The majority of our work takes place in two caves: Daniel Boone Caverns in southwestern Virginia, and Carter Saltpeter Cave outside of Johnson City, TN.  Both caves are privately owned. 

Other caves we visit in the course of our research currently include Worley’s Cave (you can tour Worley’s with River and Earth Adventures and Appalachian Underground), Rock House Cave, and Rye Cove Cave at Cox Ridge.

For more information, or to become involved in recreational caving expeditions, please visit the Mountain Empire Grotto or another local caving group.  These can be found through the National Speleological Society or the Appalachian Cave Conservancy.



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