South Pittsburg Pit Preserve

South Pittsburg Pit is located in the city of South Pittsburg in Marion County, Tennessee. The cave has a beautiful 160-foot entrance pit and more than 2,200 feet of surveyed passage, and has been a popular destination for visitors since its initial exploration by Chattanooga Grotto members in February 1964.

South Pittsburg Pit Preserve includes the pit entrance and ten acres overlying the cave passages, as well as easements for access to and from the preserve. The seller donated an additional ten acres to serve as a buffer against future development in the area. Access to the twenty-acre preserve is available via the established trail which begins behind the water tank above Lloyd Park in South Pittsburg.

The South Pittsburg Pit purchase was financed by a 10-year, $40,000 mortgage. SCCi was able to pay off the mortgage in large part because of our Sustaining Members. The stable monthly income allows the SCCi to buy even more caves that we all love and enjoy. Please consider joining the SCCi as a Sustaining Member.

NOTICE: To help prevent the spread of the deadly White Nose Syndrome (WNS) affecting bat populations, please read the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy and follow the guidelines before visiting South Pittsburg Pit.

Preserve Information:

Acreage: 20.76 acres in Marion County, Tennessee
Preserve Management Team: David Crisp and Carl Lehmann (
Access: To request a permit, visit
Preserve Maps: Piece of the Cave Poster  |  Surface Plot Poster