The Virginia Region of the National Speleological Society consists of 40+ local caving groups in and around Virginia and surrounding states. We promote the study and science of speleology, explore and maps caves, protect and conserve caves, manage limited access caves, and generally promote safe caving throughout the region, and promote fellowship and cooperation among all Regional cavers and organizations.

2020/2023 NSS Convention

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 NSS Convention, scheduled for the OTR site July 27-31, was completely virtual this year. The recorded presentations are all still available on the NSS web site in case you missed the convention. Current plans are for the 2023 convention to return to the OTR site.

2020 Fall VAR - Postponed until October 25, 2020

The Fall VAR 2020 meeting has been postponed until Sunday, October 25, 2020, at 6:00 PM via Zoom. Invitations will be sent out to all grotto chairs. To prevent Zoom bombing, we do not publish meeting information. Contact Mark Hodge if you do not receive an invitation. The agenda is available on the Meeting Minutes page. We will hopefully return in person next Fall (2021), but only time will tell.

2020 Fall OCR

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall OCR originally scheduled for October 9-11 has been postponed until Spring 2021 (or beyond). New date TBD.

Thanks for helping to save Cyclops Cave!

SCCi received enough support to allow them to purchace the beatiful Cyclops Cave in Russell County, Virginia, but still needs donations ot pay off the mortgage. Cyclops is the the 11th largest cave in VA at over 7 miles. Please visit to help.

2018 Region Records available in Archives

The 2018 back issues of the Region Record have now been posted in the Region Record Archives. To be fair to paying subscribers, back issues are embargoed for a year on-line.

2019 Fall VAR

Many thanks to Baltimore and DC Grottoes for a wonderful Fall VAR at Friars Hole Cave Preserve. The in-cave party was a blast!