Virginia Region of the NSS

Limited Access Cave List

(list last updated on July 12, 2016)

This list includes all the caves in the Virginia Region of the NSS that are known to have access restrictions placed on them. Caves are listed by state and county. Each cave has a four letter code showing it's access status. Keys to the code are given below.Much of the information in this list is hopelessly outdated.

Starting in 2015, Brad Blase has taken over updating the list and will be soliciting updates. If you have any more recent information on any of these caves, or know of any other closures, please e-mail here: (blase..."at"...virginiacaves..."dot"...org), or use the "Contact Us" link in the VAR menu bar above.

Special White Nose Syndrome Notices

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources have produced lists of caves that contain (or recently contained) significant bat colonies. They are asking that these caves be avoided. These lists are in addition to any other closures or restrictions already in effect and the caves are generally not noted in the list of Limited Access caves.

The lists are at:
Virginia List (PDF file dated January, 2011)
West Virginia List (PDF file dated March, 2012)

All caves in the Mongongahela National Forest in West Virginia are closed by the Forest Service and entering these caves is punishable by fines and/or jail. If you are uncertain about the ownership of a cave in the Mon Forest area please check before you enter it.

For more information abour White Nose Syndrome (WNS) go to the National Speleological Society's WNS Web page at www.caves.org/WNS


Use your browser's search function, or this quick list of counties to find the cave you are interested in:

Maryland: Allegany, Garrett, Washington

North Carolina: Henderson

Tennessee: Carter, Claiborne, Johnson, Sullivan

Virginia: Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bland, Botetourt, Craig, Frederick, Giles, Highland, Lee, Montgomery, Page, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Russell, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Tazewell, Warren, Washington, Wise

West Virginia: Berkeley, Grant, Greenbrier Hardy, Jefferson, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker


Each cave listed has a four-character Access code:

The first code letter indicates the cave's access status:
    C - Cave is closed during all or part of the year
    L - Limited access cave (open conditionally)
    O - Open cave but special circumstances may apply

The second letter gives conditions of access:
    A - Entrance to cave can be gained only by payment of a fee (commercial unless otherwise noted)
    B - Cave is closed but closing not generally enforced
    D - Access controlled and limited by a conservation group (such as the VAR or BCCS)
    E - Cave closure is enforced by the cave owner
    L - Some access restrictions apply to part of the cave
    N - Cave is closed by the NSS or VAR for conservation reasons and closing is enforced by social pressure
    O - Cave is generally open but entry permission must be obtained from the owner prior to entry (each trip normally)
    S - Sensitive cave owner relations
    T - Cave closed temporarily or seasonally (i.e., during hunting season)
    U - A government agency has a policy of limiting access for safety or scientific reasons
    W - Access limited to scientific & serious cave work
    X - Cave is closed but exceptions may be made for some people or groups, such as an NSS chapter or the owner's friends)

The third letter gives the state of the entrance to the cave:
    F - Fenced entrance
    G - Gated entrance
    P - Permanent closure (concrete, earth, etc.)

The fourth letter gives other aspects of cave admission:
    G - Entry permission must be obtained from someone other than the owner (such as a conservation group)
    R - Entry permission must be requested from the owner
    V - A waiver must be signed before entering (see owner)

"Z" means that no data are available.
"*" means no restrictions in a category (e.g., "*" in the 3rd letter means that the entrance is in its natural state).
The date is the date that the information about the cave was received.

Cave Name 1 2 3 4 Date Comments
Maryland
Allegany County, MD
DEVILS HOLE C E * * May87 Owner fears litigation
MURLEY C Z Z Z Apr84 Water supply

Garrett County, MD
CRABTREE C D G R Nov99 Owned by Nature Conservancy. Call Donnelle Keech (301-656-8673) for access info.  Closed Labor Day - May 15.
JOHN FRIEND C D G R Nov99 Owned by Nature Conservancy. Call Donnelle Keech (301-656-8673) for access info.  Closed Labor Day - May 15.

Washington County, MD
HOGMAW C E * * Sep93 Closed by new owner.
RUHRERVILLE COLUMN C E * * Sep93 Closed by new owner.

North Carolina
Henderson County, NC
BAT CAVE SYSTEM C W * R Mar89 Controlled by Nature Conservancy, some science trips may be allowed

Tennessee
Carter County, TN
BLUE SPRING C D G Z Apr84 Gated, Holston Valley has key.
CARTER COUNTY CRYSTAL L X G R Jan09 Very limited access allowed. Waiver required. 
ROCK HOUSE Z Z Z Z Apr84 Water supply (is it closed???).

Claiborne County, TN
COONSIES CREEK C E * * Feb99 Owner concerned about liability.
ENGLISH C T * * Aug97 Known Indiana bat population.
JOHN LAIRD C E * * Nov98 Water supply
WHITE BUIS C E * * Feb99 Known bat population.

Johnson County, TN
JOSH HOLE L N Z Z Apr84 Closed in winter for bats.

Sullivan County, TN
APPALACHIAN CAVERNS O A G * Aug97 Commercial cave
MORRELS (WORLEYS) L A G V Aug01 Gated, see on-site owner to sign waiver & pay parking fee.

Virginia
Alleghany County, VA
CARTERS C E * * Apr08 Owner worried about liability.
LOCOMOTIVE BREATH C E * * Apr08 Trespassers may be arrested.
LOWMOOR C E * * Apr08 Closed, posted, & enforced.
PAXTON O O * R Aug11 Sign in at log book on front porch and park along the road.  Absolutely no “cave for pay” groups.
WARM RIVER C E * * Sep08 Strict closure by new owner. (Cave apparently changed hands recently).

Augusta County, VA
BARTERBROOK SPRING C E * * Sep83 Closed and gated; water supply.
BLUE HOLE C E F - Sep94 Cave is a water supply.
FOUNTAIN L U G * Sep11 Owner is town of Grottoes, Va. Access for educational groups only.
GRAND CAVERNS L A G * Apr08 Commercial cave, formerly known as Weyer's.
MADISON SALTPETER C W G R Apr08 Gated. Close all year for endangered species, not bats. Contact CCV for access info.
NEFFS L X Z Z Sep83 Status update needed!
STAUNTON QUARRY C Z Z Z Sep83 Status update needed!

Bath County, VA
BLOWING L X * R Jan01 Open to NSS members who ask permission for each trip. Park across the road from the cave, not on the same side.
BOBCAT L D G V Jun15

Owned by BCCS.
Contact for access: Tony Canike 215-534-9446.

BREATHING L T * V Jul13 Cave is open from May 15 to Sept. 15 and closed at all other times. The parking area and trail to Breathing Cave have been changed by the cave owner. Please use the new parking area and new trail ONLY. The waiver container has been moved from the Lockridge's home to the new parking area. It is not necessary to ask permission to enter the cave. Please sign the waivers, and replace them in the container. Do not stop at the Lockridge's home where the container was previously located.
Coming from the northeast: The new trailhead is located 3.4 miles southwest on the Burnsville Road, Rt. 609 towards Burnsville from the Rt. 678 intersection.
Coming from the southwest: The new trailhead is 2.7 miles northeast from Burnsville on Rt. 609 (200 yards northeast of the Bath/Highland County line).
Details: Look for the permission/register box (aluminum, about a foot wide and tall) mounted on a wood post (top is painted white) on the north side of road.  The wood post is 30 feet off the edge of the road. There is a bat emblem on the box. It is not obvious (on purpose) so look carefully for the post. There are also some telephone posts/pipes along the road that are white and orange but look for the wood post with its top painted white.
There is a wide shoulder for plenty of parking. When parking, make sure the vehicle is well onto the shoulder away from the asphalt. The grass may not be always be mowed but the terrain is generally level.
Do not contact the owner. There are blank liability forms in the box. Complete the form and leave it in box.
The trail is marked with orange blazes and a white wire tied around the trees. It is important to stay on the trail all the way to the cave and to return the same way.
BUTLER-SINKING CREEK L D G V Jun15

Owned by BCCS.
Contact for access: Tony Canike 215-534-9446.

CLARKS L S * V Dec13 Contact owner for permission & parking info. Must sign in at owner’s house. You cannot walk down road to cave entrances anymore; you must rappel in. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Virginia DCR Natural Heritage Program request no entry October 15 through April 15.
CROSSROADS O D * * Apr08 Cave is owned by VSS, open to cavers.  Park in the parking lot near the cave entrance.
PORTERS L X G R Apr08 Ask entry permission from owner.
ROBIN'S RIFT L D G V Jun15

Owned by BCCS.
Contact for access: Tony Canike 215-534-9446.

STARR CHAPEL C E G * Jul99 Gated, Closed 1 Sep - 15 May for bats.
WILLIAMS C X G R Mar85 U Va Grotto manages cave, trips limited to friends of owner & UVa trips.
WITHEROS C N * R May05 Closed 1 Sep - 15 May.  Owners permission required for summer access.

Bland County, VA
BANES SPRING C T * R Apr08 Cave closed Oct.1 – Apr. 30.  Owner’s permission required for summer access.
BUDDY PENLEY C T * R Apr08 Cave closed Oct.1 – April 30.  Owner’s permission required for summer access.
COON C T * R Apr08 Cave closed Oct.1 – Apr. 30.  Owner’s permission required for summer access.
MATACHOCK C X * G Apr08 Very limited access allowed.  Do NOT contact the landowners for access.  Contact Don Anderson for additional info.
NEWBERRY-BANES C T * R Apr08 Cave closed Oct.1 – Apr. 30.  Owner’s permission required for summer access.
PAUL PENLEYS L T * R Apr08 Cave closed Oct.1 – April 30.  Owner’s permission required for summer access.
REPASS SALTPETER C E * R Apr08 Cave closed Oct. 1 - Apr. 30. Requires contact in advance and special arrangements for summer trip.
SPRING HOLLOW C X Z R Apr08 Skydusky Hollow area. Owner tired of vandals.

Botetourt County, VA
CATAWBA MURDER HOLE L X * R Apr08 Trespassers will be prosecuted. Lower levels of cave (hibernaculum) are closed to protect bats from WNS. Owner must inspect, approve caving/vertical gear before trip. Owner must be present on all cave trips.
EAGLE ROCK QUARRY CAVES C E * * Apr08 Access no longer allowed, owner concerned about liability.
PERRY SALTPETER C E * Z Apr08 Trespassers prosecuted; bat hibernaculum in winter.

Craig County, VA
NEWCASTLE MURDER HOLE L S * R Apr08 Everyone MUST sign owner's log book.
PANTHER CAVE L W * R Jan83 Status update needed!
RUFE CALDWELL C N * G Apr08 Closed 1 Sep - 15 May for bats. Contact Blue Ridge Grotto for access info. 504-989-7693.
SHIRES SALTPETER C U G Z Apr08 Gated in 1995. On NF land. Winter bats, some access May - Aug.

Frederick County, VA
BEANS C E F * Apr83 Violators will, and have been, prosecuted. Status update needed!
OGDENS C D * R MAR13 Dept. of Conservation and Recreation Natural Heritage Program. Limited access for educational, monitoring, and stewardship visits. Contact Wil Orndorff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (540-230-5960) for information.

Giles County, VA
BALLARDS L E * R Mar13 Owned by Industrial Development Authority of Giles County; requires written permission.
CANOE C E * * Sep89 Gate destroyed, owner sensitive.
CLOVER HOLLOW L O * G Apr08 Access through the Bat Ranch. Contact Mike Newsome 540-626-3386.
NEW RIVER O * * * May14 Cave acquired by the NSS in May, 2014.  Currently open for non-commercial trips by properly equipped cavers.  A formal management plan is being developed. Contact Wil Orndorff, 540-230-5960 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.
PIG HOLE L E * * Apr08 Owner allows experienced vertical cavers only, no novices.  Cavers must sign in and out (via logbook).
SALAMANDER C X * G Oct02 Very limited access allowed. Do NOT contact the landowners for access. Contact Don Anderson for additional info.
SALTPETER L E * * Oct05 Access allowed, but ask new owner for access permission.
SMOKEHOLE L S * R Apr08 Owner is upset that his fences have been damaged.  Contact landowner for access permission.
STAY HIGH C D * R Mar13 Owned by VA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation Natural Heritage Program. Limited access for educational, monitoring, and stewardship visits. Contact Wil Orndorff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (540-230-5960) for information.
TAWNEYS L E G G May15 Road entrance now gated. See www.vpicaveclub.org/Tawneys for info. Key contact is Mike Newsome 540-626-3386. Sinkhole entrance only open by permission.

Highland County, VA
ARBEGAST SALTPETER C E * * Sep02 Owner's insurance company requested cave closure.
FIVE SPRINGS L W G G Apr09 Contact Highland County Cave Survey for entry
HEVENERS #1 C * P * Sep02 Closed by rock.
HEVENERS #3 C E * * Apr09 Closed by VDGIF
HUPMANS SALTPETER C U Z * Sep02 Bat cave, closed all year by VA Game & Fishery Dept.
LANTZ MTN QUARRY C E * * Sep02 Owner worried about liability.
MARSHALLS C E * * Oct11 Cave closed & posted by the VA Div. of Game & Inland Fisheries. Permit (anf fee) apparently required to hike in the area near the cave.
MUSTOE ULCER C E * * Apr09 Closed by VDGIF
MOSQUITO C E * * Sep02 Status update needed!
PARSONAGE C E * * Apr09 Closed by VDGIF
VANDEVANDER C E G * Mar08 Owner tired of being bothered by cavers.

Lee County, VA
CUMBERLAND NP CAVES O W * R Sep83 All caves in the National Park have the same status: CLIFF, CUMBERLAND GAP QUARRY, CUMBERLAND GAP SALTPETER, GRASSY SPRING, INDIAN, LEWIS BRANCH BRIDGE, LEWIS HOLLOW, LITTLE SALTPETER, SKYLIGHT, TURTLE, and WHITE ROCKS).
FISHERS C E * * Sep00 Closure enforced by owner.
GALLOHAN #1 & #2 C E * * Mar13 Owned by the Nature Conservancy.  Closed year-round.
GAP (formerly CUDJOS) L W G * Apr08 Owned by CGNHP, check with them about access.
GIBSON-FRAZIER C X G R Apr08 Closed, gated.
GILLEY O D G R Dec12 Owned & managed by the Appalachian Cave Conservancy.  Access details are at www.acave.us.
INDIAN BURIAL C E G * Feb98 Gated in 1998 to preserve Indian remains & prevent vandalism.
JONES SALTPETER C E * * Aug97 (no info)
LUCY BEATTY C E * * Sep83 Cave is a water supply.
SURGENER C E * * Mar13 Owned by the Nature Conservancy.  Closed year-round.
UNTHANKS C D G R mar13 Owned by VA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation Natural Heritage Program. Limited access for educational, monitoring, and stewardship visits. Contact Wil Orndorff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (540-230-5960) for information.

Montgomery County, VA
JAMES C X * * Apr08 Open to cavers. Closed to Scouts, church, school, “adventure”, etc. groups.
SLUSSERS CHAPEL C E * * Apr08 Biological preserve, no access allowed.

Page County, VA
LURAY CAVERNS L W G * Jan88 Commercial cave, very limited access.
RUFFNER #1 C Z Z Z Jan88 On Luray property, contact Luray Caverns.

Pulaski County, VA
BONEMOUTH/COVEYS C E * * Mar95 (no info)
COPENHAVERS C E * * Mar95 (no info)
MAZE C E * * Mar95 Contact New River Valley Grotto for access info.

Roanoke County, VA
BLANKENSHIP C S * Z Apr08 Owner won't permit entry.
DIXIE CAVERNS L A G * Apr08 Commercial cave.
GOODWINS L D G G Apr08 Gated, violators prosecuted, contact David Socky at 540-989-7693 for access info.
LAYMANS C E * * Apr08 Owner does not permit entry.
MILLERS COVE L U * R Apr08 Owned by Jefferson National Forest. Get landowner permission to cross to NF land.
NEW DIXIE C X G R Apr08 Owned by Dixie Caverns. Their insurance company will not permit entry. Gated ca. 1992.

Rockbridge County, VA
BELL C * P * Apr08 Entrance filled in 1990's, area being developed.
BUCK HILL L A G * Apr08 Commercial cave (Natural Bridge Caverns).
CASH C X Z * Apr08 Owners may allow access to cavers they know.
CAVE SPRING C X G R Apr08 Gated; sensitive owner relations.
DOLL HOUSE C E * * Apr08 Closed by Natural Bridge.
GRAHAMS C E * * Apr08 Owner died recently, relatives no longer allow access.
SHOWALTERS C * P * Apr08 Cave filled with dirt & rocks.
SWINKS C O Z R Apr08 Owner allows access for science & mapping only.
TOLLEYS C E * * Apr08 Owner worried about liability.
TURKEY HILL C E G * Apr08 Cave is a water supply. Bad air has been encountered.
WINDMILL DEEP X W F V Apr15 Posted property, locked gate around entrance. special access possible, ONLY with written permission and signed waiver.

Rockingham County, VA
3-D MAZE L O * R Feb97 Ask owner Calvin Sheets for permission & approach cave from the north, not south across fields.
CEDAR HILL C E * * Oct02 Owner tired of access requests, please don't bother him.
DEVILS HOLE C S * * Feb93 Owner tired of people sneaking in cave & being bothered.
ENDLESS CAVERNS C A G * Jul96 Commercial cave, closed to wild trips.
HOLSINGERS C E * * Oct02 Owner tired of access requests, please don't bother him.
LINVILLE QUARRY L * * V Oct90 (no info)
LYLES PIT L O * R Feb97 Ask owner Calvin Sheets for permission & approach cave from the north, not south across fields.
MAD STEER C E * * Oct91 New owner, cave now closed.
MASSANUTTEN CAVERNS L A G * Dec83 Check with SVG or CCV for info.
MELROSE CAVERNS L X G R Nov14 Formerly commercial. VAR project. Owner plans on limited historical tours. Scout-tyoe groups can tour the cave on weekends, if permission is obtained from the owner, and a VAR member is available to give the tour.
ROUND HILL L X Z Z Apr08 Access only for science, mapping.
SUGAR NUT C E * * Sep02 Sensitive owner relations, cave is "essentially closed".

Russell County, VA
INDIAN C * P * Feb93 Entrance bulldozed shut.
JESSIE C E * * Dec91 New owner threatening to bulldoze both entrances shut.

Scott County, VA
BLAIR-COLLINS L O Z Z Apr84 Open only if you get owner's permission.
BOLLING L U * R Aug97 State park runs wild tours.
DANIEL BOONE CAVERN O D G G Dec12 Managed by the Appalachian Cave Conservancy.  Access details are at www.acave.us. (Alternate names are ELLINGTON and GILLENWATER).
LANE CAVE (RED HILL) L X * R Aug97 (no info)
OAK RIDGE O D G G Dec12 Managed by the Appalachian Cave Conservancy.  Access details are at www.acave.us.
NATURAL TUNNEL L U * R Aug97 Cave is in State Park.
NATURAL TUNNEL SHELTERS L U * R Aug97 Cave is in State Park.
NATURAL TUNNEL CAVE L U * R Aug97 Cave is in State Park.

Shenandoah County, VA
CRYSTAL CAVERNS AT HUPPS HILL C E G * Sep11 This formerly commercial cave is no longer open. (aka Battlefield Crystal Caverns).
CLICKS C E * R Jun99 Closed Oct 1 - Apr 15 for bats, open to NSS members (only) with permission at other times.
FLEMMINGS C E * * May91 Owner does not want visitors to the cave.
HELSLEY C E * * May87 Owner building new house, wants no cavers.
HENSLEYS C E * * May87 House on cave, cave sealed shut.
SHENANDOAH CAVERN L A G R Jan88 Access for science and mapping only.
SHENANDOAH WILD C X G R Oct87 Trespassers have been arrested.

Smyth County, VA
BUCHANNAN SALTPETER L O * * Apr05 Can be visited only with permission of owner.
GRINSTEAD C E * * Apr92 Owner's house next to entrance, see Dave Hubbard for more info.
HANCOCK O O * R May15 Cave now owned West Virginia Cave Conservancy. Management plan being developed.
INTERSTATE 81 C U G V Apr08 Owned by VDOT. Cave is closed, scientific access only. Rumors of entrance bulldozed untrue.
TILSONS SALTPETER C E * * Apr05 Owner won't allow access.

Tazewell County, VA
BLOWING C E * R Dec91 Owner is Fla church group, written permission req for entry.
CASSEL FARM C N * * Jan90 Closed all year by VAR (bats).
CORKSCREW L W * R Apr08 Access for science and mapping only.
FALLEN ROCK C D * R Jan90 Requires letter from J. Holsinger.
HIGGENBOTHAMS #1 (DEVILS SLIDE) C E * * Mar13 Owned by the VA Dept. of Conservation & Recreation. Closed year-round for endangered bats.
HIGGENBOTHAMS #2 C E * * Mar13 Owned by the VA Dept. of Conservation & Recreation. Closed year-round for endangered bats.
HUGH YOUNG C W * R Jan90 Letter from J. Holsinger needed.
STONLEYS (DIVIDES) C E * * Nov83 Status update needed!
WARD COVE CAVES (and caves in the immediate vicinity) C E * * Sep83 Property lessee won't permit trespassers. Status update needed!

Warren County, VA
ALLENS L X G * Sep08 On Skyline Caverns property. Contact Front Royal Grotto for access information.
CURL CRAWL CAVE C E * * Dec05 On National Park property, sometimes has bad air, blasting in the area due to nearby school construction.
FRONT ROYAL CAVERNS C E G * Sep08 Gated. Local school uses for environmental studies - contact Front royal Grotto for access information.
SKYLINE CAVERNS L W * R Apr08 Commercial cave.

Washington County, VA
PERKINS O D G G Dec12 Managed by the Appalachian Cave Conservancy.  Access details are at www.acave.us.
VICKERS C E * * Apr05 Owner concerned about caver safety.

Wise County, VA
KELLY L U * R Jan90 Owned by Jefferson National Forest, request landowner permission to cross to NF land.
OMEGA L D * G Apr08 Part of Powell Mt. Karst Preserve. Owned by CCV.
ROCKY HOLLOW C W * G Aug97 Winter closure for bats.

West Virginia
Berkeley County, WV
ANDERSON C E * * Mar07 Owned by nearby auto salvage yard. Does not allow entry to cave.
APPLEJACK C * P * Sep83 Status update needed!
BENDERS L E Z * Mar07 Owned by nearby trucking firm. Obtain permission from trucking firm.
CRICKET MAZE L E G R Nov14 Managed by Cricket Maze Cave Assoc. Experienced cavers only. Absolutely no cave-for-bay. CMCA member(s) must accompany trips.
DONALDSON> O D G R Oct13 Owned by WVCC. Bob Bennett of Tri-State Grotto controls access. Click "Cave Access" at wvcc.net.
DUPONT A & B C * P Z Mar08 No Trespassing signs - Lots of building & construction going on.
HEITTS C * P Z Apr84 Status update needed!
INDIAN RIVER> O - - - Jun12 Same status & rules as Whitings Neck.
INWOOD> C * P * May87 Cave physically closed.
JONES QUARRY C D G G Apr15

Jones Quarry is no longer an open cave. Tri-State Grotto has the only keys - the owner has no keys. The cave has a new lock - please do not bother the cave owner. To have access to the cave, you have to become a member of Tri-State Grotto (This is the owner's wish, not the grotto). Weekend trips can only occur once a week, either Sat or Sun, not both days in the same week. Trips to the cave have to be put on the calendar 2 weeks prior to the trip.  Contact Bob Bennett or Tri-State Grotto for access.

NESTLE QUARRY C E G R Apr15

Nestle Quarry Cave, Berkeley Co, WV is now gated! Info will be submitted later for access, if allowed! Possible bad air (CO2) reported in Dec. 2006. 

PIG C * P * Mar07 Cave is physically closed.
SILERS C E G * Mar12 Cave is gated and closed to all visitors by new owners.
STANDARD QUARRY C E * Z Mar08 Quarries are being filled with debris, dirt, & rock
WHITINGS NECK O - - - Jun12 Posted signs near the cave apparently don't apply to the cave. Park & walk from Yankauer Nature Preserve, 1/2 mile S of cave on Newton School Rd. Do NOT park on any property near the cave. Be quiet near entrance due to new house nearby. Do NOT park buses or other large vehicles in the Nature Preserve parking lot. Take them elsewhere (like Martinsburg) until your group is scheduled to leave the cave.

Grant County, WV
ELKHORN MOUNTAIN (MONGOLD) L E * R Feb08 Closed June 15 - Oct 15 for bats. Permission REQUIRED for entry. Contact Linda Devine or Tim McDougle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for access permission.
PEACOCK C E * * Feb08 Closed all year for bats, cave is on USFS land.

Greenbrier County, WV
ACME QUARRY C E Z Z Jan00 New owners, land posted, owners say cave is closed.
BENEDICTS (Persinger Entrance) O D * * Oct13 Cave open, but contact WVCC for driving and parking directions at www.wvcc.net.
BOAR HOLE O * G * Dec08 (no info)
BONE-NORMAN O * * * Apr08 Open to cavers. Parking space is limited, be sure that all wheels of vehicles are completely off the road surface.
BUCKEYE CREEK L E * R May12 Permission required.  A WVACS member must be on the trip.
COFFMAN C X * Z Sep83 Status update needed!
CRICKET C Z Z Z Dec94 Entrance rumored(?) to be filled in.
CROOKSHANK (FRIARS HOLE) L T * R Oct98 Vertical entrance. Same status as Friars Hole System (Pocahontas County).
CULVERSON CREEK O * * * Apr08 Contact Bill Balfour 304-497-0859 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for access info.
DEEMS (ORGAN) O D * G Apr08 Contact Ed Swepston 304-645-6984 for permission and trip arrangements.
ERWINS (ORGAN) Z Z Z Z Jun98 Access info needed.
FOX CAVE L S * R Sep95 Maximum group size of 3 people.
FOXHOLE #1 C E * * Oct99 Very unfriendly landowner.
GENERAL DAVIS C D G R Feb08 Gated to protect very rare salamander & small bat colony. Contact WV Chapter of Nature Conservancy, 304-345-4350.
GREAT ESCAPE (ORGAN) C E * * Oct99 Very unfriendly landowner.
HEDRICKS (ORGAN) C E * * Oct99 Very unfriendly landowner.
HIGGINBOTHAMS O * * R Apr01 Get permission from owner on property & sign owner's log book.
HUMPHREYS L W * R Jan00 Very limited access to experienced vertical caves.  Ask first.
LIPPS (ORGAN) O D F G Apr08 Open, very limited parking, don't block the road. Be considerate of the new fence. Contact Ed Swepston 304-645-6984 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for permission and trip arrangements.
LOST WORLD C A G * Jun98 Commercial cave.
LUDINGTON C E * * Apr05 Bell entrance now definitely closed by owner, don't even ask for access. Ludington entrance now considered closed because owner recently died.
MASTERS (ORGAN) Z Z Z Z Jun98 Access info needed.
MCCLUNGS (Freeman Entrance) C E * * Aug07 Closed. Contact WVCC for latest info, but consider using Lightner Entrance for access instead.  Do NOT contact the current owner (he does not want to be bothered by anyone, especially cavers).
MCCLUNGS (Lightner Entrance) O * * * Sep13 Lightners entrance (vertical) owned by WVCC and open to qualified vertical cavers. Park near the WVCC kiosk and don't drive to the cave.
MAXWELTON SINK C * P * Sep13 New entrance owned by WVCC. Open for survey & scientific work only. Permission needed in advance. See www.maxweltongeosolutions.com/cave/resourcesSinkCave.html for info and contact Jeff Bray for project info. All other entrances physically closed.
ORGAN CAVE (main entrance) L E G R Aug05 Access for experienced cavers is usually allowed.  Ask the owners ahead of time. No carbide allowed.
PIERCYS C D * * Feb 08 Owned by Nature Conservancy, closed 1 Sep - 1 May (bats), contact Monroe County Cavers for access info.
PIERCYS MILL O O * * Oct07 Speak with resident, Mr. Steve Cole, upon arrival at cave. If not home, leave a note with the number of people on trip.
PLASTIC BAG C E * * Dec08 same access status as POOR FARM (below)
POOR FARM C E G * Dec08 Owner tired of being bothered and no longer allows access. Please don't pester him.
THE PORTAL O * * * Dec08 (no info)
RAPPS CAVE C E G G Sep13 Entrance leased by WVCC, access normally not allowed. Contact WVCC for access info.
RUBBER CHICKEN (FRIARS HOLE) C E P * Oct98 Entrance sealed with flood debris & owner allows no access.
SINKS OF THE RUN Z Z Z Z Apr08 Status unknown.
SIVELYS #2 & #3 (ORGAN) Z Z Z Z Jun98 New owner in 1997, access info needed.
WADES C E * * Apr05 Cave is currently closed.
WALTONS C E * * Dec88 Owned by Vanderpool water supply.

Hardy County, WV
DYERS C U * R Feb09 WV DNR has requested avoiding winter visits (Oct. 15 - May 15) to avoid disturbing the growing colony of hibernating bats.  Summer access allowed, but please follow WNS decontamination procedures.
HINKLE SCHOOL PIT C * P * Oct98 Entrance filled with trash.

Jefferson County, WV
BYRD ORCHARD SINK C * P * Mar07 Cave is physically closed.
CHARLES TOWN (LAKELAND) C W G R Mar07 Cave owned by city of Charles Town - Does not usually give permission for entry - Around 2002 water in the cave contained traces of petroleum.
DEAD DOG L * G R Mar07 Cave probably open with permission. Mr. Brown, the owner, has the gate key.
DITMER SQUEEZE C E * Z May87 Owner not interested in cavers.
GEORGE WASHINGTON C E * * Mar06 Land posted "no trespassing at any time."
HARPERS FERRY CAVERNS C E * * Aug97 Former commercial cave, VERY closed by owner. Property for sale.
JOHN BROWN C U G * Mar08 Physically gated by RR (not Park Service) - No entry
MOLERS< C E G * Jul96 Cave closed & gated 7/94, Management plan being developed. No entry allowed.

Mercer County, WV
CALDWELL C U * * Feb08 Cave added to list at request of WV DNR due to WNS situation.
HONACKER C U * * Feb08 Cave added to list at request of WV DNR due to WNS situation.

Monroe County, WV
ARGOBRITES C E * * Nov84 Fish stocked in entrance stream.
CHAMBERS C E * * Sep88 (no info)
CHRISTIE PIT L X * R Apr05 Contact Mr. Blakeslee in Union.
CROWDER L S * R Nov83 Landowner permission required for access.
GREENVILLE SALTPETER C E G V Sep08 All entrances now gated. Area near Millpond Entr closed 1 Sep - 15 May for bats. Cave is currently closed to everyone because or ongoing litigation between the two owners.
HAYNES O D G G Mar16 Gated - contact WVCC Manager Ed Saugstad (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for access information.
HUNT (CONNELL) C X P R Apr05 Landowner permission required. Contact Jeff Bray at 304-645-5359 for info on contacting landowner.
HURRICANE RIDGE L W G G Apr05 Contact Jeff Bray 304-645-5359 for access info.
LAUREL CREEK C E * * Dec94 ALL 4 entrances now closed. Owner mad about inappropriate activities in the cave.
LEMON HOLE C E * * Nov83 Status update needed!
PATTON C E * * Aug08 Sensitive landowner relations. Cave closed in winter due to bats. No access currently allowed at other times by the owner.
SCOTT HOLLOW C E G * Feb 11 Cave is now CLOSED to all access for an undetermined time. Please do not attempt to contact the owner until the situation changes.
UNION L E * V Apr05 Limited access for survey and scientific work only, all other access denied by landowner. Waiver required. contact Jeff Bray for info at 304-645-5359.

Morgan County, WV
ROCK GAP C E * * Sep92 Very closed, flood prone.

Pendleton County, WV
BIG EYE PIT C E * * Jul95 Landowner denies access.
BLOOD O * * * Jun08 Cave added to list at request of WV DNR in Feb 08 due to WNS situation.  As of June 2008 the cave is reopened, but pleaase follow decontamination procedures.
BLOWHHOLE C E Z Z Mar94 Hostile owner for main entrance.
CAVE MOUNTAIN L U G Z Apr15 Closed 1 Apr to 15 Sep (nursery cave for rare bats) (cave is on USFS land and is now CLOSED year-round by the USFS).
CAVE RAT C E * G Jul16 Beginning January 1st 2017: The cave is open to competent and properly equipped cavers between January 1st & August 31st of each year. OFF LIMITS and no trespassing the remainder of the year per the owner. Permitted access is only gained by contacting the John Guilday Cave Preserve manager Earl Suitor at 703-431-2661 or wvcaver (at) verizon (dot) net per the owner. No trespassing without special permission. Caving groups are limited to 8 with no more than 3 cars. Permits & combination to gate are required.
CON L * G G Mar01 Gated, see Rick Lambert for access info.
COWHOLE WELL C E * * Sep99 Owner strongly dislikes trespassers.
EYE PIT C * P * Jul 95 Entrance filled with trash.
FIELDHOUSE L E * R Feb15 Ask permission from owner and DO NOT park along paved road. Park only in small poweer line cleraring well off Dilly Hill Road.  Parking info available at http://www.psc-cavers.org/articles/FieldhouseCaveAccess.html.
FLOOD L W P G Apr15 Very tight entrance, probably silted shut, cave floods, some access for scientific study.
FLOYD WAGGYS C X * V Jun00 Owner permits only Syracuse Univ Outing Club trips.
FLUTE C U * * Feb08 WV DNR now owns cave, access policy being developed, closed until further notice.
GALE WARNER (LITTLE SENECA) C E F * Mar99 Cave fenced closed until at least 2004 for bat recovery project.
GRAVEYARD C E * * Jul92 Adjacent caves also closed.
GYPSUM L E * R Mar01 Owner's permission required before each trip.
HAMILTON O * * * Apr15 Cave is open to properly equipped (helmet and 3 light sources) non-commercial users. This was a major WNS site so please decontaminate all gear before going to any non-WNS caves (especially caves outside Virginia and West Virginia).
HARPER PIT L O * R Feb15 Open, but permission required from owner for access & parking.  Park in gravel lot off GV Limestone Road.
HELLHOLE C E F * Feb15 Closed 1 Sep - 15 May (bats), quarry has leased entrance. NO ACCESS AT ANY TIME!!!!
HOFFMAN PIT C E * * Feb08 Closed for bats by DNR.
HOFFMAN SCHOOL C U G Z Feb08 Owned by WV DNR. Closed 1 Sep - 15 May for bats. Summer access unknown, but doubtful. Gated by USFWS.
HOURGLASS L E * R Apr03 Written permission needed for access. Contact owner, Ms. Bowers, at Macksville Mart S of Seneca Rocks for access permission.
KENNY SIMMONS C E * * Feb09 Cave is closed due to WNS being present in other Pendleton County caves. No access allowed.
LAMBERT #1 C E G R Feb08 Closed 1 Apr - 15 Sep (bats), get permission, don't block mailbox or driveway. Gated in 1994.
LAWRENCE DOME PIT (FIELDHOUSE) L E * R Apr05 Ask permission from owner and DO NOT park along paved road. Parking info available at http://www.psc-cavers.org/articles/FieldhouseCaveAccess.html.
LITTLE EYE PIT C E * * Jul95 Landowner denies access.
MEMORIAL DAY C D G V Feb15 Quarry has leased entrance. Access controlled by Germany Valley Karst Survey. Permission and waiver required for any access.
MILL RUN L U * * Feb08 Closed Apr 1 - Sep 15 for bats.
MINOR REXRODE C N F * Feb08 Closed all year by owner for Va. Long Ear bats.
MOYERS TWIN WELLS C E * * Jul95 Landowner denies access.
MYSTIC C E * * Jun16 CLOSED until further notice. New owners. 
NEW QUARRY C * P * Nov05 Entrance plugged with dirt in September 1999, area posted by State.
NEW TROUT O * * * Apr15 Cave is open to properly equipped (helmet and 3 light sources) non-commercial users.  Please use only properly decontaminated cave gear because WNS has not yet been seen in this cave.
NUT L U G R Nov96 Access for serious studies with permission. Enforced by owner. Gated.
ONEGO MILL C E * * Oct89 Closed by owner, entrance usually underwater, may be silted shut.
PROPST C E * * Apr02 Owner concerned about vandalism.
QUARRY C * * * Nov05 Entire quarry now posted as "State property, no trespassing." (Note: signs missing as of 7/12. Probably just stolen).
ROARING CREEK C E * * Mar84 Closed by very mad owner.
SALTPETRE C * * * Feb08 Closed all year due to bats. Contact George Dasher for info.
SCHOOLHOUSE C U F * Feb15 Closed all year for bats, USFWS fence.
SHORT C X * * Nov97 Owner won't allow any access.
SHOVELEATER L W G G  Jan16

Cave closed except for GVKS project trips. No parking on Dolly Hill Road. Contact GVKS for current info.

SINNETT L U G G Aug11 Closed 1 Apr - 15 Sep (bats). Sinnett is now closed all year due to WNS with the following exception: It is open ONLY from Sept. 15 - Oct. 2, 2011. Check the Sinnett-Thorn Cave Conservancy Web site at www.psc-cavers.org/stcc/ for access info. Waiver is mandatory. DO NOT CONTACT THE OWNER!
SITES C E * G Jul16 Beginning January 1st 2017: The cave is open to vertically proficient, capable and properly equipped vertical cavers between January 1st & August 31st of each year. OFF LIMITS and no trespassing the remainder of the year per the owner. Permitted access is only gained by contacting the John Guilday Cave Preserve manager Earl Suitor at 703-431-2661 or wvcaver (at) verizon (dot) net per the owner. No trespassing without special permission. Caving groups are limited to 8 with no more than 3 cars. Permits & combination to gate are required.
SITES ATTIC C E * G Jul16

Special permission may be obtained on a limited basis from John Guilday Cave Preserve manager Earl Suitor at 703-431-2661 or wvcaver (at) verizon (dot) net per the owner. No trespassing without special permission.

SMOKEHOLE (cave, not caverns) C U * * Feb08 Cave added to list at request of WV DNR due to WNS situation.
STRATOSPHERE BALLOON O A * V Aug06 Former commercial cave that now allows easy wild trips (for a fee). Located on the Seneca Caverns property.
THORN MOUNTAIN L U G G Aug11 Same ownership and status as SINNETT Cave.
TROUT C E G * Apr15 Trout Cave remains closed all year. It is a WNS-positive cave with endangered Indiana bats in the winter and endangered Virginia Big-Ear bats in the summer. Other caves on the hillside are open. Trout Cave is gated.
VANCE L P T Z Mar84 May be open during drought. Sensitive cave owner relations. Tenant denies access to everyone.
VANDEVANDER L U * R Nov96 Same access status & rules as Nut.
WARNERS BROKEN DOME C * P * Jan92 Entrance filled in.
WILDCAT HOLLOW PIT C E P * Dec08 Cave buried under 30 feet of dirt by quarry operation. Area posted.

Pocahontas County, WV
BILLY CLAY PIT & CLAY PIT #2 L D * R Mar12 Owned by MAKC. Permit required.  Further info available at www.karst.org.
BILLY CLAY PIT #3 C E * R Mar12 Mr. Curtis, owner, may allow some access to cavers he knows.
BUCK RUN CAVE & BUCK RUN PIT C Z * * Mar12 Gate on Buck Run Rd locked, land leased by a hunt club.
CANADIAN HOLE C S * * Aug97 Very closed, no exceptions, owner upset about unauthorized dig & vandalism.
CARPENTER-SWAGO C E * * Mar13 Owner has closed the caves.  See www.swagofarms.com for more info on this and other caves owned by the same owner.
CANIS MAJORIS C W * R Sep93 Same access as PIDDLING PIT.
CAVE CREEK C E * * Mar12 Closed by owner.
CASS C E * * Jun09 Land now posted "No Trespassing" & farm gate is locked. Property managed by Dennis Leister, 713-203-6305, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
CASSELL L E * R Mar09 Ask permission for access. Pit entrance may be unstable after 2003 partial collapse. Use caution.
DRY CREEK VALLEY CAVES C E - - Mar12 Beverage Cave and 10 other caves in the valley are owned by the same family and are very closed by them.
FALLING SPRING C U * * Feb08 Cave added to list at request of WV DNR due to WNS.
FOX DEN PITS C Z Z Z Dec94 Structure built over cave.
FRIARS ENTRANCE (FRIARS HOLE) O * * * Oct98 This is the "south entrance" to the Friars Hole System). 1998 sale fell through, but cave still open. Park off the road, don't litter the area (as always with any cave).
FRIARS HOLE SYSTEM L T * R Mar08 Permission must be arranged with landowner in advance for ALL trips to ANY entrance. Group size limited to 20 people, no beginners. Normally closed Jan - May due to poor access road conditions. Please walk, don't drive, to cave entrances.
GREENTREE PIT C E F R Mar12 Cave on a residential lot.
GRIMES C E * * Oct91 Closure enforced by owner.
HANNA PIT C Z * * Mar12 Same access at Buck Run Cave.
LINWOOD C E * * Mar12 Owner is selling land tracts & denies access to everyone. Cave is a water supply.
MARTHAS C U F * Feb08 Closed Sep 1 - May 15 (bats). Summer entry with owner permission.
MARTENS C E * * Jul03 Owner of new house near cave denies cave access.
OVERHOLT BLOWING C S * R Jun12 No access allowed at all by owners.
OVERHOLT SALTPETER C E * * Mar12 Closed by owner. Ten other nearby small caves & dead-bottom pits owned by same family are also closed.
PIDDLING PIT C W * R Sep93 Owned by Nature Conservancy, call Greg Springer for info. Contains endangered non-bat critters.
POOR FARM L E G * Apr98 Some access allowed. Ask.
REDLICK PIT C * Z * Oct91 Entrance plugged with many trees by owner.
ROSA PIT #1, #2 C E F R Mar12 Caves are on residential lots.
SHARPS O * * * Nov05 Do NOT ask permission or bother owner. Please clean carbide dumps & other trash in cave.
SHINABERRY C * P * Oct91 Entrance silted very shut.
SNEDEGARS (FRIARS HOLE) L T * R Mar08 This is an entrance to the Friars Hole system. Permission must be arranged with landowner in advance for ALL trips to ANY entrance.  Group size limited to 20 people, no beginners. Normally closed Jan - May due to poor access road conditions.  Please walk, don't drive, to cave entrances.
TUB C * * * Feb08 Cave added to list at request of WV DNR due to WNS situation.
UPPER MARTHAS C U * * Feb08 Cave added to list at request of WV DNR due to WNS situation.
US-219 C E * R Mar12 Mr. Curtis, owner, may allow some access to cavers he knows.
WALT ALLEN (BAXTERS) C E G R Oct91 Owner still mad about caver incident in 1982.

Preston County, WV
CORNWALL C Z G Z Feb08 Bat closure from Monday after Labor Day until Monday before Memorial Day. Land being sold, future access unknown.

Randolph County, WV
BOWDEN C E * * Apr15 Front 200 feet is private, but should be considered closed since only the entrance area isn't owned by the USFS. Vast majority of cave is USFS-owned and is closed due to WNS. All back entrances are USFS-owned and are closed. Area along road may be posted.
DEVILS KITCHEN C E * * Feb00 New owner denies all access.
DREEN C U * * Feb08 Cave added to list at request of WV DNR due to WNS situation.
ELK RIVER O * * Z Dec88 Caution: cave VERY flood-prone.
FLOWERPOT L O * V Jul00 Sign waiver at Harpers Store in Seneca Rocks before going to the cave.
FORTLICK L U * * Feb08 Closed Sep 1 - May 15 for bats.
GOOSEBERRY  C E * * Feb16 Closed by owner due to bats and liability concerns, may be re-opened for limited access in the future. 
HARMANS WATERFALL C E * * Jan97 Closed by owner due to liability concerns.
IZAAK WALTON C U Z R Feb08 Closed for bats Sep 1 - May 15, entry with owner or caretaker's permission at other times.
MENNONITE YOUTH CAMP C L * Z Feb00 Closed Apr - Sep due to being used as water supply at the youth camp.
SCHMIDLEN CAVES C E * * Oct02 All caves in this area closed, landowner concerned about injuries & liability.
SHREVE-HOWELL PIT C E * * Aug97 Dispute between owners, nails on road, stay away.
SIMMONS-MINGO C U * * Feb08 Cave added to list at request of WV DNR due to WNS situation.
STEWART RUN C U * * Feb08 Cave added to list at request of WV DNR due to WNS situation.
TWO LICK RUN L U Z * Feb08 Closed Sep 1 - May 15 for bats, Cave is on USFS land.
WILDCAT HOLLOW C E * * Feb00 Owner denies all access.

Tucker County, WV
76 C E * * May10 Owner concerned about liability
ABROGAST CAVE C U F * May10 USFWS owns or leases all entrances. All are closed year-round by USFS.
BENNETT C E * * Mar07 Owner enforces closure, cave closed since 1980's.
BENNETT DEEP RIVER C E * * May10 Reason for closure unknown
BLACKWATER PIT O S * * Jul00 located in Blackwater Canyon. Due to recent logging and environmental concerns cave should be considered closed.
BIG SPRING C U G * Feb08 closed Sep 1 - May 15 (bats), Cave on USFS land.
BOB WHITE L D * * Jul00 Owned by Nature Conservancy, managed by Monongahela Grotto. Trips limited to small groups.
CAVE HOLLOW (ARBOGAST SYS) C U F * May10 Same status as ARBOGAST.
FANCHLER PIT C E * * May10 Owner doesn't want people in the cave. Period.
HARR #2 C X * * May10 Cave is gated. Owners allow access to people they know.
HARPERS C E * * May10 Owner concerned about liability.
LIMESTONE MTN C * P * Jul00 Entrance filled by landowner in early 70's.
LUKES C E * * May10 Owner concerned about liability.
MILL RUN C E * * May06 Do not ask the landowner to go into the cave. There are extremely sensitive landowner relations.
MOORE C E * * May10 Falling Spring Entrance (Upper) is on private land and should be avoided. Other entrance is on USFS land and is closed due to WNS by the USFS.
Red Run C E * * May10 Cave is on USFS land and is closed by due to WNS by USFS.
SUICIDE SUMP C E * * May10 Cave located on USFS property and is closed due to WNS. Extremely dangerous cave due to water conditions. Do not enter if there is any chance of rain.
WATERWORLD L S * * Jul00 Located on Private Property.Extremely dangerous cave due to water conditions. Do not enter if there is any chance of rain.
WAYBRIGHT C E P * May10 Entrance was filled in the early 1970s.
WOLFORD C E * * May10 Reason for closure not known.
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