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.

Spring VAR 2018

Spring VAR 2018 will be hosted April 27-29, 2018 by Walker Mountain Grotto at the Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center, a private camp located adjacent to Hungry Mother State Park in southwestern Virginia. 

The Great VAR Sinkhole Cleanup November 18 has been POSTPONED until further notice

The conservation work continues with help from wonderful volunteers!  After the last  workday the backhoe returned and scooped out some more piles to sort we'll continue to  separate  plastic, wire and burn wood. Bring gloves, rakes, shovels, chainsaws, wire cutters, 5-gallon buckets, tarps to drag the material on ( may be destroyed in the process) if you have them. Water and snacks provided, food donations always appreciated. Work starts around 9am and cleanup before dark. Sinkhole is in Rockingham, VA. Contact Janet Tinkham (janete - shentel - net) for more info.

Wonderful Fall VAR 2017, Thanks Pine Mountain Grotto!

About 150 people attended the Fall VAR near Spruce Knob. The weather could have not have been better and the moonless sky could not have been brighter with stars. The picnic and dinner were great. Lots of cavers got underground, and there was a grafitti removal project in the Sinks of Gandy. A bit round of applause for our hosts Pine Mountain Grotto for a great VAR!

2015 Region Record Issues Posted

The 2015 issues of the Region Record have been posted in the Region Record Archives.Thanks to Nikki Fox for her hard work as editor!

To keep things fair for subscribers, only issues over a year old are available on this web site.



Coming Up!


November 18 - Great VAR Sinkhole Cleanup continues in Rockingham, VA


Coming Up!

varLogoSpring VAR 2018
April 27-29, 2018

Hosted by Walker Mountain Grotto at the base of their namesake Big Walker Mountain in Marion, VA.

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