The SCCi is pleased to announce our newest cave preserve, Run To The Mill. This cave is a TAG classic, with a deep pit, miles of passage, and large borehole. The cave is over 15,000 feet long and 445 feet deep, with a 167-foot deep pit. It’s a caver’s cave.
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In the meantime, here’s a bit of information about this wonderful cave provided by Buddy Lane.
The entrance to Run To The Mill is the Grassy Cove area of Tennessee and is located in a large sinkhole with an inflowing wet weather stream. After entering the cave, you maneuver through some tight passage before emerging into walking passage. Cavers soon have to maneuver past several climbdown to continue on, working your way through walking passage, more climbs, and some route finding. Cavers will soon encounter the top of a series of drops, that eventually lead to the 167-foot Tilted Well. At the bottom of the pit, explorers will find huge borehole stream passage, and the passage just keeps getting bigger. The passage ends in a sump.
Important note: Do NOT enter this cave if there is ANY chance of heavy rains or flash flooding. The cave does flood to the ceiling.
Visit our Facebook page for a complete photo album of photos from the survey and exploration in the 1970s.
Acreage: ~73.0 acres
Property Management Committee: Buddy Lane, Brad Tipton, and Jeff Patton. Contact RunToTheMill@scci.org for more information.
Access: Permit required. Limit of 12 people maximum, 3 person minimum. Seasonally closed to protect hibernating population of endangered Indiana bats. Open at least May 1 – August 31 (may open earlier and close later in any given year, depending on bat activity.) Cave is currently CLOSED.
Preserve Management: Management Plan
Preserve Maps: Cave Map | Land Survey | Tilted Well Map