Visiting an SCCi Preserve

The SCCi protects 170+ caves on 31 preserves in 6 states. For over 25 years, SCCi has balanced conservation with recreational use. Permits are required for all visitors on an SCCi preserve and there is no charge for a permit. To request a permit, visit http://permits.scci.org or click on the permit icon on the specific preserve below.

Same Day Permits SAME DAY PERMITS: Some preserves have same-day issued permits which can be received with no notice. These permits issue automatically when all releases have been signed. The system is optimized for mobile devices  and permits can be easily obtained even from the parking lot of a preserve with cell phone coverage. All other permits require a minimum of  48 hours to review once all releases have been signed.

Surface Only Permits HIKING: With any permit, you can spend time above and below ground hiking and exploring SCCi preserves. Some SCCi preserves offer a ‘surface only’ permit which does not allow entry to the caves but affords hikers and nature lovers an opportunity to explore above ground. These permits have different group size requirements than caving permits. 

Camping CAMPING: Camping is allowed on some SCCi preserves. Camping in caves is strictly prohibited. All camping is primitive and must be done in the areas designated by the Preserve Team. At various times a year, SCCi may institute campfire bans to protect our forests and natural resources. All waste (human and otherwise) must be carried out of campsites and disposed of properly. 

LEAVE NO TRACE: Leave No Trace principles are especially critical in cave environments. Caves are slow to regenerate once damaged. Do not mark or write anything on cave walls, ceilings or floors – even in the dust. Defacing or destroying anything in a cave is a crime and SCCi will prosecute. Carry all waste/trash away with you. Everyone should be able to enjoy a cave in its natural state so leave it like that. SCCi is a member of and subscribes to the principles of Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

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Anderson Cave Preserve
Shelby County, Alabama
Horizontal Caving Request a Permit
Charles B Henson Preserve at Johnsons Crook
Dade County, Georgia
Horizontal Caving Vertical Caving Surface Only Permits Primitive Camping Request a Permit
Elroy and Marilyn Daleo Cave Preserve
Hart County, Kentucky
Horizontal Caving Vertical Caving Surface Only Permits Primitive Camping Request a Permit
Fox Mountain Cave Preserve
Dade County, Georgia
Horizontal Caving Vertical Caving Surface Only Permits Primitive Camping Request a Permit Same Day Permits Available
Frenchman Knob Cave Preserve
Hart County, Kentucky
Vertical Caving Primitive Camping Request a Permit
Fricks Cave Preserve
Walker County, Georgia
Surface Only Permits Primitive Camping Request a Permit
Glove Pit Cave Preserve
Madison County, Alabama
Vertical Caving Request a Permit Same Day Permits Available
Gourdneck Cave Preserve
Marion County, Tennessee
Vertical Caving Request a Permit Same Day Permits Available
Hollow Ridge Cave Preserve
Jackson County, Florida
Horizontal Caving Request a Permit
Holly Creek Cave Preserve
Wayne County, Tennessee
Vertical Caving Surface Only Permits Request a Permit
Horse Skull Cave Preserve
Jackson County, Alabama
Vertical Caving Request a Permit Same Day Permits Available
Howards Waterfall Cave Preserve
Dade County, Georgia
Horizontal Caving Request a Permit Same Day Permits Available
Jennings Cave Preserve
Marion County, Florida
Vertical Caving Request a Permit
John T Dolberry Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve
Jackson County, Alabama
Horizontal Caving Primitive Camping Request a Permit
Kay Hill Deen Fern Cave Preserve
Jackson County, Alabama
Horizontal Caving Vertical Caving Surface Only Permits Primitive Camping Request a Permit
Kennamer Cave Preserve
Jackson County Alabama
Horizontal Caving Vertical Caving Surface Only Permits Primitive Camping Request a Permit Same Day Permits Available
Limrock Blowing Cave Preserve
Jackson County, Alabama
Horizontal Caving Request a Permit Same Day Permits Available
Lobelia Saltpeter Cave Preserve
Pocahontas County, West Virginia
Horizontal Caving Surface Only Permits Request a Permit Same Day Permits Available
Logsdon Cave Preserve
Hart County, Kentucky
Vertical Caving Primitive Camping Request a Permit
Neversink Cave Preserve
Jackson County, Alabama
Vertical Caving Surface Only Permits Request a Permit Same Day Permits Available
Rattling Cave Preserve
Cocke County, Tennessee
Vertical Caving Request a Permit
Run To The Mill Cave Preserve
Cumberland County, Tennessee
Vertical Caving Surface Only Permits Primitive Camping Request a Permit
Sinking Cove Cave Preserve
Franklin County, Tennessee
Horizontal Caving Vertical Caving Surface Only Permits Primitive Camping Request a Permit
Snail Shell Cave Preserve
Rutherford County, Tennessee
Horizontal Caving Vertical Caving Surface Only Permits Primitive Camping Request a Permit
South Pittsburg Pit Preserve
Marion County, Tennessee
Vertical Caving Primitive Camping Request a Permit Same Day Permits Available
Stephens Gap Callahan Cave Preserve
Jackson County, Alabama
Horizontal Caving Vertical Caving Primitive Camping Request a Permit
Steward Spring Cave Preserve
DeKalb, Alabama
Horizontal Caving Vertical Caving Request a Permit
Valhalla Cave Preserve
Jackson County, Alabama
Vertical Caving Surface Only Permits Primitive Camping Request a Permit
Varnedoe Cave Preserve
Madison County, Alabama
Vertical Caving Request a Permit
Wolf River Cave Preserve
Fentress County, Tennessee
Horizontal Caving Request a Permit