The IKC does not facilitate or encourage cave visitation! Those who are interested
in caving as a recreational activity should visit one of the commercial caves in Indiana, including:
- Bluespring Caverns (Lawrence
County), RR 11 Box 988, Bedford, IN 47421. Phone (812)279-9471. The northernmost
and longest of the commercial caves; an interesting and educational boat tour. The
state-endangered, sightless Northern Cavefish (Amblyopsis spelaea) and blind
crayfish can often be observed on the tour.
- Twin Caves (Lawrence County), Spring
Mill State Park, Box 376, Mitchell, IN 47446. Phone (812)849-4129. A short but
interesting boat trip managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The Northern
Cavefish is often seen on these trips as well.
- Marengo Cave National Landmark (Crawford
County), PO Box 217, Marengo, IN 47140. Phone (812)365-2705. A very beautiful cave
in south-central Indiana, Marengo offers two different cave tours, camping, and canoeing
on the Blue River.
- Squire Boone Caverns and Village
(Harrison County) PO Box 411, Corydon, IN 47112. Phone (812)732-4382. Another very
attractive cave with waterfalls and an interesting history. For those who aren't inclined
to visit the cave, the pioneer village has its own appeal.
- Wyandotte Caves (Crawford County),
Wyandotte Caves P.O. Box 217 Marengo, IN 47140. Phone (812)365-2705. Two very interesting
caves managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the management
of Marengo Cave. The larger cave has considerable archeological significance. From November
to March, the federally- endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) hibernates in "
Several of these commercial caves also offer a more strenuous trip for the adventurous -
often including equipment rental. For more information about commercial caves, visit the
home page of the National Caves Association.
Those who are interested in a more rugged cave experience are encouraged to contact a
local "grotto" (chapter) of the National Speleological Society.
Joining a grotto will put
you in touch with people who can give you some training; recommend proper gear; instill a
conservation ethic; provide some leader-led grotto trips; and in time, provide you with