Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winter Caving with DPR Outdoor Recreation

Winter is a challenging time to plan outdoor recreation for groups, especially with this erratic weather we're having these days.  One go-to adventure for us is caving. North Carolina doesn't have much in the way of caves, but Tennessee is loaded with limestone caves.  According to the Nature Conservancy, Tennessee has over 10,000 documented caves, which means they account for over 20% of the caves in the United States.  Such is our fortune that we live close enough to day trip to one such cave, Worley's, in Bluff City Tennessee.  Our entire staff is passionate about taking care of caves and their fragile ecology. For example, we wear gloves in the gave to protect the cave formations, since our body oil will stop the growth of soda straws, stalactites and stalactmites. We go in small groups to prevent disturbing colonies of bats, and we avoid shining our lights directly on bats when we see them.
Below are some pictures from our adventure in January. We hope you'll join us on our next journey to Tennessee!