The Sewanee Mountain Grotto is proud to host the 59th annual SERA Cave Carnival in Monteagle, TN, the heart of Grundy County from June 17-20, 2010.


Goto the SERA tab for pre-registration.


Other News:

The Sewannee Mountain Grotto won the Conservation Award this year at convention 2009.

Boss bitch was recognized as the World Champion Female cable ladder climber. & The Psycho Survey Bitches took second in the surveying contest at the 2009 International Congress of Speleology !!



2010 Officers:

President: Julie Schenck Brown

Vice President: Julie Uselton

Treasurer: Blaine Grindle

Secretary: Bambi Dunlap

Conservation Chair and Member at Large: Maureen Handler

Trip Coordinator: Peter "Mudpuppy" Michaud

Mailing Address:

Sewanee Mountain Grotto
484 Wild Heart Lane
Sewanee, TN 37375

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  • Orme
The Sewannee Mountain Grotto won the Conservation Award this year at convention 2009.  
Picture by: Cheryl
Picture by: Mark O.
Picture by: Cheryl


Orme Mountain Road cleanup details:
The watershed along Orme Mnt Road goes directly into Russel Cave. The town of Orme receives their water supply from this watershed. In 2006 and 2007 Sewanee Mountain Grotto organized massive cleanup efforts and had signs posted stating the beginning of Russel Cave Watershed.

How much was cleaned up?

20 tons of trash
400 tires
29 gas tanks
3 rusty stain cans



SMG continues to conduct ridge walks to discover new caves as well as survey existing and new caves in the TAG area.

Survey projects are open to all grotto members and hands on training is provided. At the heart of our survey projects are the Psycho Survey Bitches and Our Entourage of Manly Men.

The Psycho Survey Bitches won a silver medal in the survey competition at the 2009 International Congress of Speleology !!

Grotto meetings occur once a month, on the second Saturday. Meeting places change from month to month.

A typical meeting's schedule:
6pm - Dinner (pot luck, theme picked by host)
7pm - Meeting
8pm - Special Presentations


Guests are welcomed. Fun is a must.

For more information email:


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Send check payable to:
Sewanee Mountain Grotto
482 Wild Heart Lane
Sewanee, TN  37375

Dues are $10 due in January of each year.


"Nine out of ten dentists recommend this grotto to
keep your caves clean."

  • SERA 2010
  • Registration
  • Directions
  • General Info
  • Vendors
  • Caving Activities
  • On Site Activites
  • Off Site Activities
  • Contact Info


59th Annual SERA Cave Carnival

Where: Monteagle, TN

Date: June 17-20, 2010


Pre Registration Form: B/W Registration Form or Full color Registration Form



  • Registration Open from 12 Noon (Central Time) on Thursday until 5pm on Saturday

  • Children under 18 will not be admitted without adult supervision.

  • Adult and children 13+ registration includes guidebook.


Where is it??? SERA is being held on private property, so the place doesn’t have an official name. (It’s the same place the Thunder on the Rock music festival and motorcycle rally is held each year.)

Latitude/longitude (decimal degrees): 35.29306 -85.77224

From Chattanooga:

I-24 West towards Nashville

Exit at Monteagle #135
Turn right at end of ramp
Go 0.5 miles and turn right on Hwy 41 south (toward Tracy City, Altamont, Fall Creek Falls)
Go 2 miles and turn left on Summerfield Road (NOT Summerfield Cemetery Road, which you will pass along the way)
Go 2.8 miles and turn right (at a T) on Clouse Hill Road
Go 1.3 miles and turn left on Brawley Road (gravel)
Follow road to the gate

From Nashville:

I-24 East towards Chattanooga
Exit at Monteagle #134
Turn right at end of ramp (cross back over 24)
Go approximately 0.75 miles and turn left on Hwy 41 south (toward Tracy City, Altamont, Fall Creek Falls)

Go 2 miles and turn left on Summerfield Road (NOT Summerfield Cemetery Road, which you will pass along the way)
Go 2.8 miles and turn right (at a T) on Clouse Hill Road
Go 1.3 miles and turn left on Brawley Road (gravel)
Follow road to the gate




Schedule of Events


    7:00-7:15 Welcome by Peter “Mudpuppy” Michaud, SERA 2010 Chair (SERA Canopy - Big White Tent)

    7:15-8:00 An Introduction to the Sewanee Mountain Grotto, a Kelly Smallwood Production (SERA Canopy - Big White Tent)

    8:00-9:00 Small community cook fire; bring your fixings for hotdogs and s’mores


    9:00-5:00 TAG Road Rally (Pick-up course description at the Registration Booth)

    9:00-5:00 Survey Contest (Behind Vendor’s Row)

    2:00-4:00 Wheelbarrow Race & Sack Race (SERA Canopy – Big White Tent)

    7:00-8:00 Grundy Strut & Pooches on Parade (Begins at SERA Canopy –Big White Tent)

    8:00-11:00 Live Music by James DeForest


    9:00-12:00 Karst Conservation for Cavers, A Symposium sponsored by the SERA Karst Task Force (SERA Canopy - Big White Tent)

    9:00-2:30 30 Meter Climbing Contest (Behind Vendor’s Row)

    9:00-3:00 Survey Contest (Behind Vendor’s Row)

    12:00-3:00 County Fair (SERA Canopy – Big White Tent)

        The Best Homebrew Competition

        The Best Salsa Competition (Preserved and Freshly Prepared Category)

        The Best Brownie Competition

    1:00-6:00 Geology Fieldtrip of Grundy County with Emphasis on its Fragile Karst Environment (Departs from Registration Area)

    4:00-6:00 SCCi Annual Members Meeting & Cookout for Members and their Families (SCCi Booth on Vendor’s Row)

    7:00-8:00 Contest Awards & Door Prizes (SERA Canopy - Big White Tent)

    8:00-12:00 Terminal Syphons (SERA Canopy - Big White Tent)


  1. Ethel's Beads and Minerals
  2. Inner Mountain Outfitters
  3. On Rope 1, Inc.
  4. Southeastern Cave Conservancy
  5. Cookies and Gear
  6. Cumberland Caverns
  7. SKTF
  8. One Life Outfitters
  9. B&C Wunderwear
  10. Myrna's Mud Hut
  11. Speleobooks
  12. Potters Mud
  13. Dancing Spirit Pottery
  14. NSS Bookstore
  15. Highline Ropes
  1. Cumberland Caverns

    Thusday afternoon until 10 PM Thursday night.
    Friday 8:30 AM until 10 PM Friday night.
    Saturday 8:30 AM until . . . the people quit coming.

    Breakfast will consist of biscuits with your choice of gravy, sausage, bacon, or tenderloin.
    Lunch & supper will be burgers, hotdogs, chicken sandwiches and barbecue.

  2. T-Shirts ($15)

    T-shirts will be available with SERA 2010 image (seen to the left)
    5 color, full front print on ash gray 100% cotton short sleeve t-shirts.





    Vendors Information:
    Contact Martha at

    include "SERA Vendor" in the subject line.


  • CAVING -  SERA 2010 is a caving event! 

  • Organized cave trips as well as self-guided trips will be available.
    (Of course WNS guidelines will be followed.)

  • Cumberland Caverns and Raccoon Caverns wild cave trips are being planned. Cumberland, Raccoon, and Ruby Falls commercial tours are also available

(preliminary listing - subject to change)






  • SERA  2010 TIME TO STRUT YOUR STUFf! In conjunction with SERA 2010 Cave Carnival, Sewanee Mountain Grotto will be hosting the Grundy Strut Parade.  Its never too early to start planning  your prize winning costume or grotto float!   (details and judging criteria to come later)

  • SERA 2010 Best Cave Dog
    Allow your pet to Strut their Stuff in the first annual Pooches on Parade! (details and judging criteria to come later)

  • FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN!  Please consider entering your favorite  salsa in The Best of SERA Salsa Competition.  We will be judging two categories, home preserved salsa and freshly prepared salsa. (details and judging criteria to come later)

  • ATTENTION ALL BREWMEISTERS!  Bring on your best brew!  Bragging rights and a blue ribbon are at stake!(details and judging criteria to come later)

    (details and judging criteria to come later)

  • Games like sand volleyball, corn hole, etc. will be available for those who wish to play on site.

No organized trips are planned for the things listed below. These are self led activities.

Playground: South Cumberland Visitors Center (tennis, sand volleyball, playground (with a tall slide))

Canoe rivers: Tennessee River, Sequatchie River, or Elk Rivers.

Canoe lakes: Old Stone Fort Lake, Grundy Lake, Nickajack Lake

Mountain Biking: Saint Andrews Sewanee (12 miles of trails), University of the South (15 miles of trails), Franklin Marion State Forest (15+ miles of trails), Payne Cove Road and path from campground down into Payne Cove

Rock Climbing: Foster Falls

Rappelling: Stone Door andFalls Creek Falls

Hiking trails: Fiery Gizzard , Grundy Lakes , South Cumberland Park Meadow , Sewanee Perimeter , Frankling Marion State Forest , Savage Gulf (Stone Door, Greeter Falls, Suter Falls, Horsepound Falls), Foster Falls, and others we may have omitted.

Swimming Holes: Foster Falls, Payne Cove, Greeter Falls, Tom Pack Falls

Swimming Pools: Fowler Center at Sewanee, Tim's Ford State Park

Golf: Old Stone Fort, 9 hole course along Duck River

Fishing: Old Stone Fort Lake - fishing license required.

Jack Daniels Distillery tour: free tour, including cool cave entrance.

Historical sites: Grundy County History Center, Old Stone Fort (Native American ceremonial mounds), Marion County Civil War driving Tour, Sewanee Cemetery and Civil War flags, Coke Ovens at Grundy Lake

Wineries: Monteagle Winery

Chattanooga sites: Tennessee Aquarium, Rock City, Ruby Falls, Incline Railway, Chickamauga and Chattanooga battlefields.

Websites to help you plan your activities or just fun reading:

Vendors Information:

Contact Martha at

include "SERA Vendor" in the subject line.


General questions:

Contact Bambi at
(423) 883-6845







Pupfest 7 2009

Labor Day Weekend



Friday Volleyball 6pm
  BonFire Dark-30
Saturday Caving Trips  
  Leave for paddling Nickajack Lake 6:30
  BonFire & Band Dark-30
Sunday Caving Trips  
  Dinner 5:30
  Auction 7:00
  Bonfire Dark-30

For directions and camping reservations you must RSVP to :



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