Help DC Grotto celebrate our 85th birthday and 85 years of organized caving in the United States!



Download the Registration Form and send it in now! Pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, April 23. You can pay through PayPal or with a check. Details are on the registration form.

If you do not pre-register, you will probably NOT get dinner on Saturday night. Prices if you pre-register are:

  • $45 for anyone 17 years and older
  • $35 for anyone 7 to 16 years old
  • Free for 6 and under

Prices go up $5 after pre-registration closes.


SpringVAR2024campgroundThis year's Spring VAR will be held at the East Fork Campground in Durbin, WV. This campground is nestled between Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Station and the East Fork of the Greenbrier Riber - bing your fishing poles!

 Flush Toilets Small Grocery Store - 2 miles away
 Hot Showers Gas Station - 2 miles away
 Dump Station Adult Beverage Store - 2 miles away
 Municipal Water Sources Restaurant - across the Street
 Full RV Hookup Sites ($45/night) Overnight Horse Stables (not included)


Food & Motel

SpringVAR2024station2In our effort to support the community of Durbin, Station 2 Restaurant and Motel, right across the street, will be catering our dinner. Their restaurant will also be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the entire weekend (on your dime).

If you pre-register, dinner at the campground is included in your registration fee. You will have three options for dinner:

  • Pork tenderloin, sald, green beans, mashed potatoes, and roll
  • Chicken breast, salad, green beans, mashed potatoes, and roll
  • Spaghetti, with or without meat sauce


Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome! You MUST clean up after your pets. Pets must be kept on a leash and restrained at all times.

Cell Service

Be forewarned! There is NO cell reception at the campground, but on-site Wi-Fi is included. Most phones allow calling over Wi-Fi.


Repectful alcohol use is allowed. BYOB


SpringVAR2024sinksLed Cave trips are currently being organized. Sign up for led cave trips Friday evening at the campground. The current list of led trips includes:

  • Sharps Cave
  • Cave Rat Cave
  • Trout Cave (Special opportunity - two trips planned, only open 6 weeks a year!)
  • My Cave (vertical)
  • Billy Clay Pit (vertical)
  • Harpers Pit (intermediate vertical)
  • Shoveleater (advanced vertical)

Self-guided trips

  • Kee Cave
  • New Trout
  • Hamilton
  • Sinks of Gandy
  • Stillhouse Cave

Other Activities

Don’t want to get down and dirty? Don’t blame you; there is so much to do above-ground!

Evening Festivities


Sunday, May 5

9:00 AM, VAR Business Meeting


From the north:

I-66 west to I-81 south, take Exit 296 for US-48/VA-55 toward Wardensville, WV, Take the exit toward E Moorefield, turn left onto Old West Virginia 55, turn left onto US-220 S/S Main St, Follow WV-28 S to US-250 N/Staunton Parkersburg Turnpike in Bartow, turn right onto US-250 N/Staunton Parkersburg Turnpike, left onto Nottingham RD and finally a right turn onto Meadow Lane.

From the south:

I-81 North, Take Exit 150 B to merge onto US-220 N toward Fincastle, Merge onto I-64 E, Take Exit 29 for VA-42 N toward VA-269 E, Continue on VA-42 N to Bath County, Turn left onto VA-39 W, Turn right onto US-220 N, Take VA-640 to US-250 W, Follow US-250 W to 2nd Ave in Durbin, left turn onto Nottingham RD and finally a right onto Meadow Lane.

GPS Coordinates

38.544191942385275, -79.82638124199995