Steward Spring Cave Preserve

On Friday, September 26, 2008, the SCCi completed the purchase of Steward Spring Cave near Fort Payne, Alabama. Steward Spring Cave (AL 871) contains more than 15,000 feet of nicely decorated stream passage, along with an abundance of cave life.

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.

Steward Spring Cave is managed by Ken Rupil and Lin Guy. It is gated, and arrangements for access may be made by emailing Ken and Lin at

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