Nashville Grotto

Secret Cave - Photo by Ashley Adkins Irons

Tennessee's Oldest and Boldest Caving Club

Est. 1953

Caralynn Strand in the Birth Canal - Depriest Branch Cave - Photo by Ashley Adkins Irons

We Are Explorers

We explore the spaces underneath your feet.

Blue Spring Cave blue Crystals


Our mission is the protect and conserve the natural spaces we enjoy.

About Nashville Grotto

The Nashville Grotto was established in 1953 as a chapter of the National Speleological Society. As part of the NSS, the grotto's mission is to promote safe and responsible caving practices, effective cave and karst management, speleology, and conservation. Our members are bound together by their love of caves and caving and their desire to learn about the underground wilderness and protect it for future generations.

Learn More About Us

Ash @ Blue Spring Cave - 1/9/2021
Ash at Blue Spring Cave - 1/9/2021
The Cavern Tavern at TAG 2019.
Nashville Grotto's Cavern Tavern at 2019 TAG Convention.
Jason Lovvorn at Balcony Sink - 12/12/2020
Jason at Balcony Sink - 12/12/2020
Indian Gravepoint Cave
Indian Gravepoint cave trip - December 22, 2019.
DePriest Branch Cave Crew
Group photo from DePriest Branch Cave - January 4, 2020
The descent into Balcony Sink - 12/12/2020
The descent into Balcony Sink - 12/12/2020
Shannon admiring a wall.
Shannon @ Indian Gravepoint Cave - 12/22/2019
Formations inside DePriest Branch Cave.
Beautiful array of formations inside DePriest Branch Cave - 1/4/2020

Recent News

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Survey Talk!

by Josh Brewer
2/23 @ 7:00 pm - This is the first of a series of short talks to discuss different aspects of cave survey featuring Nashville Grotto Vice-chair, Josh Brewer.
Keeping Reading
Classes & Workshops
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February Grotto Meeting

by Aaron Irons
Please join us for our monthly meeting. Jason Ballensky will present on Double Bopper Cave. It’s the longest cave in Arizona and the 11th longest cave in the United States. It is located in a remote part of Grand Canyon National Park.
Keeping Reading
Grotto News
December Grotto Meeting - Virtual Holiday Party Image

December Grotto Meeting - Virtual Holiday Party

by John Baker
Join us for the December Holiday Grotto Virtual Gathering this Thursday, December 3rd at 7pm. Elections will be held, followed by holiday festivities. Prizes will be given out for trivia and other contests.
Keeping Reading
Event Announcement
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October Grotto Meeting

by Caralynn Strand
Please join us for our monthly meeting on October 1st! Mike Warner and Emily Davis will be presenting: “Going Bats in New Zealand During the Onset of Covid”.
Keeping Reading
Event Announcement

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