Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve

Tumbling Rock Cave

Tumbling Rock Cave, the Topless Dome. Photo by Nathan Williams.

Tumbling Rock is one of Alabama’s finest caves. The SCCi started leasing the cave in January, 2008 and purchased the cave in July, 2011. Tumbling Rock Inc., an Alabama non-profit corporation, manages the cave. This very special acquisition is the culmination of more than four years of extensive efforts by SCCi member Jay Clark and others. The cave is open for visitation primarily on weekends, from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon. Access at other times may be possible by special arrangement.

We hope you can appreciate that this particular acquisition involves some very substantial expenses for the Conservancy. In addition to the mortgage, we have other expenses of operation. We will therefore need to request a small donation from each visitor in order to offset some of the expense required to obtain and manage the cave.

Visitors entering the cave will be expected to have appropriate caving equipment (helmet, boots, and headlamp) and to follow standard cave safety and conservation practices as promoted by the National Speleological Society. The overall preserve manager is Nathan Williams, who reports directly to the Board of Directors of the non-profit corporation running the preserve.

When visiting the preserve, it is important that visitors continue to observe a few common sense rules, such as:

  • When visiting the preserve, please do not change clothes in public. Changing area are available and must be used.
  • No using the bathroom in the cave, or at any place other than the facilities we have provided outside.
  • Please do not consume any alcoholic beverage or drugs of any type in the cave or on the preserve.
  • Please respect and be considerate of our neighbors, other visitors, and the cave environment by refraining from littering, touching artifacts, damaging formations, molesting wildlife, or otherwise disturbing the peace and serenity of the cave and the preserve.

Please help us with developing the preserve by continuing to support the Conservancy, by volunteering to help on the preserve and by helping us work toward full ownership of the property. The SCCi extends special thanks to Nathan Williams for his superb photographs, which he allowed us to use, and to Pat Kambesis for allowing us to use a scaled-down version of her very fine map of Tumbling Rock on the Tumbling Rock Cave T-shirts and Buy A Piece of the Cave posters. If you have any questions regarding Tumbling Rock Cave, you may contact us at tumblingrock@scci.org.

Tumbling Rock

Tumbling Rock, photo by Nathan Williams

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 Tumbling Rock Cave.

Help support this preserve! You can Buy a Brick that will be placed in a nice patio near the cave entrance. Each brick is available for a donation of $100 or more.  You may “buy” up to five bricks per form.  Each brick will be laser-engraved with a custom message of your choice, subject to space constraints, and will be permanently installed in a patio area outside the entrance to the SCCi’s Tumbling Rock Cave.

Preserve Information:

Acreage: 5.0 acres in Jackson County, Alabama
Property Manager: Tumbling Rock, Inc. (tumblingrock@scci.org)
Access: Open on Saturdays and Sundays. For details or special arrangements contact the property manager at tumblingrock@scci.org.
Preserve Management: Management Plan
Preserve Maps: Tumbling Rock Map
Buy a Brick! Visit this page


Tumbling Rock

Tumbling Rock, photo by Nathan Williams