DOGWOOD CITY GROTTO

The following is a list of events open to both members and non members of the grotto.  For a more extensive list that includes member only events/trips (that are not shown here) Click Here.  (You must be a current DCG Member to access this section)

Upcoming events

    • April 25, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Meet at McDonald's in Scottsboro
    • 4
    Register

    We will meet at the McDonald’s in Scottsboro at 9 am.  Eastern standard time. Please be willing to carpool to the cave to ensure we have enough parking. Limrock is an SCCI owned cave and each person in the group must sign the SCCI permit (do not just click the boxes but read it because there is some good information provided). Permit will be emailed once you register.

    A few minors might be accepted on the trip but reach out  to Matt Sewell at mvsewell@yahoo.com beforehand to discuss their maturity and physical levels.  Also, reach out to discuss any physical or medical concerns.

    We will have a gear check, safety and conservation meeting before entering the cave at 10am.  Plan to be in the cave for at least 5 hours. Because this is a Sunday trip and many of us will have a long drive home, the trip should be over by 4 pm or a little sooner. 

    What to expect:

    The temperature in the cave will be about 60 degree. Plan on getting wet. This is mainly a walking borehole , however there are some muddy slick areas, along with many creek crossings.

    What to wear and bring:

             Try to wear fast drying clothes. Synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon work   

    best.

             A helmet with mounted light and new/fresh batteries (if you need to rent for $5, contact Nancy Aulenbach & Jon Zetterberg ASAP! Also, you will need to bring 6 brand new AA batteries.)

             Knee pads are a must and elbow pads are optional.

             Textured garden gloves-- no cotton or leather.

             Long pants and no shorts. And an optional light, long-sleeved shirt to protect your arms is recommended.

             A light day pack.

             Snacks-- protein bars pack well. Put snacks in Ziploc bags to protect from getting wet.

             Water (32oz) recommended.

             Extra batteries for each light source protected by a water-resistant container

    Good sturdy boots or shoes. No plastic or waterproof shoes . They will only hold water and keep your feet wet.

    A large plastic bag to put your dirty wet clothes and boots in

    Clean Clothes for the ride home

    Optional camera or cell phone for pictures. They may get wet and or muddy so protect them the best way you see fit.


    • May 15, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • May's Campout @ Cavers Paradise: 900 Old Sewanee Rd, Sewanee, TN 37375
    Register

    Last Day to register to purchase a book will be

    Thursday, April 22nd!

    Exciting announcement: Our special speaker for May's Campout at Cavers Paradise in Sewanee, TN will be Michael Ray Taylor author of several caving books including his newest HIDDEN NATURE: Wild Southern Caves.

    As Larry Matthews wrote in his review of Hidden Nature for the NSS News, "This book is a love story: Mike’s love of TAG caves and TAG cavers." At the May 15 DCG meeting, Michael Ray Taylor will talk about and read from his book, HIDDEN NATURE: Wild Southern Caves, sharing stories of favorite pits and legendary TAG cavers, as well as new, unpublished information about scientific discoveries at a cave in Cannon County that he calls "a hidden Lechuguilla, east of the Mississippi." Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. As Larry wrote in his review, "Once you start reading this book, you will have a hard time putting it down."

    As a journalist, Michael has written about science and exploration for The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Houston Chronicle, Wired, OutsideReader’s DigestAudubon, and many other print and digital publications. By day he is a journalism professor who chairs the communication and theatre arts department at Henderson State University in Arkansas, but his personal enthusiasm for underground life has led him to collaborate with scientists from NASA and other research centers in various scientific studies. He is a fellow of both the National Speleological Society and The Explorers Club and has received the NSS Spelean Arts and Letters Award.

    He will be selling and autographing copies of his most recent book Hidden Nature: Wild Southern Caves which can be purchased for $20/book after his presentation. Please sign up for the number of books that you will purchase so he can get an idea of how many to bring to the campout.

    Any questions, please contact Rose Thomas at gu@dogwoodcitygrotto.org.

    Last Day to register to purchase a book will be

    Thursday, April 22nd!



    • May 15, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • May 16, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Cavers Paradise: 900 Old Sewanee Rd, Sewanee, TN 37375
    Register
    Join us for our 2nd campout meeting of 2021!

    SPECIAL NOTE: THIS CAMPOUT COST $5 PER PERSON. PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING $5 AS WE WILL PASS THE HAT AT THE MEETING TO COLLECT THE FEE. This is to help with upkeep and keep the bathrooms in repair.

    Cavers Paradise

    is a Caver owned and operated (by Maureen Handler) campground situated in the heart of TAG, and is thus centrally located for caving anywhere in the area. It features Hot showers, flush toilets, wood-fired hot tub, and RV hookups at many level campsites. It is located on top of Monteagle Mountain, and is usually several degrees cooler than the valley floor.

    Exciting announcement: Our special speaker for May's Campout 7pm on Saturday, May 15th will be Michael Ray Taylor author of several caving books including his newest HIDDEN NATURE: Wild Southern Caves.

    He will be selling and autographing copies of his most recent book Hidden Nature: Wild Southern Caves which can be purchased for $20/book after his presentation. Please sign up for the number of books that you will purchase on DCG's website so he can get an idea of how many to bring to the campout.

    Last Day to register to purchase a book on DCG's website will be Thursday, April 22nd!

    Any questions, please contact Rose Thomas at gu@dogwoodcitygrotto.org.

    Food and Supplies: The town of Monteagle, TN is about 8 miles away, on top of the mountain, and has an array of beer, mexican, fast food, and pub-style places. You had me at beer and mexican! Tip: The Piggly Wiggly here has great beer and food selection!

    Stuff to do:
    Hiking: Close by is the hiking trail to Sewanee Natural Bridge Also close is the Lost Cove / Buggytop Cave hiking area. The caves will be open May 1, but you will need to get a permit to enter any of the caves by contacting the South Cumberland State Park for details, but the hike is awesome either way.
    Russell Cave National Monument is also nearby, with an interesting trail and museum, but you cant explore the cave.
    The DCG Library is also very close to Russell, if you want to visit, be sure to make arrangements with Andy Zellner first.

    Offroading: ATV Riders can access the Franklin State Forest trails, an extensive offroad area suitable for ATV's SxS and Motorcylces (trails are too narrow for jeeps) Please TRAILER YOUR ATV to the parking area, about 3 miles away. Please dont ride your ATV in camp!!! There are also a few private offroading areas nearby.

    Caving: There are several caves within walking distance of Caver's Paradise: Hang M Hi, For few mi more and others (on state land, no permission req'd). These are more advanced caves, but the HMH entrance is a nice drop. Deerbne P is an 80' pit that is close, and right by the road (no permission req'd). Cedr Rdg. Crystal is a very easy, well decorated visit (Gated, must arrange for key) Hermit and Bible Spg are not far away horizontal caves (no permission req'd),  and also Cagles Csm (199' Pit) (no permission req'd) and S. Pittsburg Pit (160' Pit - Scci permit req'd) are also a short drive away, as are many many others.

    Paddling:
    A short paddle to view the Batflight at Nickjack Cave at Dusk each night is easily arranged - be aware that doing this on Saturday, you may miss the meeting!

    So, lots to enjoy! We'll see you there!


    • June 01, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual - Zoom
    Register
    Join us for our 6th regular meeting of 2021, held virtually via Zoom.

    Stay tuned for our featured presentation.
    • June 28, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • July 02, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Weed, CA

    The 2021 NSS Convention is being held in Weed, CA from June 28 through July 2. There will be daily sessions and led caving trips. This event is open to all NSS members. Visit the convention website to register and for more information: http://nss2021.caves.org/

    • July 10, 2021
    • 7:00 AM (EDT)
    • July 11, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sinking Cove Cave Preserve: Franklin County, Tennessee
    Register

    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 9th, and this event will go through Sunday, July 11th. 

    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 a member of the Board of Directors if you run into any issues.

    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! 

    • August 03, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual - Zoom
    Register
    Join us for our 8th regular meeting of 2021, held virtually via Zoom.

    This meeting will feature our famous grotto auction.  Stay tuned for details!
    • August 13, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • August 15, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Mt. Vernon, KY
    Karst-O-Rama 2021

    Karst-O-Rama (KOR) is the annual caving convention hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Grotto (GCG). It takes place at The Great Saltpetre Cave Preserve (GSP) near Mt. Vernon, KY. KOR is like a family reunion that’s presented by cavers volunteering their time and talents for cavers and runs from Friday through Sunday, featuring guided cave trips, cave equipment vendors, the Guano Grill (snack shack), kids activities, and caving related contests, among other activities. There is a “Howdy Party” Friday evening for everyone to get reacquainted and on Saturday evening there is a banquet, program, and door prizes followed by music and a dance party. Proceeds from KOR benefit both The Great Saltpetre Cave Preserve and GCG’s Conservancies Donation Fund.


    Event details can be found here:
    http://karstorama.com/
    • September 04, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • September 05, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Billygoat Point: 1325 Sunset Dr. Rising Fawn, GA 30738 (Read the description)
    Register
    Join us for our 4th campout meeting of 2021!

    Billygoat Point Info and Directions

    Friday Camping is fine! Grotto Meeting is Saturday Night at 7:00 PM Eastern!

    About the (Best. Campsite. Ever):

    Billygoat point is a privately owned campsite with a fantastic 270 Deg. view of the Lookout Valley and Johnson's Crook that easily rivals nearby Cloudland Canyon. We are camping here by special arrangement, because the DCG have been respectful users of the area for many years. While we visit, please follow these rules (which should apply ANYWHERE you camp!)

    * Please go well away from camp or water sources to do personal business. ALWAYS bury your business, or better yet, put it in a bag and take it with you!

    * Please only burn a fire in the central fire-ring.

    * Please take ALL garbage with you.

    * This is primitive camping, there is no water or electricity.

    * Please be space-efficient - there will be around 45 of us, so if you're tent camping, please park back along the road and walk a short distance in to set up.

    * Please leave room for those who are camping in their vehicles if you are not. (Insider tip: there are some nice sleeping opportunities for those with hammocks...)

    Stuff to do:

    Right on site, you can spend hours gazing at the views. You can also top rope rock-climb and repel the surrounding cliffs, which vary between about 30' to 85' feet. If caving is what you're after, we are very close to Johnson's Crook, so there's easy access to those caves and pits. It's also very close to the SCCi's Fox Mtn, H. Waterfall, and Stwd. Springs preserves. Be aware that you will need a permit for any of those above, so you should get one now. Also, Pigeon Mtn is nearby, which includes Andersn Spg, and EXCELLENT hiking to Rocktown and The Pocket. More hiking nearby: Cloudland Canyon, Sitton's Gulch, and the Zahnd Natural area (another Rocktown) and Lula Lake Land Trust, with great hikes to big waterfalls...lots to do around here!

    How to get there:

    The street address is 1325 Sunset Dr. Rising Fawn, GA 30738

    Here is a google maps link, showing the gate on the left side (which should be open)

    https://goo.gl/maps/4gHk3m3rnAy

    Go through the gate, and down the dirt road for a few hundred yards. The road dead-ends at the campsite. If you need beer or minor supplies, the tiny town of New Salem, GA is about 5 miles from camp.

    I hope to see you there!

    • October 05, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual - Zoom
    Register
    Join us for our 10th regular meeting of 2021, held virtually via Zoom.

    Stay tuned for our featured presentation.
    • October 07, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • October 10, 2021
    • (EDT)


    • November 01, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • November 05, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • San Marcos, TX
    24th National Cave & Karst Management Symposium

    The National Cave & Karst Management Symposium is the preeminent forum for promoting, advancing and sharing concepts in effective management of cave and karst resources. These biennial symposia provide an opportunity for practical synergy among cave and karst management professionals from diverse backgrounds, working in various professions and with interests spanning a broad range of cave and karst management issues. New techniques are discussed, issues addressed, solutions developed, and effective working relationships formed to help protect and conserve caves, karst, cave ecosystems, and water resources.

    NCKMS Website:
    https://nckms.org/

    Event details can be found here:
    https://nckms.org/2021-symposium
    • November 06, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • November 07, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Blue Spring, White County, TN
    Register
    Join us for our 5th campout meeting of 2021!

    Blue Spring Cove is home to TAG's longest cave, and a handful of others. Come and join us for our November campout meeting in Middle Tennessee for some classic TAG caving.

    Blue Spring Cove is primitive camping with no water and an outhouse as a restroom. The town of Sparta is not far away if supplies are needed.

    Specific directions and instructions are emailed once registered for the event.


    • December 07, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual - Zoom
    Register
    Join us for our 12th regular meeting of 2021, held virtually via Zoom.

    Stay tuned for our featured presentation.
    • January 04, 2022
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual - Zoom
    Register

    It is once again time for grotto officer elections!  The majority of this meeting will be the nomination and voting process.

    Members and guests are all welcome to attend this meeting. Please reach out to a member of the Board of Directors with any questions you may have.



Past events

April 18, 2021 Beginner/Horizontal Caving Trip to Tumbling Rock
April 17, 2021 NSS Work Weekend
April 09, 2021 Work Weekend @ Cavers Paradise
April 06, 2021 Regular Meeting - Virtual via Zoom
March 06, 2021 Regular Meeting - Campout
February 21, 2021 Horizontal exploratory trip led by Miki Manning
February 20, 2021 SERA Winter Business Meeting
February 02, 2021 DCG Regular Meeting - Virtual via Zoom
January 05, 2021 Regular Meeting - Elections
December 01, 2020 Regular Meeting
November 14, 2020 NSS Work Weekend
November 07, 2020 Campout Meeting
October 29, 2020 2020 SERA Cave Carnival
October 08, 2020 2020 TAG Fall Cave In - Canceled
October 06, 2020 Regular Meeting
October 03, 2020 Tumbling Rock Work Weekend
September 12, 2020 Super Meeting with Huntsville Grotto
September 05, 2020 Howards Waterfall Clean-up/Caving Trip.
August 04, 2020 Regular Meeting on Zoom - Auction
July 31, 2020 Trip To Howards Waterfall Led by Kyle Davis
July 17, 2020 Amicalola Falls Clean-Up and Rappel
July 11, 2020 Campout
June 02, 2020 Regular Meeting on Zoom
May 05, 2020 May Virtual Grotto Meeting
April 07, 2020 Virtual Video Monthly Grotto Meeting
March 14, 2020 Super Meeting with Sewanee Mountain Grotto
March 07, 2020 Trip To Petty Johns Led By Alex Lambie
February 22, 2020 SERA Winter Business Meeting
February 04, 2020 Regular Meeting at REI Atlanta
January 07, 2020 Regular Meeting (Elections) at REI Atlanta
December 21, 2019 Karstmas Party
December 03, 2019 Regular Meeting at REI Atlanta
November 09, 2019 Campout/Monthly Meeting
October 01, 2019 Regular Meeting at REI Atlanta
September 27, 2019 2019 TAG Fall Cave In Work Weekend
September 07, 2019 Campout/Monthly Meeting
August 06, 2019 Regular Meeting and Annual Grotto Auction at REI Atlanta
July 18, 2019 Grotto Grub Gathering
July 13, 2019 Campout/Monthly Meeting
June 17, 2019 NSS Convention
June 04, 2019 Regular Meeting at REI Atlanta
May 11, 2019 Campout/Monthly Super Meeting with Birmingham Grotto
May 02, 2019 2019 SERA Summer Cave Carnival
April 02, 2019 Regular Meeting at REI Atlanta
March 16, 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival
March 09, 2019 Campout/Monthly Meeting
March 09, 2019 HCRU SRT Class (Vertical rope skills)
February 25, 2019 Grotto Grub Gathering
February 05, 2019 Regular Meeting at REI Atlanta with Presentation by Reilly Blackwell
January 30, 2019 Grotto Grub Get Together
January 08, 2019 Regular Meeting and Annual Member Meeting at REI Atlanta
December 04, 2018 Monthly Meeting @ REI Atlanta
December 01, 2018 Annual Horizontal Tumbling Rock Trip to the Christmas Tree
November 03, 2018 Smokey's Farm Campout/Monthly Meeting
October 13, 2018 Intermediate Vertical Member trip to South Pittsburg Pit
October 04, 2018 Tag Fall Cave In
October 02, 2018 Regular Meeting @ REI Atlanta
September 22, 2018 2018 Cave In Work Weekend
September 08, 2018 Billygoat Point Campout Meeting
September 08, 2018 Advanced Horizontal Member Trip to Steward Spring cave
August 07, 2018 Regular Meeting and Annual Auction at REI Atlanta
July 30, 2018 2018 NSS Convention
July 07, 2018 Sinking Cove Campout/Monthly Meeting
June 23, 2018 NSS HQ Workday
June 16, 2018 Beginner horizontal trip led by Amber G. (Public)
June 05, 2018 Regular Meeting @ REI Atlanta
June 02, 2018 NSS HQ Workday
May 19, 2018 Beginner Horizontal Trip led by Brandon (Public)
May 19, 2018 Georgia Speleological Society Annual Meeting
May 12, 2018 SUPERMEETING @ Caver's Paradise with Sewanee Mtn. Grotto
May 06, 2018 Combo horizontal/vertical trip led by Galina (Public)
May 03, 2018 2018 SERA Cave Carnival
April 28, 2018 Beginner Horizontal Trip led by Brandon (Public)
April 21, 2018 Tennessee Cave Survey Meeting
April 03, 2018 Monthly Meeting at REI Atlanta
March 10, 2018 DCG Campout @ Moses Tomb
February 13, 2018 Monthly Meeting in Atlanta

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