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CAVES & CLIMBING

 

These caves are located along the Cumberland River or its tributaries

 

Cheatham Co.

Cedar Hill Cave- located about a 1/2 mi. N.E. of the Narrows of the Harpeth, 350 yds. N.W. of Cedar Hill School.

Church Cave- Located near the mouth of the W. fork of Pond Creek, 100 yds. N.W. of Pond Creek Church.

Finch Cave- located 1 mi. E. of Narrows of the Harpeth, .7 mi. N.W. of mouth of Mound Creek.

Neptune Saltpeter Cave- located 1.5 mi. S.W. of Neptune on N. wall of the Cumberland River, N. of the Tennessee Central RR tracks.

Parachute Cave- located approx. 2.5 mi. E. of Pegram on N. side of Harpeth River.

Twin Caves- located on E. side of Sams Creek, 1.2 mi. S.S.W. of the mouth of Sams Creek, .5mi. S.E. of  old Lillamay School.

 

Davidson Co.

 

Clees Ferry Cave- located upstream from the old Clees Ferry on the east side of the Cumberland River.

Demonbreums Cave- located upstream from downtown Nashville Tn. The birthplace of the first white child born in Middle Tennessee. About 1765 this cave was occupied by Timothe de Mont Brun and his wife.

Mill Creek Cave- located 1 mi. N.W. of Antioch on W. bank of Mill Creek.

Stones River Cave- located 1.8 mi. S. and 1,200 ft. S.W. of the old Stewarts Ferry bridge.

Tate Cave- located 2 mi. W. of the old Gower School near the headwaters of the S. fork of Indian Creek.

Jackson Co.

Antioch School Cave- located .2 mi. S.E of Antioch School, 125ft. above Flynn Creek.

Birdwell Cave- located 50ft. N. of Flynn Creek Rd. on N. bank of Flynn Creek.

Cherry Cave- located .5 mi. W. of the Cumberland River, about a 1/2 mi. S. of Clay Co. Line.

Dirt Cave- located on N. bank of Roaring River, about 1/2mi. S.E. of the mouth of Hopper Creek.

Dud's Cave- located on the W. bank of Flynn Creek,.3 mi. N. of Flynns Lick.

Haile Cave- located .3 mi. N. of Flynns Lick on W. bank of Flynn Creek.

Limestone Mine Cave- located 1 mi. S. of Flynns Lick on E. side of Hwy. 53.

Mahaney Cave- located about 1/2 mi. S.E. of Current School on W. bank of Flynn Creek.

Mahaney Pit- located about 1/2 mi. S. of Mahaney Cave.                                                                                      V. Scoggin in Coffee Co. cave 1983       

North Fork Cave- located near the headwaters of N. fork of Jennings Creek.

North Spivey Cave- located 2 mi. E. of Whitleyville, .85 mi. N.E. of where Lock Branch empties into the Cumberland River.

Rogers Cave- located on the W. side of the Cumberland River, .3 mi. S. of the mouth of Brimstone Creek.

Talley Creek Cave- located on S. side of Roaring River, W. of the mouth of Talley Creek.

Wartrace Cave- located 1.2 mi. N.W. of Highland on W. bank of Wartrace Creek.

 

 

Rutherford Co.

Snail Shell Cave- located on Stones River in Rutherford Co.

 

Sumner Co.

Indian Cave-Located at Tyree Springs near top of hollow at head of E. fork of Drakes Creek.

Mason Cave- located on W. side of Adams Hollow on tributary of Bledsoe Creek.

 

Trousdale Co.

Buzzard Cave- located 3.3 mi. S.E. of Hartsville on N. side of Cumberland River, .65 mi. E. of old Lock 6.

Cave- off Hwy. 96

Wet Cave- in Coffee Co.

*info on caves can be found in "Caves of Tennessee" by Thomas C. Barr Jr.

Questions and facts about caves in Tennessee

  1. How old are Tennessee caves? According to Moneymaker(1948) Tennessee caves may be as old as late Mesozoic Era which dates to 130-235 million years ago.

  2. There where three periods in the Mesozoic Era. Tiassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.

  3. What lived during the Mesozoic Era? Tiassic; marine reptiles, crocodiles, frogs, turtles, early mammals, early dinosours. Jurassic; dinosaurs, pterosaurs, early birds, dinoflagellates, diatoms, and early flowering plants. Creraceous; dinosaurs, salamanders, modern bony fishes, marine lizards, flowering plants, placental and marsupial mammals.

Mammoth Cave

American Cave Conservation

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NPS CAVE & KARST

HINES CAVE-

DESECRATION CONTINUES AT HINES CAVE, WAYNE COUNTY KENTUCKY "Hines Cave, about six miles from Monticello (Kentucky), yielded the most remains of any in Kentucky. The cave is spacious and well drained. The entrance is protected from wind, rain and snow by high cliffs, yet well lighted for some distance. The bottom is level and dry and this must have been a desirable shelter to the people who occupied it. There were remains from many fires and in the graves were many artifacts, awls, needles and skinning knives; in the ash beds were bones of many animals. In one grave was found the skeleton of a young woman with a round piece of shining mica of the type that comes from North Carolina. Many skeletons were found and many more artifacts, stone hoes, flint arrowheads, pipes, pottery, and textiles. Animal bones were those of a wolf, bear, rabbit, turkey, quail, turtle shells, and mussel shells. "

This excerpt from the book "Ancient Life in Kentucky"(1928) by Webb and W.D. Funkhouser makes clear the significance of this burial and habitation site of the Cherokee people. Reports indicate that Hines Cave, or Doublehead cave, (15WN1, NAGPRA designation number) was used for at least 20000 years by indigenous peoples. Yet, once again it is the target of massive grave robbing and looting. About 1994 it was reported to authorities that wholesale grave digging was going on at the cave. Dennis Banks of the American Indian Movement, Dave Pollack of the Kentucky Heritage Council, and others observed that human bones, including the skull of a small child, were in mass profusion throughout the entrance area. The Kentucky State Police were notified but no investigation is ever known to have been done. In Kentucky it is a class D felony to disturb a native burial and desecrating a cave is also illegal. Reports were made at this time to the proper law authorities and nothing was ever done. Shortly thereafter it was noted that the cave entrance had been bulldozed. Again no investigation was done by the Kentucky State Police even after many calls. Reports are that the owner, Nick Cooley ordered the bulldozing of the cave entrance to provide shelter for his cows. He has reportedly admitted it to several people including individuals of the Kentucky Heritage Council which also encompasses the Kentucky Native American Cultural Commission, that he ordered the bulldozing, and nothing was done about it in spite of the state law against cave desecration and disturbance of a native burial.

Recent developments: The Kentucky Bureau of Investigations concluded that there was no proof this was a burial site. Therefore, an investigation of the reports of grave looting is unfounded. Why is this tragic situation allowed to continue? There are state and federal laws to prevent this from occurring, but they are not being enforced. Stand with us and demand the enforcement of pertinent laws and help stop this ghoulish practice.

 

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