the federal Endangered Species Act and is punishable by imprisonment and fines up to $50,000. Please respect the endangered wildlife in this delicate cave.

SCCi hosts an annual Member Appreciation Day at the preserve each winter to allow SCCi members and guests to tour the cave when the bats are not present.

Frick's Cave. Photo by Alan Cressler.

Frick’s Cave. Photo by Alan Cressler.

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Preserve Information:

Acreage: 33.8 acres in Walker County, Georgia
Preserve Management Team: ET Davis (Lead) and Allen Padgett (fricks@scci.org)
Access: The cave is closed to protect endangered cave life. Access for research is by special arrangement. Permits for preserve access can be requested at permits.scci.org.