Where to find caves to explore in Georgia this summer

Unless you have a lot of experience and the proper equipment, it’s best to visit a cave as part of a tour.
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It might be hard to imagine when you spend your time in the middle of Atlanta’s lights and asphalt, but Georgia is home to more than 500 discovered caves.

Most of the state’s best caves are in Northwest Georgia, where they were formed by limestone that has dissolved into groundwater over the years.

The following are some caves to explore in Georgia:

Pettyjohn’s Cave

This cave is located in Walker County and has over six miles of underground trails. Several large rooms can be explored, as well as a tight squeeze that’s been dubbed the Worm Hole.

Location: Chickamauga - Chickamauga, GA 30707; Website: walkercountyga.gov

Sitton’s Cave

Part of Cloudland Canyon State Park, Sitton’s Cave doesn’t require ropes to safely explore it since it’s a horizontal cave, according to Georgia Girl Guides. You’ll be able to see cave formations including soda straw stalactites and travel along muddy banks along the side of an underground river.

Location: Trenton - 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA 30738; Website: showcaves.com

Ellison’s Cave

This spectacular cave has two of the deepest vertical drops in the U.S., the longest of which is 586 feet down. Located in Walker County, it has a depth of 1,063 feet and is almost 12 miles long. It’s a dangerous cave that should only be explored by very experienced cavers.

Location: Walker County; Website: walkercountyga.gov

Byer’s Cave

Fox Mountain Preserve in Dade County is the site of several caves, including Byer’s Cave, and it’s owned by the Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc. (SCCI). Byer’s is quite challenging and is one of the most advanced horizontal caves in the region.

For more information about Georgia’s caves, contact Dogwood City Grotto, a caving club in Atlanta.

Location: Dade County; Website: saveyourcaves.org

Case Cave

Like Sitton’s Cave, Case Cave is found in Cloudland Canyon State Park.

It requires rappelling in order to descend about 30 feet into the cave. About three miles of passageway are inside the cave, which includes a lake.

Location: Trenton - 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA 30738; Website: gastateparks.org

This story was originally published by Mary Caldwell in 2020 and has since been updated.

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