The DC and Baltimore grottoes are co-hosintg the 2019 Fall VAR Sept 26-29 at Friars Hole Cave Preserve in Lobelia, WV.


The pre-registration form will be online shortly. Pre-registration price will be $40 for adults and $25 for children 5-14. Under 5 is free. Pre-registration must be postmarked by September 14, 2019. We will be accepting PayPal.


T-shirts will be available by pre-order only. Shirts will be solid gray with our designs and are made of a 100% polyester, super-soft athletic, quick-drying, sweat-wicking material that is perfect for caving! T-shirts are available in both mens' and womens' styles, and will be $15 for XS, S, M, L, and XL, and $17 for 2CL, 3XL, and 4XL.

Friars Hold 2019 T-Shirt Front Friars Hold 2019 T-Shirt Detail Friars Hold 2019 T-Shirt Back

We will be camping in a large, mowed cow pasture iright next to the cave. Plenty of porta-potties will be supplied. Smaller campers are welcome, but larger RVs might have a difficult time. There are no hookups. This is primitive camping. Bring your own food, water, and everything you need for the weekend. There are few stores close by. Stock up in Lewisburg. This is a BYOB event.

The nearest hotels are in Marlinton, WV and Lewisburg, WV.

We will be opening on Thursday for those who want to come for a long weekend. Cave on your own on Thursday and Friday.

Friars Hole is the largest cave in West Virginia, with almost 50 miles of passage, and there are two entrances immediately adjacent to the campground. There are many other great caves with a short distance, including:

  • Culverson Creek
  • Lobelia Saltpeter Cave (WVCC)
  • Poorfarm
  • Borehole
  • and many more.
  • We are planning on a kids trip somewhere
  • There has been a special request for a geezers trip

Don't want to get dirty? There are lots of other local above ground activities including:

  • Beartown State Park ("cave without a roof")
  • Biking/Hiking on the Greenbrier River Trail
  • Kayaking on the Greenbrier River
  • The Greenbank National Radio Astronomy Observatory


Saturday's dinner will be catered by Blue Roof Caterers and will feature pork and chicken BBQ, a vegetarian option, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, tea, lemonade, and desserts.

Keeley Owens and other possible speakers will discuss the history and recent discoveries in the Friars Hole System. BYOB for the evening party and bonfire.


VAR Business Meeting under the big tarp near registration.


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