John Attaway has graciously donated an additional parcel of land to expand the Mayapple - Steve and Nancy Attaway Preserve. It includes the short but hydrologically significant Mulepen Cave, which is the primary swallet for Dry Creek. These waters flow into Mulepen Cave, through Mayapple Cave, then Big Room and Big Mouth Caves on their way to Sartain Spring on the Elk River. Conserving Mulepen Cave will help protect the water quality in this complex karst system for perpetuity. SCCi is once again grateful for John Attaway's generosity and dedication to conserving caves and karst in Tennessee.
The Mayapple - Steve and Nancy Attaway Preserve is approximately 18 acres located in Grundy County, Tennessee. Created from land donated by John, the preserve is named in memory of his son Steve who passed away in 2019, and in honor of Steve’s wife Nancy. It now includes three caves, six entrances, and over 6000 feet of passages.
Photo credit: T. Whitehurst