Georgia Speleological Survey

of the National Speleological Society


The Georgia Speleological Survey (GSS) is an archival organization for the exploration, documentation, and study of caves in Georgia (USA). The GSS has approximately 70 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.

Constitution of the GSS

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

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

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

2017 GSS Annual Meeting Saturday, June 3rd 10am ET at the SCCi’s Frick’s Cave Preserve plus Field Trip to Lula Lake Land Trust after the Meeting - and Old GSS Bulletin Sale!

The Annual Meeting of the Georgia Speleological Survey (GSS) has been set for Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 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 2017 GSS Bulletin & an updated cave data listing for 2017. 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.

After the meeting, we will be heading up Lookout Mountain to Lula Lake Land Trust about 20 minutes away to do a field trip to visit Lula Falls - one of the nicest waterfalls in Georgia - and the adjacent sandstone caves. There are about a dozen sandstone fissure, talus, and shelter caves on the property. Bring your caving gear (helmets, lights, gloves, kneepads) as many of these caves are several hundred feet long, in complete darkness, abrasive, and require chimneying. Also bring a swimsuit and towel if you like. While the land trust does not allow swimming in Lula Lake, they do allow people to play in the spray and pool at the bottom of the falls. Also bring a lunch or a snack as there is no place to eat between the meeting and the field trip.

The 2017 GSS Bulletin has 36 pages with articles including a tribute to Brian Williamson, exploration of McIntye Spring (one of Georgia’s longer caves), Confederate Niter use of Cave Spring Cave and Kingston Saltpeter Cave, a first-hand account of the Howard’s Waterfall Cave disaster, and several small cave maps and descriptions. Table of contents are available at . 

We are having a sale on old GSS Bulletins (so write down which back issues you are missing): 1991 (2 left), 1994 (4 left) & 1999 (2 left) are $2 each (normally $3); 2001 (4 left), 2002, 2003 (4 left), 2004 (2 left), 2006, 2007 & 2008 (6 left) are $3 each (normally $5); and 2009 - 2015 are $4 each (normally $8).  Table of contents are available at . We also have new t-shirts ($15, $17 for XL+) and stickers ($1)! Bring your checkbook or some cash!

The meeting's location is between Lafayette and Trenton about three miles southwest from the intersection of Georgia Highways 136 and 193. If you need directions, please send an email to and I will send you directions.

If you prepaid for a 2017 GSS membership and can't make it to the meeting, your membership package will be sent to you soon after the meeting. If you would like to renew your membership by mail, memberships are $15/year and can be sent to Georgia Speleological Survey, c/o Brent Aulenbach, Treasurer, 195 Windy Court SW, Lilburn, GA 30047. Please include your name, address, phone number (that you want to appear on the membership roster), email address, and NSS number. Family members can be added for $5/year (no GSS Bulletin & data listing). The GSS Mapbook on CD was last updated in May 2015 (typically updated every two years, but likely will not be updated in time for the meeting) and is available for $10, $5 for an update if you have previous purchased a mapbook. If you have any questions, please email or call Brent Aulenbach, GSS Treasurer at (770) 279-7674.

See the GSS Website at or email for further information.

We hope to see everyone there!

For information on past meetings, visit the Meetings page.

Something is Killing our Bats - Information about White-Nose Syndrome

As you may already know, hundreds of thousands of hibernating bats have died over the past three years in Northeastern U.S down to Virginia. While it is currently not known if it is a cause or a symptom, a tell-tale sign is a strain of white fungus that is found on the muzzle and other parts of the body of bats, and is referred to as White-Nose Syndrome,  One of the best sources of information is found on the following U.S. Fish and Wildlife website:

While White-Nose Syndrome has not been currently documented as far south as Georgia, as a precaution, it is suggested that cavers do not visit caves inhabited with lots of hibernating bats and that clothes and gear be thoroughly cleaned between visiting different caves to limit the spread of the fungus between caves. The most up-to-date suggested decontamination procedures are available here: .

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

Frick's Cave Resurvey Project, Walker County, Georgia

The GSS has an ongoing survey project at Frick’s Cave in Walker County, Georgia. Note that the GSS has obtained special permission to survey this closed cave from the Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. For more information on the project, when trips are scheduled, and how you can participate, click here.

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 hunting regulations for 2015-2016 at

Useful Links

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.

Go up to Southeastern Regional Association (SERA) Home Page

Go up to National Speleological Society Home Page

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Page last updated: Thursday, 18 May 2017 bta

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