10 Awesome Caves to Visit in Georgia

Georgia Caves

Whether you’re an experienced spelunker or an amateur, you’ll find a ton of caves to explore in Georgia. Discover bat colonies, majestic rock formations, ceilings dripping with stalactites, and even some of the earliest examples of the Cherokee Syllabary in the south. If you’re ready to explore the best the state has to offer, check out our round-up of the 10 most awesome caves in Georgia.

10. Hurricane Cave, Dade County

As saveyourcaves.org writes, Fox Mountain Preserve has a long history with cavers, featuring some of the best cave and karst preserves in the Southern United States. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to caverns to explore, although if you’re a beginner, Hurricane’s Cave is a great place to start, boasting over a mile of accessible passageways and rooms. While you’re there, be sure to check out Rusty’s Cave, which ranks as one of the deepest caves in Georgia, along with Cemetery Pit, a favorite with vertical cavers thanks to its large rooms, 153′ entrance pit, and 3 miles of accessible passageways.

9. Howard’s Waterfall Cave, Dade County

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced spelunker, Howard’s Waterfall Cave in Dade County has something to offer. As well as boasting three miles of accessible passageways, there’s also a small area containing panels of wall inscriptions bearing the Cherokee Syllabary. The cave was donated to SCCI in 1991 but suffered vandalism for years before that. As a result, some of the Syllabary is covered by paint and graffiti, but it’s still possible to see segments. To explore the cave, you’ll need to request permission via the SCCI official website first.

8. Ellison’s Cave, Walker County

With a depth of 1,063 feet and a length of 64,030 feet, this is one impressive cave to explore whether you live in Georgia or are just visiting. Its drops are incredible, and while it’s definitely not for amateurs (unless you’re very, very brave and with someone who knows what they’re doing), it offers a superb experience for seasoned cavers.

7. Frick’s Cave, Walker County

Located on the eastern side of Lookout Mountain in Walker County, Frick’s Cave is most notable for its huge population of endangered Gray Bats. It’s also the only known home to the incredibly rare Tennessee Cave Salamander. As both species are endangered, the cave is off-limits to the general public. However, it’s still possible to tour this incredible and very unique place by applying to the SCCI for membership. After that, you and your guests will be able to attend the annual appreciation day held each winter for a chance to explore the cave’s impressive depths.

6. Byers Cave, Dade County

The Fox Mountain Preserve is home to some of the most impressive caves in the state. We’ve already seen a few (Hurricane Cave, Rusty’s Cave, and Cemetery Pit), but Byers Cave deserves a special mention thanks to its thrilling network of horizontal passages. As startcaving.com notes, it’s challenging, even for experienced spelunkers, but if you’re an adventurer looking for enough climbdowns, chimneying, heights, and general climbing to test your skills to the limit, it’s perfect. To access the cave, follow the 2km trail leading from the preserve’s parking area.

5. Glory Hole Caverns, Grady County

Glory Hole Caverns might not be the biggest cave in Georgia, but it still offers more than enough to keep experienced cavers happy. It’s accessed by a tiny gated entrance at the base of a small sinkhole in the middle of a field. Entering the cave is slightly nerve-wracking – you’ll need to go feet first and feel your way along the tiny, shifting shaft – but once you’re in, you’ll be rewarded with rooms dripping with stalactites, stalagmites, and helictites. There are also some incredibly beautiful displays of crystalline gypsum to discover, along with several shallow pools of water.

4. Pettyjohn Cave, Walker County

Named by tripstodiscover.com as one of Georgia’s most beautiful caves, Pettyjohn Cave in Walker County has over six miles of cave passages to explore. Some of the crawling space is a tight squeeze (watch out for Worm Hole in particular) so go light on breakfast and be prepared to breathe in deep in some areas. The larger rooms are a joy, with plenty of fascinating rock formations to check out. Just be aware that the cave is one of the most popular and visited in Georgia – if you’re looking for some peace and quiet as you explore its depths, you’re unlikely to find it.

3. Climax Caverns, Decatur County

Located on the Georgia/Florida border in Decatur County, Climax Caverns is a must-visit for caving enthusiasts. One of the largest “dry” caves (i.e. above water) in the coastal plains of the U.S, it boasts a huge variety of rare and endangered species, including the Georgia blind salamander and the Southeastern myotis bat. It’s also home to a vast array of fossilized sea creatures, making it a major draw for geologists. The cave has been owned by the Long family for years, so, as with most caves located on private property, you’ll first need to obtain permission and sign a safety release before heading out.

2. Case Cave, Walker County

Cloudland Canyon State Park is home to a huge array of caves, some of which are suitable for novices and some of which will challenge the skills of even the most experienced caver. One of its highlights is Case Cave. If you like rappeling, the 30-foot descent into the cave via a sinkhole will go down a treat. After that, there’s an underground lake and three miles of passages to check out.

1. Sitton’s Cave, Walker County

If you’ve still got any energy left after exploring Case Cave, don’t leave Cloudland Canyon State Park without checking out the delights of Sitton’s Cave. The rock formations are out of this world, as are the stalagmites building from the floors and the stalactites dripping from the ceilings. There’s also an underground river to discover. There are a couple of narrow passages that require crawling, but the cave is accessible enough to be managed by novices as well as more experienced cavers.

Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Careers CEOs Companies Education Entertainment Legal Politics Science Sports Technology
educational platform
20 Things You Didn’t Know about 360Learning
Adrien nussenbaum
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Adrien Nussenbaum
The Story of How Cincoro Tequila Got Started
Collectibles Credit Cards Investing Real Estate Stocks
BFT Stock
Is BFT Stock a Solid Long-Term Investment?
How to Retract an Offer on Ebay
20 Weird Laws in Texas That Actually Still Exist
Aviation Boats Food & Drink Hotels Restaurants Yachts
Have a blast at Wild River Family Entertainment
The 20 Best Things to do in Somerton, AZ
Sheraton Kauai
10 Reasons to Stay at the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
The Story of How Cincoro Tequila Got Started
BMW Bugatti Cadillac Ferrari Lamborghini Mercedes Porsche Rolls Royce
Monterey Car Week
The History and Evolution of Monterey Car Week
Piëch’s New 603 HP GT
A Closer Look at Piëch’s New 603 HP GT
The Caterham 170 R
A Closer Look at The Caterham 170 R
BMW Motorcycles Buell Ducati Harley Davidson Honda Motorcycles Husqvarna Kawasaki KTM Triumph Motorcycles Yamaha
2011 Yamaha FZ8
Remembering The 2011 Yamaha FZ8
Triumph Tiger Motorcycles
The Five Best Triumph Tiger Motorcycles Money Can Buy
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Nürburgring
A Closer Look at the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Nürburgring
Electronics Fashion Health Home Jewelry Pens Sneakers Watches
Tudor North Flag
A Closer Look at the Tudor North Flag
Veldskoen Men’s Leather Hand-Crafted Chukka Boot
The 10 Best Chukka Boots Money Can Buy
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Collection
A Closer Look at The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Collection
Natanael Cano
How Natanael Cano Achieved a Net Worth of $3 Million
David Packouz
How David Packouz Achieved a Net Worth of $2.9 Million
Charles Stanley
How Charles Stanley Achieved a Net Worth of $1.5 Million
David Copperfield
How David Copperfield Achieved a Net Worth of $1 Billion