Where are the Caves?
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 of the commercial caves; an interesting and educational seasonal boat tour. The state-endangered, sightless Northern Cavefish (Amblyopsis hoosieri) and blind crayfish can often be observed on the tour.
- Indiana Caverns (Harrison County), 1267 Green Acres Dr SW, Corydon, IN 47122. Phone (812) 734-1200. Come see a portion of the longest cave in Indiana. Features include ice-age fossil remains, nice formations, a boat ride and a waterfall.
- 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), O'Bannon Woods State Park, 7234 Old Forest Road SW, Corydon IN 47112. Phone (812) 738-8232. Two very interesting caves managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The larger cave has considerable archeological significance. From November to March, the federally- endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) hibernates in " Big Wyandotte."
- Twin Caves (Lawrence County), Spring Mill State Park, 3333 State Road 60 E, Mitchell, IN 47446. Phone (812) 849-3534. A short but interesting seasonal boat trip managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The Northern Cavefish and blind crayfish are often seen on these trips.
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 cave locations.