Horse Skull Cave Preserve

Horse Skull Cave Entrance – Photo by JV Swearingen

Horse Skull Cave is located a few miles from South Pittsburg, TN across the Alabama state line. Horse Skull Cave is a fun cave for cavers but requires vertical skills. The entrance is a  30-foot pit. — A 60-foot rope and vertical caving gear are required to safely negotiate the entrance area. Beyond the entrance is approximately a half of a mile of fairly dry walking passage, crawls and climbs to explore.

The cave was heavily visited by soldiers and saltpeter miners during the Civil War who left their signatures along the walls.  The cave was once home to a large bat colony that is no longer present.

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 these caves.



Preserve Information:

Acreage: 40 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Preserve Management Team: Andy Zellner (
To request a permit, visit
Preserve Map: Plot Map