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Cave Status

Open/Closed caves in our region

Northeast Cave Access StatusUpdated October 2006

Bensons and Knox (open from spring ice-out til Oct 15) require permission (signed waiver, etc.) from Emily Davis. Emily also has forms for Schoharie Cave and for surface visits to the Barton Hill, McFails and Schoharie Preserves. Stop by at Speleobooks (and get some back issues of the Caver), email or call Emily before 9 pm at (518)295-7978.

Get permission for Gage from Thom Engel at (518)478-9664 before 9 pm, 16 Equinox Ct, Delmar NY 12054, Get Onesquethaw permission from Emily or Thom.

McFails is open May 15-Oct 15; contact Tom Rider at 518-280-1135 or

Clarksville Cave
is open; park in the upper lot and please pick up litter in and outside of the cave. The cave is now owned by the NCC. Contact Mike Chu or Thom Engel at (518)478-9664 before 9 pm, 16 Equinox Ct, Delmar NY 12054 for access.

Call Bill Zinzow before 9 PM at (518)477-9263 to visit Natures Way.

Contact Joe Armstrong for ANC on Terrace Mountain.
The following are CLOSED: Airport, Barrack Zourie, Boy Scout, Caboose, Carlisle Ice, Church, Hailes, Jack Patricks, Mitchells, Overhead, Skull, South Bethlehem, and Wagon Wheel.

To reserve the Schoharie or Gage cabins call Pete Teresco at (518)372-4857 before 9 pm or e-mail

To enter Rhodes, contact Tom Barton at (914) 496-4110. For Graham Mtn contact Les Parker at (845) 469-2646 or For Surprise Cave (open May 15-Oct 15) contact local grottos, MET ( or NNJG ( Call Ellen Mann at (845)795-5706 before going into Jack Packers Cave.

The Glen Park caves, from Labyrinth to Three Falls and Commercial, are CLOSED.

Aeolus, Horse Farm Road Cave, the Purgatory karst, and the Maidstone caves are CLOSED. Morris Cave is open; park along Route 7. Plymouth and Nickwackett are open June 1 to Oct 15; contact Rick Pingree at (802)773-8767. Only 4WD vehicles may drive to Nickwackett Cave. Per-Severance and Skinner Hollow are open June thru Sept if accompanied by Greg Racicot (802)823-5371 or Rick Pingree (802)773-8767. Access Red Mtn Pit by the approved route only. Donšt make local inquiry. More Vermont info is at

The Pettibone karst and Pfizer property, Eldon French, Great Radium Springs, McMasters, Red Bat and Richmond caves are CLOSED. To visit the Natural Bridge caves get a permit from the DEM Div. of Forests and Parks Regional Office, South Mountain, Pittsfield. When visiting Bakers Quarry and vicinity, stop for permission at Avis Laresešs log cabin.

The Twin Lakes caves are CLOSED.

If you know of additions or corrections please notify Chuck Porter, Keeper of the List, at