The July Dogwood City Grotto meeting will be at the Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc's (SCCi) Sinking Cove Cave Preserve in Franklin County, Tennessee. This is a remote cove with many caves within walking distance from the campsite. There are horizontal and vertical caves for all skill levels available in the area. There is no cell service in the area. Be sure to keep an eye on the weather leading up to the event since there is a stream crossing to get to the campsite. Camping will be available Friday, July 7th, and this event will go through Sunday, July 9th.
A PERMIT MUST BE SIGNED IN ORDER TO BE ON THE PROPERTY.
Once you register for the event, you will be sent the permit number and link to where you can sign on the SCCi's website.
Please contact our trip coordinator if you run into any issues.
Unless someone reaches out to me (Chair: Joe Brown) to deliver a program for Saturday,
the meeting will be something along the lines of Ask Me Anything/Show & Tell/Talent show. It will start at 7PM Eastern Time, in the campground.
SANITATION ON THE PRESERVE
All visitors accessing sinking cove under an SCCi permit are required to pack out all solid waste. Several groups since we implemented this policy have been using "Restop" products. See their website at https://restop.com/products/. Also several caving vendors stock this product.
Use toilet paper sparingly and PACK IT OUT. Otherwise, burn in a very hot campfire, not with matches or a lighter. Tampons, sanitary products, etc. should also be packed out or "hot" burned. No paper is to be disposed of on the ground!
Do NOT urinate in or near the creek or on land exposed to the elements. Rocks or sandy soil is okay as long as it is at least 150 feet away from any water source. Avoid water sources, contact with insects or animals, social areas, i.e. trails, clearings.
Sanitation guidelines also apply to all pet waste.
Graywater (water that has been used for cleaning dishes, showers, etc.) should not be introduced to the stream or other natural water sources.
Failure to abide by these rules will result in future permits being denied!
About the Preserve
Sinking Cove is an SCCi cave preserve, and as such, all participants must sign the release in order to have permission to be there.
About The Cave
Sinking Cove Cave is not a warm cave. It's a stream bed cave. In some places you're walking on river cobble, in others you're wading, and the entrance closest to camp requires swimming.
- Young children will likely need floaties!
- If you're nervous about swimming, then you should bring a PFD (floaties) too!
- This cave is COLD! Bring layers of synthetic clothing. If you try to go into the cave wearing cotton, you're going to get yelled at!
There are a couple ways to do the trip.
One can take a hike on the ATV roads through the forest, then take a refreshing tour of the cave & exit at the camp, or you can do it the other way around.
More instructions, including Directions and the gate code, will be emailed to registrants Wednesday evening before the campout.