Frick’s Cave, owned by the Southeastern Cave Conservancy sits on 33.8 acres and contains 2.7 miles of passages. It is home to 10,000 endangered gray bats and has Georgia’s only known population of the rare Tennessee Cave Salamander. Due to it’s sensitivity, this cave is closed to all visitation (except the annual Member Appreciation Day when the bats aren’t present or rare Board approved trips). Unapproved entry is illegal and can be considered harassment under the Endangered Species Act.
In December of 2017, special approval was provided by the SCCi board in support of the Veterans Adventure Group to allow a chance to see this special (horizontal) cave as part of a clean up effort of the preserve by the Veterans and SCCi volunteer ET Davis.
For a little background, the Veterans Adventure Group is a non-profit open to all veterans that is passionate about helping and supporting veterans through the difficult transition from a military world to civilian life. They provide support, guidance, and a strong network for them as they train and prepare towards a positive extreme goal that develops a sense of purpose and pride in the teams.
Meeting in the morning, the team proceeded with clearing leaves, removing invasive vines, and clearing fallen trees. The effort lasted into the mid afternoon, but accomplished more than had originally been anticipated for the day.
With the clean up effort complete, the group made its way to Frick’s Cave under the lead of SCCi volunteer ET Davis with extreme caution as not to disturb the bat population. A special thanks to SCCi and it’s board for providing this tour for the veterans of this special (horizontal) cave.
On entering the cave, Mr. Davis took the time talk about the Southeastern Cave Conservancy’s (SCCi) conservation efforts around the 10,000 endangered gray bats that reside here and the archaeological assessment that was done in 2001. Aquatic gastropod shells with broken ends (food source), tempered pottery shards, cane torch marks, and several petroglyphs were found indicating that Native Americans had visited and explored this site.
If you’d like to help support ongoing research and habitat protection for endangered bats, please considering participating in the Adopt a Frick’ss Bat fundraiser:
Please note that caving can be a dangerous activity for the inexperienced. If you have an interest in exploring caves, check out a local grotto from the National Speleological Society website so you can connect with experienced cavers in your area who will show you the ropes. Also, remember that caves can be on either private property or government land so please always ensure that you either have permission from the landowner or the proper permits obtained before visiting a cave. While there, remember to…
Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.