Gourdneck Cave Preserve

Due to the sensitive nature of this preserve, directions are provided to SCCi members only.

Gourdneck Cave Preserve

Gourdneck Cave Preserve, photo by Kelly Smallwood

On March 17, 1997, the final signatures were placed on a 25 year lease on Tennessee’s Gourdneck Cave. The SCCi now has responsibility for the cave and has committed to maintain the waterline and delivery system for the cave owner. The lease is for the cave only, but we have permission to use a potion of the surface property for parking and access.

NOTE! As of 21 September 2006, visitors to Gourdneck Cave will have to provide their own means for descending and ascending the climb at the cave entrance. There is no longer a ladder in the entrance. Any ladders or other equipment left behind by visitors will be removed. Visitors are responsible for their own safety and for providing their own means for entering and exploring the cave.

Visitors are requested to use care to avoid damage to the water pipe, dam, and other components of the water system while on the property or in the cave. Also, the parking area is only large enough for a maximum of four vehicles. Please do not park on the road or on the neighbor’s property. Everyone is friendly to us and we want to keep it that way. Car-pooling and keeping groups small will help

An information kiosk at Gourdneck Cave provides additional information about the cave and the SCCi, along with emergency contact information. Gourdneck preserve manager Maureen Handler may be contacted at gourdneck@scci.org.

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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 Information:

Acreage: Leased in Marion County, Tennessee
Preserve Management Team: Maureen Handler (Lead); Kristine Ebrey (gourdneck@scci.org)
Access: To request a permit, visit http://permits.scci.org
Preserve Management: Management Plan