TN Cave Report

Discussion in 'Caving' started by Bdtile21, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Bdtile21

    Bdtile21 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    I'm not an avid spelunker, but I have been in a few caves, mostly when I was younger. I look forward to exploring some of the ones close to me as I add a few things to be properly geared for it.

    Here's where I have been...

    1. Junkyard Cave, Davidson County, though I got in trouble for it.
    2. Jackson Cave, Wilson County
    3. Bell Witch Cave, Robertson County, I know kinda cheesy
  2. bristow

    bristow Member

    I've got a few here in Maury county I've been in and one in Marshall County. There is one on the Duck River about 2 miles from me that you can kayak/canoe into. I have been back in it 500-700 feet and wanted to go further but was alone. I would love to go back in it farther. I hope to soon.
  3. UncleJak

    UncleJak Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    I have been in several in Kentucky (I live on the border) and a few in Tennessee. For someone just starting out, Cumberland Caverns in McMinville is pretty cool. There are 2 near me that are on my list to try very soon. I prefer to go into new caves in the winter; hoping to avoid creepy crawlies.
    The coolest one I have seen is actually near my house and has a spring flowing from it. It is not enter-able due to the water, but it appears to be pretty deep. I wish I had better equipment to test it.
    If anyone ever wants to explore one, please hit me up.
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  4. ancilcarithers9

    ancilcarithers9 New Member

    I just moved to polk county tn and wondered if u knew any caves near benton I've gone in quite a few limerock caves solo down in fl where I'm from but would to find some fellow cavers in the area considering I don't know the terrain and the area. Well thanks for any help or advice.
  5. Standing Bear

    Standing Bear Member

    I heard one time that there were more caves in the state of Tennessee than in any other state in the U.S. I don't know if that's true or not.
  6. bristow

    bristow Member

    I heard that too.
  7. Bdtile21

    Bdtile21 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    I found Gee Cave in my Caves of Tennessee book just north of you that is small, but very nearby. Funny enough I was just in that area a few months ago and had no idea I passed a cave en route to the Gee Creek Falls Trail. If you get a chance, it is a nice trail with remnants of mining visible. For warmer months there's a really long concrete chute that would be fun to go in and a swimming hole at the falls.

    I found another Lintner Cave, that looks to be even smaller. I traveled that road as well on my visit. If you take the Spring Creek Rd. it is rather rough, but the range you pass looks nice and the drive south down 315 is great. When you get to the Hiwassee, be sure to check out the outfitters there. Nice looking places, and they offered a friend of mine some nice advice on fly fishing. You may feel I am sending you on a wild goose chase, but making your way over toward the nearby overlook is well worth the short drive, with stunning views of the river. Great place to fish too, I do believe.
  8. UncleJak

    UncleJak Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Anyone ever check the caves on the RedRiver? I have heard there are several.
  9. Tormos

    Tormos Member

    I only know of a few different caves:

    Batcave. . . okay I lied. I only know of one cave.
  10. Chelly

    Chelly Member

    I only know of one cave, but it is not in Tennessee. I visited it, and It was interesting see the bats, stalagmites and stalactites. I don't remember the difference, but It was a great experience. I had no idea that Tennessee had a cave, much less a bunch of caves. I'll have to research that myself.
  11. farmer48

    farmer48 User Account Closed

    hey there I have several marked on my gps on red river been in a couple best to go in winter I live on the river
  12. Jeff

    Jeff TOF Admin Staff Member Administrator

    Welcome to the forum, @farmer48. Glad to have you here.

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  13. farmer48

    farmer48 User Account Closed

    thanks a lot! seems like a really cool place lots of awesome things to talk about!
  14. I spent a couple of years working on a large cabin next to the exit from Cades cove, and there was an entrance to a cave just a few feet from the exit where the road goes through the pass. I believe it was called bulls cave,. I understand one person got lost in the cave and came out two weekends later at the base of the mountain, about 1000ft lower. I believe it is hard to get a permit to enter the cave. There is a 100ft plus sheer drop about 100ft in.
    I was talking to a hillbilly friend about a wife abuser we both knew, and he told me that was why God gave Tn all those caves.
  15. Yotehntr

    Yotehntr Member

    In my younger years I did quite a bit of caving. Mostly the vertical pits. Here's I am in a tight one in Mteagle TN (can't remember the name of the pit)

    Bugger hole (Jamestown TN)


    Fiery top drop


    I used to remember the depths of these, they're all over 100' though.
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  16. Tennessee, in fact, has more known caves than any other state in the U.S. Many of them are open to the public. It is true that the best known caves in the U.S. are in other states, and many of the ones in Tennessee are smaller than the best known ones (such as Carlsbad). but a number of Tennessee caverns are open to the public and well worth visiting. Quite a few of the TN caves are suitable for exploration, but be sure that you are trained and prepared. Many are challenging and hazardous.
  17. I am a little surprised that the caves are small in Tennessee, as Mammoth Cave is in Kentucky, and is the largest in the United States. I have been to Carlsbad. Honestly, although interesting at first, the main walking area was just too big. It was about 1.3 miles. I would like to check out smaller caves, but not so small you have to wriggle through crevices. Are there caves in Tennessee big enough to walk upright, but not big enough to house a small town?
  18. Caves come in a variety of sizes. Those that are open to the public and offer guided tours are the best choice for most people.

    The Rumble Falls Cave in Fall Creek Falls State Park has the second largest cave chamber in the United states, but the cave system is closed to the public to prevent the spread of a disease to bats. This is one reason that cave exploration needs to be controlled. Some cave ecosystems are very fragile, and some caves have beautiful crystal systems which can be easily destroyed
  19. I have never visited this cave, but I know how it looks like from the outside and inside :D

    Jokes aside, I only remember have visited a cave when I was like about 4 or 5 years old.

    I don't even remember where it was located, but I can remember how my mom took my hand to run out as soon as we got into because it was infested of real bats, but no Batman, haha
  20. Tormos

    Tormos Member

    Woah!! So how far down did you have to go before it opened up?

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