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Georgia Speleological Survey

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National Speleological Society


About the Georgia Speleological Survey

The Georgia Speleological Survey (GSS) is an archival organization for the exploration, documentation, and study of caves in Georgia (USA). The GSS has approximately 85 members and is an internal organization of the National Speleological Society (NSS) and is a member of the Southeastern Regional Association (SERA) of the NSS.

The GSS maintains a record of caves and karst features in Georgia. A cave must be at least 30 feet of length, depth, or total traverse for inclusion in its GSS Cave Listing. Currently there are over 650 caves of record. The GSS maintains a separate Karst Feature Listing.


Exploration  •  Documentation  •  Conservation

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NEW! 2018 GSS Bulletin Call for Articles – Deadline, Sunday, April 1st, 2018

The Georgia Speleological Survey (GSS) is calling for materials for its 2018 GSS Bulletin. We need your articles! The Bulletin seeks original manuscripts, maps, exploratory trip reports and photos concerning the scientific study, history, and exploration of Georgia caves. See for an index of previous articles, to get ideas, etc. Also, if you have a photo that would look great on the cover, please submit it for consideration!

We are especially proud to provide a forum for the publication of mapping and survey projects that involve Georgia's caves. We also encourage projects that are "in process" but not 100% complete to submit an update or the 2018 Bulletin. Now is the time for those of you with such projects to submit your narratives, photographs, and maps for publication and recording in Georgia's “official" speleological publication.

You can submit articles for the Bulletin via email (or send me a hyperlink to your download site for larger graphic files) to . Please send articles as a plain text or Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format and/or file. Also format any accompanying maps, graphics or photos as separate files in the common high resolution formats as appropriate. If you need a bit of help editing your narrative, please tell me and I will be glad to assist you. Also, if you are interested in being a co-editor, please contact me!

April 1st, 2018 is the deadline for submissions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks for your interest. Brent Aulenbach and Tom Moltz, GSS Bulletin Co-Editors

NEW! 2018 GSS Annual Meeting Saturday, May 19th 10am ET at the SCCi’s Frick’s Cave Preserve plus Campout!

The Annual Meeting of the Georgia Speleological Survey (GSS) has been set for Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time at the Southeastern Cave Conservancy's Frick's Cave Preserve near LaFayette, Georgia. The GSS meeting will include an update on recent finds in Georgia, old & new business, and officer elections. Membership packages will be available and will include the 2018 GSS Bulletin & an updated cave data listing for 2018. Due to its sensitive nature, access to Frick's Cave will NOT be allowed. Participants should note that area residents have a "no dogs" policy so please leave your pets at home. The meeting will be held outside, so bring your lawn-chairs and appropriate clothing.

We also plan to have a campout both Friday and Saturday nights and will have some caving related activities planned for after the meeting. More details to come!

We hope to see everyone there!

For information on past meetings, visit the Meetings page.

NEW! All Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. Preserves/Caves now Require Permits for Visitation

Note that all Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. Preserves now require a permit for caving, hiking, and camping. These can be obtained online at . Note that while the website can provide same day permitting for many of the preserves, many other preserves requires requests to be made two or more business days in advance. Also, there are maximum limits on number of visitors and number of groups per day, so requesting your permit well in advance is suggested.

Most Georgia Wildlife Management Areas Require Hunting or Fishing Permits for Hiking & Caving

Most Georgia Wildlife Management Areas require either a hunting or fishing permit for for hiking and caving (for example, the cave-rich Crockford-Pigeon Mountain, Zahn, Otting Tract WMAs ). See for list of which WMAs require a permit. You can purchase licenses online at Fishing licenses tend to be the most cost effective to purchase. Note that the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass (GORP) has unfortunately been discontinued.

Something is Killing our Bats! Information about White Nose Syndrome–Decontaminate your Caving Gear!

White-nose syndrome is a disease affecting hibernating bats, and has killed 5.7 million bats in eastern North America since it was first documented in 2006-07 hibernation period. It is named for the white fungus that is found on the muzzle, wings, and body of hibernating bats. It spread to North Georgia in the 2012-13 hibernation period and resulted in high bat mortality. One of the best sources of information is found at:

While it has been shown that bats spread the fungus, it is strongly recommended (please!) and required for visitation of some cave to properly and thoroughly clean (decontaminate) clothes and gear between visiting different caves to minimize the probability of human spread of the fungus between caves. The most up-to-date decontamaination protocols for cavers are available at

The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCi) has adopted a Cave Visitation Policy for WNS Concerns and is posted on the SCCi WNS News page at

Useful Information

Closed Cave Lists

Caves are closed to protect the cave, its formations, biota, and archeological resources, or because the owner does not want people on his/her property or in his/her caves for one reason or another. Some caves are always closed while other caves are open only at certain times of the year or with special permission or requirements of the landowner. These lists provided include many of the more widely visited caves and are by no means an exhaustive list of the open status of all caves in the southeast. You are ultimately responsible for obtaining proper permission from the landowner before entering their caves.

Closed and Limited Access Caves of TAG List of closed and limited access caves in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. Maintained by the Dogwood City Grotto.

Significant Bat Cave List List of restricted access bat caves in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Maintained by the Nashville Grotto and the Central Basin Grotto.

Georgia Hunting Information

Hunting seasons vary greatly from one locale to another. For more information visit the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resource Division website or download the the most up-to-date hunting regulations at

Useful Links

GSS Membership/Sales information on how to become a member and GSS products for sale.

GSS Contacts Page information on current officers and positions and how to contact them.

Forms for Reporting Caves & Other Useful Information various reporting forms, information on Georgia geology, and latitude / longitude rulers.

Constitution of the GSS

NSS Affiliated Caving Grottos (Clubs) in or near Georgia

Other NSS Affiliated State Cave Surveys

Survey & Cartography Section of the NSS

Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc.

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Page last updated: Thursday, 15 March 2018 bta