Nashville Grotto

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

Tennessee's Oldest and Boldest Caving Club

Est. 1953

Indian Gravepoint Cave 2

We Are Explorers

We explore the spaces underneath your feet.

Indian Gravepoint Cave

Conservation

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

The Cavern Tavern at TAG 2019.
Nashville Grotto's Cavern Tavern at 2019 TAG Convention.
Indian Gravepoint Cave
Indian Gravepoint cave trip - December 22, 2019.
DePriest Branch Cave Crew
Group photo from DePriest Branch Cave - January 4, 2020
Vice chair John Baker in a tight squeeze - no helmet.
Vice chair John Baker in a tight squeeze - no helmet.
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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May Virtual Grotto Meeting

by Aaron Irons
Join us for this month for, “Intro to Cave Survey & Inventory” presented by Josh Brewer. Here he’ll discuss types of data surveyors collect, how they collect it, and why it’s important to survey in the first place.
Keeping Reading
Event Announcement
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April Virtual Grotto Meeting

by Caralynn Strand
Due to increased risk with COVID-19, April's Grotto meeting will be held virtually through Zoom. We are going to be having a presentation by our very own Grotto Chair, Caralynn Strand, on Tennessee Geology.
Keeping Reading
Event Announcement
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COVID-19 Update

by Caralynn Strand
Concerns regarding the threat of the Coronavirus have been brought to the attention of the Executive Committee. For this reason, we are looking at alternatives for the meeting via web-based/virtual means.
Keeping Reading
Special News
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Savage Cove Cleanup Weekend

by Aaron Irons
Volunteers from all over TAG and beyond came together this weekend to help clean up an illegal dumpsite in Grundy County, TN.
Keeping Reading
Grotto News
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The New Nashville Grotto Website

by Aaron Irons
The Nashville Grotto website has been revamped and updated with all an all-new design meant to showcase who we are and what we do to the community.
Keeping Reading
Special News
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SERA Winter Business Meeting 2020

by Aaron Irons
The Nashville Grotto was well represented at the meeting this year by members Kim Fedrick, Julianne Ramsey, Gerald Moni, Chuck Sutherland, Rachel Saker, John Hoffelt, Chrys Hulbert. Zeke McKee, and Alan Hatcher.
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