Horizontal Trip - August 12 - Mason Cave, Sumner County
I've been in this cave many times, and would be happy to lead a trip next month, if anyone is interested. I've gotten permission to visit it from a guy who lives down the road, but turns out he doesn't actually own the property, lol. However, there are no posted signs on the logging road leading to the trail, and it seems to be visited some based on the road usage.
The cave is about 15 miles north of Gallatin, so that's about an hour from Nashville. If anyone would be interested in going on a trip, or, you have personal knowledge of the cave an would like to go and/or give some advice, please let me know. This is the largest cave in Sumner County, I'm guessing it may approach 1 mile total passages. It wouldn't hurt to do a little clean up while we're in. There's some trash; beer cans and batteries mostly.
The cave is not too difficult, except for a squeeze about midway into the cave and some duck walking/ crawling for a couple 100 feet.
I do not know if this is the same cave. But years ago I went into one a few hundred feet (by myself). It was near Bransford on 31E (close to Bethpage) but North of Gallatin. It was then just a hole in the side of a cliff. I have not been there since or seen it since. I'm not even sure if this is the same cave or not.
Nonetheless, I would like to go once we figure a date/time so I can schedule.
Sounds like fun.
Millette & I will be there (or at least I will)
If anyone has a suggestion for a better meeting spot, let me know, but I'm thinking about the rivergate exit on I 65 just north of Vietnam Veteran PKWY/ 386. 8 AM or so, we could grab some breakfast at McDonalds.
Pick a definite meeting spot so I can put it in the newsletter.
First, I can't go this time due to prior committment - love to go, so maybe next time.
For everyone else, though, could you please clarify the meeting place? Don't want anyone to get left for showing up at the wrong place. The exit just north of V Vets is Long Hollow, and the Rivergate exit is just SOUTH of V Vets. Both have a McDonalds. In my opinion the Long Hollow one is better, since it's closer to the Interstate and has tons of extra parking at the Kmart next door.
As for cleaning up, just pick up some loose trash. Things like graffitti removal or formation cleaning get quite controversial - you'd want to open up a lengthy discussion about the pros and cons, and various methods, before attempting such things.
Thanks, and you all have fun. Supposed to be about a mile of dry mostly walking cave.
Oops - you're right, I was wrong about the north/south thing - sorry about that. Still, good to have the clarification since there are 2 exits, both with Mickey Ds, just one mile apart. I once missed a trip due to a miscommunication about the meeting place, and as a result I'm probably overly cautious about these things.
Again, you all have fun.
Dang, saw this too late to complain about McDonald's. Guess I'll breakfast at home and meet you all at the last minute.
Alternate breakfast choices within sight of this Mickey D's:
Wendy's (do they have breakfast?), Krystal, and Mrs. Wieners (uhh... Winners). Plus Waffle House as soon as you exit the Interstate. Chik-fil-A is about a stone's throw away in the mall parking lot, and there's an IHOP real close north on Gallatin Road. Then exit 97 has Sonic, Jack-of-the-Box, Hardee's, Cracker Barrel, and Shoney's - you could grab something up there and double back. I'm sure there's more, that's just off the top of my head.
The only place on that list I'd pay to eat is Cracker Barrel ... I know, I'm way picky. But finding my own breakfast isn't a hardship.
I would like to go along with my 2 sons. Please post a cell phone number or pm us in case there are any problems meeting up.
Dave, Sticky Feet, and Andrew
How long will it take to get to the cave and how long would you think we'll be in there? I have a social function to attend that afternoon so I need to be home by 2 I think.