Caving in Virginia
The spectacular caving in Virginia’s mountains represents some of the best in the country. Did you know the state has the deepest cave in the Eastern half of the country? Our local chapters – known as grottos – are full of members dedicated to exploring Virginia Caves. Grotto meetings are a great place to meet cavers and explore wild caves in Virginia regardless of experience level.
With 8,000 members, the NSS is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, preserving, and studying caves. Our local chapters provide training, fellowship, and more to cavers regardless of experience level.
Get Underground in Virginia
Interested in caves near you? The NSS is a great way to explore and learn about caves in Virginia. Attend a meeting at one of our local chapters, meet other cavers, get training, and see Virginia caves. No experience necessary! We are a national organization dedicated to exploring, protecting, and studying caves.
About the National Speleological Society
The NSS is the largest caving-focused membership organization in the world. We exist to promote fellowship among cavers & protect, explore and study caves. With thousands of members worldwide, being a part of the NSS means being connected to cavers everywhere. There is no better way to get access to trips, training, and fellowship. But the NSS also offers the following benefits:
Get immediate digital access to over 80 years and 1,500+ issues of NSS publications, including the NSS News. For an additional $10/year, members can receive a printed copy of the News.
Get 45% or more off outdoor gear from major brands! Additionally, caving-focused vendors like Highline Rope, Inner Mountain Outfitters, and On Rope 1 all offer generous discounts to NSS members.
NSS Bookstore discounts
Discount on your first Convention
Connect with Cavers through the Membership Directory
Access to NSS Cave Preserves
Free Camping at HQ
Access to the NSS library