Tennessee

Caves listed as “Open” do not require a permit or advance notification. Please keep your group small and avoid disturbing or inconveniencing our neighbors. If you contact one of our property managers but don’t get a response, please contact our Stewardship Chair by email to (stewardship@scci.org) or by phone at 423-771-9671.

Gourdneck Cave Preserve
Acreage: Leased in Marion County, Tennessee
Property Manager: Maureen Handler (gourdneck@scci.org)
Access: Open, 8 person limit on group size, do not block road. Cavers must now bring a rope for the entrance drop. See the management plan for details.

Holly Creek Cave Preserve
Acreage: 14.3 acres in Wayne County, Tennessee
Property Manager: Shane Stacy (hollycreek@scci.org)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.

Rattling Cave Preserve
Acreage: Leased in Cocke County, Tennessee
Property Manager: Curtis Ellison (rattling@scci.org)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.

Run To The Mill Cave Preserve (3 caves)
Acreage: 77.8 acres in Cumberland County, Tennessee
Property Managers:
Buddy Lane, Brad Tipton, and Jeff Patton. RunToTheMill@scci.org
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. See management plan for details.

Sinking Cove Cave Preserve (73 caves)
Acreage: 15,000 acres leased in Franklin County, Tennessee
Property Manager: Buddy Lane and Bill Putnam (sinkingcove@scci.org)
Access: Advance notification required. 16 person group size limit. Closed during deer and turkey seasons. See the management plan for details.

Snail Shell Cave Preserve
Acreage: 88.2 acres in Rutherford County, Tennessee
Property Manager: Bob Biddix and Erica Sughrue (snailshell@scci.org)
Access: SCCi or NSS membership and  advance notification required. 12 person group size limit. See the management plan for details.

South Pittsburg Pit Preserve
Acreage: 20.76 acres in Marion County, Tennessee
Property Manager: David Crisp and Carl Lehmann (southpittsburg@scci.org)
Access: Open, 12 person limit on group size. See the management plan for details.

Wolf River Cave Preserve
Acreage: 32.86 acres in Fentress County, Tennessee
Property Manager: Kristen Bobo and Ken Pasternack (wolfriver@scci.org)
Access: Permit required. See the management plan for details.

NOTICE: To help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) affecting bat populations, please read the SCCi Cave Visitation Policy before you plan a trip to an SCCi cave. Visitors to some cave preserves must fill out a the Clean Caving Questionnaire. Some caves also require a permit. Check individual cave preserve pages for details.