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)
Following CDC guidelines in our ever evolving world, the April meeting of the Dogwood City Grotto has been cancelled. Instead of coming out and gathering in a large crowd for the evening, we suggest you use the time to watch a few caving related videos online. The National Speleological Society maintains a YouTube page that has a number of caving related videos from the years. Check it out here.
Another way we can continue to stay in touch with one another is by giving folks a friendly call in the evenings. Our website has a member directory that has most everyone's phone number. Give your friends a call or meet a new caver.
If you have any questions about anything or would like to discuss anything grotto related, please reach out to any member of the Board of Directors.
Come and join us for our campout meeting atop Lookout Mountain. This beautiful place over looks Johnsons Crook and Fox Mountain. Caving is abundant just down the hill, so come prepared to cave! If you plan on visiting a SCCi Preserve, please request a permit ahead of time through their website.
Camping at Billy Goat Point is primitive with no water or restrooms. Vehicles should not have issues accessing this site and all human and vlpet waste should be burried or packed out.
Directions: From Atlanta, take I75 north to the second Resaca exit. From here, turn left onto highway 136 and follow if through Lafayette and up Lookout Mountain. Once you reach the small community of New Salem on top of the mountain, take a left onto Cherokee Trail. Turn right at the T intersection onto Sunset Drive. Follow this road past Pennington Point and shortly after the second mailbox with a bat sticker, there will be a road with a gate on the left with orange flagging tape. Follow this unpaved road to our campsite and meeting area!
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.
Following the meeting, we will be heading over to Willy's Mexicana Grill (2566 Briarcliff Rd NE) for the meeting after the meeting for socializing and caving stories, some off which may be true.
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.
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.
The 2020 NSS Convention is being held in Elkins, WV from July 27 through July 31. 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://nsscon2020.org/?fbclid=IwAR03dBzG8OnOQSiPkYUR-C7uPobo7utPrvqFV72HaFTUM0ZTiUdxaJwmKsg
Come and join us for our annual grotto auction! Bring your lightly used caving gear that has been taking up space to donate so that someone else can put it to use. Also, bring a wad of cash, checkbook, or credit card so that you can purchase soem new gear for yourself.
Come and join us for a super meeting with the Huntsville Grotto at the NSS Headquarters! We will be camping on Friday and Saturday nights with the joint meeting being held on Saturday evening.
There are numerous caves just a short distance away and caving will be occurring throughout the weekend. There are even a handful of caves on the property.
The NSS HQ is primitive camping with water and restrooms.
The Work Weekend is time for folks to come out and help prepare the CAve In site for the big event. We will be constructing the bonfires, cleaning up the property, and making sure everything is great before the biggest weekend of them all. Chainsaws (along with proper safety equipment such as chaps and eye protection), weed eaters, loppers, pressure washers, and other tools are needed for clearing and cleaning campsites and common areas. As always, camping will be available Friday and Saturday nights. WORKERS will be fed three meals on Saturday thanks to our wonderful work weekend food crew. Volunteers will also receive a super duper TAG Fall Cave in Gift. Hope to see everyone there!
While not required, RSVP is encouraged to help us best plan for food.
For Any Questions, contact the super awesome cave in chair by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or any member of the Cave In Advisory Board or Grotto Board of Directors.
The Upper Cumberland Grotto is hosting the 69th Annual SERA Cave Carnival. The theme for this year's event is Let's Get Dirty.
Registration is available on their website here.
SERA is the Southeastern Regional Association of the National Speleological Society.
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 will posted at a closer date.
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