Steward Spring Cave Preserve

Steward Spring is a fragile environment undergoing restoration. The cave was severely vandalized in the 1980s, and was later gated to end the abuse and allow restoration work to begin. Much of the damage has been repaired, but efforts are ongoing and will take years to complete.

PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST 7 DAYS TO REVIEW YOUR PERMIT. Permit requests in a shorter time frame could be denied.

Steward spring is a challenging cave and may not be well-suited for beginners.  Visitors will get wet just a short distance inside the entrance,

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 Steward Spring Cave.

Preserve Information:

Acreage: 15.0 acres in DeKalb County, Alabama
Property Management Team: Ken Rupil and Lin Guy (
Access: To request a permit, visit
Preserve Maps: Steward Spring Map