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NSS Members Caving Weekend

at Schoharie Caverns Nature Preserve


Thursday Aug 16, 2008 - Sunday Aug 19, 2018


Schoharie Caverns Nature Preserve in Schoharie County, NY

Merlins - John Dunham
Merlins - John Dunham
McFails - Thomas Holder
Gage - Art Palmer


The Central Connecticut Grotto would like to extend an invitation to all NSS members to come and join us for 4 days of caving in the Schoharie County (New York) area. Our goal is to give cavers from other regions an opportunity to visit some great cave preserves owned by the NSS and Northeastern Cave Conservancy. There will be guided trips for cavers of different experience levels.

Members are invited to come and stay free of charge at the Schoharie Caverns Nature Preserve, which includes a large cabin, areas for tent camping, and a 4,000-foot-long cave that has been owned and managed by the NSS for almost 25 years.

We are excited to invite cavers to come and visit nearby McFails Cave. This wet, vertical cave has been surveyed to over 7 miles in length, and is actually the very first cave owned by the NSS. McFails was donated to the NSS in 1967, 51 years ago and exploration still continues today.

The preserve has limited amount of space, and we require all members to RSVP through the event webpage so we can best plan for accommodating everyone who wishes to join us.

This event is inspired by the Louisville Grotto's NSS Members Free Camping Weekend that several cavers from the Northeast attended in 2017. We encourage more grottos to host similar events in their own regions.